Fundamentals of Immersion

May 12

Process Journal Week 2: Experiments with AR

This week I have been considering story world artifacts and the potential for using Augmented Reality (AR) for hiding additional information. The “lens” of AR serves as an additional perspective and, to my mind, begs to be included as a¬†storyworld artifact itself. How and why does the act of viewing through an AR lens modify the nature of the information revealed? How can the mechanism of AR be activated to engage critically with itself?

This week, though, I have focused on learning how to use EyeJack.

I started by making an animation using the simplest components at hand: myself and my phone’s camera. I took a few photos to serve as frames in a simple animation.


Then I opened up Photoshop, applied a “Reticulation” filter to each image to give it a bit of a mysterious feeling, and created a simple GIF animation using Photoshop’s tools.


I imagined this image and animation being somewhat like the moving pictures in Harry Potter, so I printed out a simple document with the trigger image.

EyeJack proved simple to use: the desktop EyeJack Creator app is used to upload the trigger image and the animation. The potential for setting up a series of AR interactions using EyeJack in a gallery or immersive happening space is exciting, especially with its ease of use.

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