Having explored the idea of spatial gaming over the last 4 years, we are continually pushing the boundaries of gaming and art to transform physical space into playgrounds that can be experienced through new gaming techniques.
We believe that the creation of spatial games like Hermaton bring about an innovative merging of games and architectural design, in a way that is rarely seen in the games Industry. What makes Hermaton unique is the underlying significance on location specific playgrounds which encourage people to experience gaming in public spaces. The design inspiration for Hermaton aims to setup augmented landscapes that can be experienced in both physical and digital space. We cross boundaries of gaming and art, to infuse public space with new experiences and direction, which can radically alter our engagement with physical objects within the built environment.
Hermaton exhibited at Bosch Shine Arts festival in S’Hertogenbosh was a novel opportunity to showcase this idea over seven giant flowerpots which were covered with artwork that trigger different levels of the Hermaton game. The resultant experience lets us merge existing environment with digital interactions that change the way people interact and engage in public spaces.
Experiencing games outside of confines of the digital screen lets us integrate the playfulness of gaming as a form of public space intervention, which has the power to reinvigorate existing architecture. Hermaton has been a really successful example of how games can become an integral part of the built environment. Our involvement in this new era of augmented landscapes constantly challenges us to explore gaming from a new perspective. The idea of merging digital experiences with physical triggers allows us to create games as an extension to the existing environment around us.
We believe that games can become an embedded part of the physical landscape, and by creating imaginative playgrounds, via physical installations, we can push the boundaries of gaming and art into immersive experiences that transcend conventional gaming traditions.
Hermaton Update on google play and App store, which has 7 new levels that work with the cone models displayed at Shine Bosch Arts Festival!
You can download and print all the trigger images to create cone models from Here:
Visit the Hermaton Shine page for more information.
We are excited to launch our latest ARki for the Porter School of Environmental Studies- which will be exhibited at the Ecological Ripples Exhibition in Tel Aviv. The app showcases the sustainable design agenda of the building in Augmented Reality, and can now be downloaded on the app store:
Snapshots of the ARki PSES app on display at the Ecological Ripples Exhibition- courtesy of Geotectura.
For more Information about the project please visit the ARki PSES project page
What's so interesting about seeing an architectural model in AR?
Well for those of you that haven't come across the technology, it's a really interesting medium to describe the narrative behind the design process in an interactive manner. ARki was a starting point to see how we could take all these architectural models that exist already in every design firm and convert them into tools which allow the user to explore the design in a more immersive way. Ideally the challenge was predominantly concerned with design communication of architectural drawings, and how you could package architectural models for a mass audience. We weren't just concerned with illustrating 3-D models in augmented reality alone, the main focus of this product was to create bespoke interactive solutions that really explain the narrative of the design in an innovative way.
Over the last 12 months we have had lots of interesting projects that have allowed us to push the boundaries of what is actually possible within augmented reality architectural visualisation. Of course the main challenge has been to do with the fact that architects don't really work with low polygon models and we spend the majority of our time trying to optimise these very complex high detail models down to something which can be converted into AR. But putting technicalities aside the main challenge for us is always on how we can create interactive environments that truly describe the key functionalities of each architectural design in real-time.
The main question I guess is why is ARki more useful than traditional visualisation techniques? And why does making an augmented reality app demonstrate the building any better than an animation or 2-D visual? Well usually I would answer that question by simply asking architects to have fun exploring the app, followed by 10 to 15 minutes of playtime....
For those who have had the experience of playing with the App you know that ARki is in fact pretty self explanatory, but for those of you who haven't had the pleasure of downloading ARki, let me take this opportunity to break down some of the fundamental perks of this app.
So like any standard 3-D animation, ARki is capable of demonstrating pretty much any form of animation that is already achievable within traditional architectural visualisation with the added bonus that you get to control these animations in real-time. That means you can demonstrate any key parameter that is unique to the design such as solar shading, wind circulation, design options, material options, sustainability and so much more at the click of a button, or in this case at the click of multiple buttons depending on how many features you want to showcase. On top of this, you get to view these models at any scale, anywhere in physical space, and in any angle you wish to experience the building, because for the first time since physical model making was invented, your ARki models exist in Augmented Reality, superimposed virtual models in the real-world, because funny enough Architects really do enjoy viewing their building designs from all sorts of funny angles.
Don't believe me? well why not take this opportunity to find out for your self by downloading ARki on the app store and let us know what you think....
ARki on the App store
We have had lots of fun with ARki so far and every project has brought tons of new potential for the platform in general. The main highlight for us has been being able to add new interactivity features that are unique to each project, and it's really exciting to see how each feature described the narrative of the design from a new perspective. Looking forward to many more years of ARki mayhem.
For more information please visit the ARki project page.
Each project has allowed us to explore interesting interactivity features which highlight certain design considerations specific for each project. Above is a screenshot of a small portion of a master-plan proposal by OAOA, and in this project we got to incorporate a number of new functions including ecotect data, program analysis, and multiple design options.
The last few Months we have been very busy spreading the word on how great ARki is for architects! here are a couple of snapshots of our presentations at Ian Simpson Architects and CGL.
Arki is an Augmented Reality service for real-time visualisation of architectural models. By incorporating AR technology within the architectural design process, ARki is able to visualise 3d models for both design and presentation purposes, helping to create an immersive visualisation technique with multiple layers of interactivity. ARki can be deployed on any ios/ android device which allows the user to explore 3d data with an added level of navigational freedom. The spatial nature of ARki provides real-time architectural visualisation which has several benefits in design communication for a multitude of architectural projects.
ARki showcases key interactive functionalities, including real-time shadow analysis, and material selection, by simply overlaying 3d models/information onto existing floorplans/siteplans. By viewing models in Augmented reality ARki also provides an added functionality to capture and record custom views of models in both movie and 2d still format. This allows users to save or share their recorded visualisations via email or social media directly from within ARki.
To create custom applications for architectural propositions, we incorporate 3d models and plans within the ARki framework, using leading AR technology, to create bespoke interactive applications based on each individual architectural project.
For any additional information about ARki please visit the ARki project page.
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