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QR Codes and Augmented Reality Help Libraries Extend Services


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Emerging technologies like QR Codes and Augmented Reality can help libraries extend services, widen access to resources, and promote events to users in exciting and innovative ways. Using simple and free technologies, QR codes can be created easily and embedded almost anywhere. These oddly shaped barcode-like icons are processed by camera phones to direct the user to online websites, videos, or they can simply provide more information.

Augmented reality takes existing visual or video information and adds additional layers of computer-generated graphics, pattern recognition, and other visual effects. This session will highlight how the University of Houston Libraries and other types of libraries are using these technologies to promote, market, outreach, teach, and engage with users in new and exciting ways.

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QR Codes and Augmented Reality Help Libraries Extend Services

  1. 1. QR Codes and Augmented Reality Help LibrariesExtend Services <br />Rachel Vacek<br />Twitter: @vacekrae<br />Anita Riley<br />Twitter: @anitazavrrr<br />University of Houston Libraries<br />Trendy Topics<br />Online Conference<br />March 16, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br />QR Codes<br />Examples<br />Augmented Reality<br />Examples<br />Questions throughout<br />
  3. 3. What is a QR code?<br />Quick Response code<br />Originated in Japan in 1994<br />Denso Wave owns the patent <br />4,296 characters<br />
  4. 4. What do you put in a QR code?<br />URLs to web pages, music, video, images<br />Business card info<br />Geo-coordinates<br />Text<br />Try to keep URLs under 300 characters for less complex code<br />
  5. 5. Simple vs. Complex<br /><br />,Journal+Article%29&s.fvf=IsFullText,true,&<br />
  6. 6. How do I generate one?<br />
  7. 7. Features of generators<br />Support foreign language<br />Multiple sizes<br />Generates multiple kinds of codes<br />Multiple colors<br />Can include vCard or iCal info<br />Save as png, jpg or even pdf<br />May give you the embed code<br /><br />
  8. 8. Example of a generator<br />
  9. 9. Why it’s better to stick to a URL<br />Flexibility<br />QR codes are static, content on web pages is dynamic<br />Measurability<br />You can’t directly track scans of QR codes, but you can measure resultant page views<br />Simplicity<br />More content = more complex code = reduced readability<br /><br />
  10. 10. Other 2d codes<br /><br />
  11. 11. Why QR?<br />Open and international standard<br />Proven technology<br />Simple barcode scanners can read them<br />2009 Educause Report: “7 Things you should know about…QR Codes”<br /><br />
  12. 12. What do you stick it on?<br />
  13. 13. Potential QR code applications<br />
  14. 14. Syracuse University Library<br /><br />
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  16. 16. Charles Darwin University<br /><br />
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  19. 19. The University of Alabama College of Human Environmental Sciences welcomed alumni <br />and friends for homecoming festivities with this QR code placed on a sign at Doster Hall.<br /><br />
  20. 20. Abilene Christian University<br />
  21. 21. University of Technology Sydney<br /><br />
  22. 22. Chili Public Library<br />New Books Display in teen section of library.<br />The QR code goes to their teen blog.<br /><br />
  23. 23. Abilene Christian University<br />
  24. 24. Vancouver Public Library<br />
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  26. 26. Bloggers at Computers in Libraries 2010<br />
  27. 27. Ryerson UniversityLibrary<br /><br />
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  29. 29. Music Online database<br /><br />
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  32. 32. QR code shortcomings<br />Tracking<br />Cannot keep stats on who scans, so interaction has to pass through another layer (webpage)<br />Limited reach<br />A majority of people are unfamiliar with QR codes and do not know if their phones can read them<br />Increased use in marketing may help bolster awareness<br /><br />
  33. 33. Things to keep in mind<br />Are you linking to mobile-friendly content?<br />And does it play nicely with multiple devices?<br />Code Overload<br />
  34. 34. How do I scan a QR code?<br />Step 1: Get a smartphone.<br />Step 2: Install a barcode scanner app if you don’t already have one.<br />Step 3: Take a picture of the QR code using the barcode scanner app.<br />Step 4: Watch what happens. <br />
  35. 35. Switching gears….<br />
  36. 36. What is augmented reality?<br /> “Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are augmented by virtual computer-generated sensory input such as sound or graphics.”<br />- Wikipedia<br /><br />
  37. 37. In other words…<br />It’s a technology that enhances your current perception of reality<br />Augmented Reality<br />combines real and virtual<br />is interactive in real time<br />is registered in 3D<br />
  38. 38. Terminator vision!<br /><br />
  39. 39. It’s not VIRTUAL reality<br />
  40. 40. Augmented football<br />
  41. 41. Augmented hockey<br />
  42. 42. Augmented surroundings<br /><br />
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  44. 44. Augmented sky<br /><br />
  45. 45. Why AR?<br />2010 Horizon Report:<br />“Market projections for augmented reality on mobile devices predict revenues of $2 million in 2010, rising to several hundred million by 2014 ($350 million, according to ABI Research; Juniper Research’s projections are even higher). Augmented reality is poised to enter the mainstream in the consumer sector, and the social, gaming, and location-based applications that are emerging point to a strong potential for educational applications in the next few years.”<br /><br />
  46. 46. Potential AR applications<br />
  47. 47. Imagine it in on campus…<br />Augmented reality <br />can make a connection between the physical institution<br />surrounding you and the <br />virtual institution<br />on the web<br />
  48. 48. Layar at Kansas State<br /><br /><br />
  49. 49. Connecting past and present<br />Augmented reality can make a connection between the present dayand historical events or highlight<br />cultural significance<br />
  50. 50. CultureClic<br /><br />
  51. 51. NCSU’sWolfWalk<br /><br />
  52. 52. Screenshots from WolfWalk<br />
  53. 53. OSU’s BeaverTracks<br />BeaverTracks is an interactive mobile guide and walking tour of Oregon State University's historical locations. <br />At each of the 22 locations, you get a brief history and can browse a catalog of historic images. <br />Depending on your mobile device you can also take a walking tour of the historic sites. <br /><br />
  54. 54. Screenshots from BeaverTracks<br />
  55. 55. Imagine it in the library…<br />Augmented reality <br />can make a connection between the physical library<br />surrounding you and the <br />virtual library<br />on the web<br />
  56. 56. Lost in the stacks?<br /><br />
  57. 57. Helpful notes<br /><br />
  58. 58. Nearby Tweets<br /><br />
  59. 59. U.S. Marines’ ARMAR<br /><br />
  60. 60. ARIS – U. Wisconsin<br />“STEEL is a simple game about mining and smelting metals. A number of virtual mines (copper, iron and carbon) are located all around downtown Madison, and players collect the metals for profit.”<br /><br />
  61. 61. MIT Teacher Education Program<br />Environmental Detectives: students play the role of environmental engineers who are presented with the following scenario at the beginning of the simulation:<br />During the construction of the underground garage of the new Stata Center (a big and controversial construction project) significant amounts of water are pumped up from the ground in order to lower the groundwater table so that the garage can be constructed in a dry environment. As a matter of regulation the water is tested for the 25 most commonly found chemicals in groundwater at hazardous waste sites. As a result of the testing it is discovered that a toxin is present in the extracted water. You call the President of the University to report and he asks, “How dangerous is this toxin? Where did the contamination come from and how widespread is it? Does MIT need to take some action (and what action might this be)? What do you advise?” You promise to call him back within three hours with your advice on the problem.<br /><br />
  62. 62. Augmented anatomy<br /><br />
  63. 63. Tools<br />Yelp “Monocle”<br />Wikitude<br />Junaio<br />HoppalaAugmentation<br />Layar<br />Can build your own<br />Browse 400+ layers<br />Many Universities using<br /><br />
  64. 64. Poll<br />Do you think your library could do this?<br />Yes, I could do it myself!<br />Yes, we have talented web developers.<br />Maybe, someone on staff might be able to figure it out...<br />No way! That looks really hard!<br />
  65. 65. Your secret AR weapon<br />Augmentation, by Hoppala<br /><br />
  66. 66. Augmentation dashboard<br />
  67. 67. New overlay<br />
  68. 68. Add augment<br />
  69. 69. General tab<br />
  70. 70. Location tab<br />
  71. 71. Presto! Overlay!<br />
  72. 72. Additional Resources<br />Wikipedia overviews<br /><br /><br />Other resources<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  73. 73. Thank you!<br />Rachel Vacek<br />Head of Web Services<br />University of Houston Libraries<br />Email:<br />Anita Riley<br />Digital & Web Projects Fellow<br />University of Houston Libraries<br />Email:<br />