The Market Wall AR app

Moneta, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9125-2806, Rai, G. and Powell, Y., 2022. The Market Wall AR app. [Software]

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The digital artefact is an Augmented Reality (AR) App for Android realised for a research funded by Nottingham Trent University titled ‘The city of two towns: Mapping the wall of Nottingham’s French and English Boroughs through location-based technologies to foster a link between local heritage and community engagement.’ The App digitally re-created the Market Wall that historically divided the Norman borough from the Anglo-Saxon borough, plus other historical elements of the Old Market Square in Nottingham using digital locative technology (Augmented Reality). The App reproduces a realistic view of the historical Market Wall blended right into the real world. With AR technology already available on most smartphones, Nottingham citizens and tourists can easily discover and interact with the history of the city through virtual archaeology. The App and digital models were created in collaboration with research assistants Gin Rai and Yven Powell of Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, using research data and georeferenced position of the Market Wall. Using ARCore and Unreal Engine software, it was possible to realise a digital model of the Market Wall, a medieval version of the Malt Cross and the Ducking Stool. The App had all these three AR features equipped with an animation, a recorded voice over with info, and a virtual lectern to enhance the experience of the user with digital storytelling. The AR app was launched on 20 June 2022 and created interest in the local and national press and among citizens, with over 200 users in the first week downloading the app from the research website. Feedback received confirmed the fact that this relevant part of the history of Nottingham was not yet known, welcoming the possibility to easily learn interesting historical facts while engaging in a ludic activity using Augmented Reality.

Item Type: Software
Creators: Moneta, A., Rai, G. and Powell, Y.
Publisher: WIX
Date: 20 June 2022
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham School of Art & Design
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 09 Sep 2022 07:54
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2022 07:54
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