Have fun with the AR field trip visiting the Hope Valley
Use your smartphone or tablet to take a guided tour, introducing you to geology and the links between geology and environment in general and particularly in the Hope Valley, in the historic Castleton area near Manchester.
Your screen will show you relevant content and guide you to points of interest. There is also an audio commentary (you may need your headphones if it is windy).
In order to use the AR Field Trip:
- Go to App Store or Google Play and download the augmented reality player Junaio
- From Junaio, once installed, search for Geology Field Trip (there is currently only 1 available). Select this.
- The Field Trip can be operated in several modes:
- Live: your screen will show its camera view and how far and in which direction is the nearest point of interest
- Map: your screen will show a map with all points of interest marked, each of which is can be tapped to reveal content.
- List: your screen will show a list of points of interest, each can be tapped to reveal content.
- To take the trip from the start, select point of interest 1, this is the Castleton Visitors Centre car park (S33 8WP). At each point there is guidance to how to reach the next point.
The Pocket Geology (Discover Geology Augmented Reality Field Trip) was designed to provide a flexible opportunity for distance-learning students on the MSc in Environmental Sciences to experience a field trip at their own convenience.
Augmented Reality (AR) is a technique that involves superimposing virtual information over a real-life view of the world – in this case through the camera on a smartphone or tablet device. Using AR technology, the field trip application allows a mobile device to serve as a ”pocket geologist,” providing directions and a full commentary on the geology and natural history of the area – in this case, around Mam Tor in the Peak District. As the student walks around the route, guided by the application, key features are identified as they are approached and additional information provided. The application also includes several tools to help participants to discover and explore these features; for example – the “Fossil Finder” tool can be used to guide the student to the precise location of a fossil or other small feature in a rock face. The “Beneath your Feet” tool superimposes a geological map over the route to show exactly what type of rock the student is standing on.
Although the software was originally designed for MSc students and has been successfully used with this group, the application has also been made publicly available. In August 2013 a coach trip was run to launch the AR field trip, where members of the public, along with several University staff, walked the route using the new application. The feedback from all participants was overwhelmingly positive – described by one commentator as: “...one of the best constructed and useable apps that I have seen in a long time” (MBS eLearning Blog)." Ian William Hutt.