Beta test our AR experiences: ARchive LAPL
We’re in Phase 2 of beta testing for ARchive LAPL, our AR project to augment the historic, downtown Los Angeles Public Library.
We encourage you to test it out too and give us feedback! Here’s what you do:
Download the Junaio app, launch and scan the QR code in the lower, righthand corner to activate our channel.
NOTE: You’ll hear a chime and our logo appear in the upper, left corner:
After launching the Junaio App and scanning the QR code from Step one, you can now point your device to any of these different visual markers to trigger the variety AR experiences we created and placed throughout the Central Branch. (We are only posting a few highlights of our AR experiences here.)
NOTE: Make sure the channel has fully downloaded to ensure functionality.
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven
This is one of several 3D models we created to showcase the library’s incredible rare books collection. (Note: At the location, this visual marker is laying flat, rather than appearing vertically like on your screen.)
Historic FireThis visual marker is for our experiences around the historic fire that devastated the library in the 80s.
Puppet ShowThere is a stage in the back of the Children’s section that offers puppet shows Saturdays at 2PM. Since many patrons can’t attend, we thought we’d offer an augmented, on-demand version of the show playing a recent performance.
StorytimeAlso for the Children’s section, we’ll have books kids could use to trigger several (public domain) stories. We have four in English and one in Spanish.
Special CollectionsIn addition to rare books, the library as unique special collections that range from beautiful maps to vintage menus. This visual marker allows you to see their menu collection and hear from one of the collectors that donated the menus to the library.
The SphinxesThere are a pair of sphinxes that guard a statue, each holding a book with ancient Greek written on them. You can translate the writing by pointing your device at them.
The ArtistThe ceiling of the Main Lobby is covered in a vividly painted mural created by artist Renee Petropoulos. Point your device at this marker to hear an interview with Petropoulos.
Please try these out and send us your feedback! Tweet us by using the #ARchiveLAPL hashtag or email us at arjournalism [at] webjournalist.org.
Again, this is a beta of our channel.
We are no where near our final product, which will be an app. We are working with an AR design firm to create a more advanced and custom AR app, which we aim to launch early next year.
But we wanted to share this with people to get them to understand what we are working toward, even if it is a primitive, working prototype.
So, please try these out and send us your feedback! Tweet us by using the #ARchiveLAPL hashtag or email us at arjournalism [at] webjournalist.org.
// This app was created by USC students: Kaitlyn Mullin, Heather Navarro, Daniella Segura, Sydney Tuss, Serhan Ulkumen, Phoebe Unterman and Sammi Wong. (You are going to want to hire them.)
The class was led by Profe. Robert Hernandez, who received guidance from BC “Heavy” Biermann and support from USC Annenberg.
This project could not be made possible without the incredible support from the Los Angeles Public Library and the invaluable help from Ani Boyadjian and Giovanna Mannino.