Workshop 1 29 April
Enjoyed the AR discovery session, a chance to explore AR potential
Workshop 2 30 April
May 1 : First task to organise a head block to be permed. Spoke to Jodi Bowen (ex Hairdressing teacher) and she said the team was really keen and would have a head block done by that afternoon.
May 3 – : Researched 3d modelling software that may have been available for free or low cost. Most 3D modelling software was more concerned with printing with 3D model printers. Eventually went with cubify. Read the instructions for taking the photos in readiness for converting to 3D.
May 8: Busy at work and after 5 days still no head block Eventually chased down the hairdressing team and set a date for captured the video needed to add to the 3D model. I used the flip camera. Job wasn’t too bad.
May 9: Took the necessary photos, used a lazy susan to spin the head block around and keep the camera at a set angle with no visible shake. First go I took 17 photos all on one plane.
May 11 – 12: Ran them through Cubify. The program hung at the uploading pictures stage. There was a lack of instructions as to what steps should be taken. I contacted Cubify and they said they would get back to me, ……still waiting
Went back to the web to search for other software, found 123D catch on the ipad but wouldn’t work there so I explored more for a desktop application. Eventually found an installation file and loaded this onto my computer. Enquired about the AR camp, booked airfares & accommodation
May 14: First attempt failed. I read more information on 1213D catch and they said to take many photos on all planes so went back to the model and took more photos, around 30 this time.
May 15: Uploaded those and this time, the software tried rendering a 3D model but it was terrible and totally unusable. Went back to the original 17 photos and tried again. No luck, someone suggested that the photos had too much detail. If I get time I will try to re-format the images
David, my colleague, asked for 4 photos, front, back, top and side and he would see if he could create a model. Unfortunately I haven’t had a response from him as he is currently on leave. Will wait in anticipation.
May 16: Finding the right software to edit the video, my computer was updated and took ages to get CS5 on my computer with Premier Pro, so resorted to using my home computer with Photoshop elements. This worked quite well. I reduced a 10:27 minute movie down to 2.47 minutes. At this stage it is without sound. To get the sound I will have to go back to the hairdressing team and get them to either record a narrative that suits the shortened video or provide a narrative that I can record. As every teaching team is time poor then this task can be difficult.
May 19: flight to Canberra, checking out maps on how to get to Canberra University, then to bed in readiness for a big day.
May 20: -3 degrees this morning, rugged up and walked about 2 klm to university. Found the building after a bit of wandering around as the new Student Accommodation was being built quite close and the map didn’t show the road closures.
Started with coffee and then the treasure hunt. This used many of the trigger images we had on our 2 day workshop. There were a few extras from Dreamworks that were advertising movies. Loved the Inspire building, met Mathew from iDesign training from Brisbane.
Welcome session by Danny and Matt and Rob Manson the creator of ARstudio
After morning tea, we had several presentations.
AR at Canberra Theatre, initially I was wondering where the talk was coming from as there was a lot of what I thought was irrelevant information on the designing and collaboration between the gaming team and the actors and directors. They were putting an outdoor theatre experience and combining it with a bit of AR and plenty of gaming software. I eventually got what they were trying to achieve by the end of their presentation.
Design 29 was really fascinating using images in the National Archives and creating ARs for the various artefacts. Most of the work was in compiling the data to present through the trigger images. Learnt more about the difficulties of trigger figures, especially using pictures, maps, drawings from greyscale pictures that are faded and very little detail and poor light. The name Design 29 gives no indication as to what the project is about. The National Archives exhibition of early Canberra can be seen with their ipads, not your own device. Open until the end of September in Canberra. The reason for their ipads was because of poor wifi most of the data was pre-loaded onto the devices so the experience was more seamless for the participant.
Garden of Australian Dreams was quite interesting but the one thing that stuck was the difficulty of getting students to develop multiple ARs in a small space, the difficulty in distinguishing each AR and then what happens to them in the future, are we developing a sort of space junk that can’t be removed unless the original creator deletes their ARs.
Apositve I originally had a look through Aurasma as part of the treasure hunt a smaller version of a poster that discussed the carbon emmissions and sustainabiltiy around the Canberra University. When I scanned the smaller Aura (buildAR) I got a picture of map which didn’t really reveal anything of interest. It was only after Amber explained her project that I later realised her poster (full-size) was made up of seven different Auras that showed carbon emissions targets, how buildings were progressing, the winners, etc. the data collection for this project was collected by Amber and took up the majority of her work which was part of her Masters (I think).
After lunch was a mini design workshop, similar to our 2 day workshop. Some very different ideas came out of this session.
The next session was on Aurasma for iPads and Aurasma for desktops so we had a hands on session and a discussion about the software and limitations.
The last session was to be a Skype session with Mataio but didn’t happen, hopefully in the morning.
Then drinks before walking back to hotel and dinner. Was disappointed about the number of people that said they were coming but didn’t turn up. Most of them were locals from Canberra, hopefully no one missed out that would have liked to come if the bookings closed due to enough participants.
May 21: 6 degrees warmer than yesterday, it was 3 degrees, had company when walking to the Uni, Rowen from Box Hill Institute of TAFE
First presentation was from Thomas Tucker from the US, he talked about how they were using AR to bring to life a section of the university from its earliest days and how they were creating 3D models of buildings, maps of the area and gathering data from some of the elderly citizens that could remember events and places in that area.
He also talked about a project that he did in the middle East, I can’t remember exactly but the focus was more on creating 3D models of ancient city that no longer existed and bringing this to life with AR. He also demonstrated his 3D model camera. Awesome, if I had a spare 50,000 dollars.
We then were able to skype in with Metaio from San Francisco (I think), he talked about AR and how it was being used in Education. He showed some great examples, especially in museums. Also many advances with marketing etc especially the pull-up pants that help kids potty train.
Next session I chose was the introduction workshop of BuildAR. Was a little disappointed as I was expecting a bit more structure but it was more individual process. Rob went around to see what people were working on and just helped them but didn’t get around to everyone. We were left to our own devices for quite a period. There was no definite break period between the repeat sessions. Although he did say they would explain more of the advance features, this wasn’t covered at all.
I did get one idea around the 3d model I was struggling with and that was take a short video that went around the model and then I could use that instead of a 3D model.
I did eventually get my trigger image to link to my movie I had created and was able to get the AR working but then I discovered that the software currently does not allow you to have one video and then tap to another video. You can link to a second video that goes out to windows media player and the student can walk away from the trigger image to view the video. The only problem was that the video didn’t ever upload. Not sure if it was the bandwidth or not, couldn’t get any answers from Rob or Alex. The video was only 2.47 minutes so not too long.
The last session was supposed to be on AR drone, 3d printing or green screen but as there were so few participants around we all watched the Green room being demonstrated. The green room is esentially a very large piece of material hung from the wall and then drapped along the floor to provide a great background to a video. There were a number of photographic lights pointing to the green cloth area. Danny was the actor and Matt Bacon videod a very short piece of acting by Danny. He recorded this on his iphone as this was the easiest and simplist method of capturing the video in the right format. They they went into Adobe photoshop, removed the green background and made it transparent and then this became an aura from Danny’s business card. I can’t remember then whether they used aurasma to create the Aura or buildAR. It was all a blur by that time.
We then said our goodbyes. Looking forward to the ebook in October. Caught a taxi to the airport with Mat and Rowen, eventually getting home by 10:30pm.
May 22: brought in the lazy susan and took a video of the head block. This video took a short film of the whole head, from front to back then back to the front, top of the head etc. around 3 mins raw film.
May 23: edited the video down to 30 secs and then tried to edit my original aura in Aurasma with the second video. But no, again the main limitation with these applications is that you cannot put a second video to a trigger image.