America In A Disposable - Unity

America In A Disposable

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During the summer of 2017 I embarked on a cross country of the United States, beginning in Vancouver, BC Canada and finishing back home in New York. Along the way, I documented my trip on multiple disposable cameras, the beginning of my journey with film photography.

I have always found it difficult to decide what I should do with the photos I have taken. Other than putting them on Instagram or my website, how could I utilize them?

With my final for my Video Sculpture class, I decided I wanted to build a piece that could display the photos that I took in an interactive and stimulating way. The AR camera detects an image target, in this case being a logo I designed to signify an area from along the trip where photos were taking. Once recognized, the photos from that respective area are displayed in Augmented Reality around the logo. 

Process

I started building the concept with the idea of using my images on a physical map, and then displaying information around the photos. After getting some advice and comments on it, I decided to change to a more streamlined version of using the locations as targets and displaying the photos from there. I built an entire route inside of Google MyMaps, from there downloading a KMZ file and converting that into a PDF, and then taking that into Illustrator. 

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My goal was to design the entire route onto a map of the USA, and then laser cut all that on a single piece of wood. This was simplified into only cutting the logos and drawing out the outline of the state.

I underestimated the amount of time the designing of the locations would take, as I was struggling to make the logos into usable AR camera activator targets for Vuforia. This cut into the amount of time I gave myself for adding more interactions into the AR aspect of the piece; like activating the photos by tapping on the targets within the app, and other information being displayed about the locations.

Thoughts

Ideally, the entire route I drove would be displayed as the user views the installation. I view this as the first version of this piece, as I consider incorporating an actual physical map, having the AR targets being the actual locations on the map. Other interactions could include activating the targets by touch on the AR device, information on the locations, and more.