FIELD PLAY AND THE 2014 NEW MEXICO GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY FALL FIELD CONFERENCE: INCORPORATING AUGMENTED REALITY AND LOCATION SENSITIVE CONTENT TO CREATE AN INTERACTIVE, DATA-RICH LANDSCAPE
Field Play was incorporated in the New Mexico Geological Society annual Fall Field Conference (September 2014). This three-day trip in southern New Mexico included AR stops, annotated photographs, audio content of critical features, and links to guidebook and other pertinent scientific publications. For this trip, Field Play created predetermined routes based off of conference road logs, as well as free-standing supplementary content.
In practice, the embedded GPS within mobile devices triggers location-aware interactive content to become available when the user was within a set proximity of the feature (e.g., audio alert when approaching a fault zone). Additionally, users are given the option to interactively explore topical and location-based sub-modules that include AR binoculars, informational text, audio, topographic and geologic maps, and short YouTube lessons while in the field.
Field Play content is both trip-specific and stand-alone. Content exists within the Field Play ecosystem at two levels: curated, scientific content created by Field Play, and crowd sourced data originated by users. Both of these data types are fully “mashable,” and can be combined by users to create personal topical or location-based trips using our trip creation tool.
Field Play content can be accessed online as well as via mobile device. We are working to expand our curated and crowd-sourced content to provide the geologic and public communities with an up-to-date, easily accessible resource of reliable geologic and scientific information for recreational, educational or professional use.