We want to continue with the Robin Hood theme. Would be great to do an Indian bandit version.
- Robin Hood theme
- Bandits in India
- Fiction, but based on what happens
- Am hoping Rimi's students can help me write the stories
Two sides to this idea - and 2 locations
(1) India: suffering, oppression, sweatshop labour, cheap clothes for western high street chains. Exploiting Indian workers, cheap/ child labour in unsafe working conditions, buildings collapse, recent tragedies. Bandits fight on the side of the poor, taking money from rich and give to the poor.
(2) City of London: UK high street brands, maybe Primark, Marks and Spencer etc. Injustice: Making vast profit, selling cheap clothes in UK, massively popular, people fight for the impossibly cheap clothes on the shops. Not sure if I should use real companies as could be libellous, but is more meaningful and fun!
Aspects of AR I want to exploit
- Giving things presence - bringing things from over here to over there - things/ people/ stories can exist in multiples places at same time - in an augmented context
- I want to augment the two sides of the "sweatshop" story - bring the other side into your presence each time - whether you are walking around the City or in Indian city (where?). We bring the other side over to join us, in an augmented sense, so that it becomes present and part of our reality, where we are and what we are looking at. It's no longer out of sight, out of mind, it's with us. You can't ignore it now (which is what we all do)
- This is an augmented walking trail - using locative AR (GPS) - the trail tells a story in the area you walk. As you explore different locations you trigger stories and pictures
- This is also an augmented book - using image recognition AR - woodcut patterns are recognised within the paper book which trigger stories and pictures
- This is also a social book - readers can contribute to the stories
- (After registering) you can also add your own stories and pictures, for either location, based on the characters and story framework already set (by the original authors)
- Users can add their own stories - text pasted into a form - and then updates a DB or text file
- Users can upload their own images, photos or images, which will be mashed up into a visually artistic composition
There are 2 sets of stories - my suggestions
(i) In the City. Short stories about people who work for (or shop at) the large corporations that profit enormously from manufacturing and selling cheap clothes. About the lives of these people, how they live, what they do, how they work/ play. Suggest a range of characters, not sure what storyline would be?
(ii) In the Indian city (place). Short stories about people (children?) who work in sweatshops, exploited, die in collapsing buildings. Stories about bandits who fight for them, fight for justice. Again we need a range of characters.
How it works - 2 ways - both locative AR and image recognition AR
(i) In the City - as you walk around, when you point your smartphone at a company logo, you see the Indian augmented stories (text) and pictures floating in front of the logo: (e.g. photos of child workers, collapsed buildings, starving children, poverty) - and videos?
(ii) In the Indian city - when you point your smartphone at a sweatshop factory, you will see the City (or London) augmented stories (text) and pictures (e.g. logos, high street chain stores, shoppers) - and videos?
Image recognition AR
(i) The Indian bandit story is a short story, available in book format, download from the web.
(ii) It contains woodcuts, with Indian and western designs, which activate the AR Indian and City stories respectively
(i) Readers can add content - stories, images - at locations they define
(ii) Readers can add content to the book - at woodcut patterns (i.e. where in the book) they choose
- Either Junaio or Layar (probably Junaio as I am familiar with this, but Layar might work better for location AR, I need to test)
- location based AR and image recognition on markers in a paper book
- when users upload their own images, they will be mashed up (collaged, assembled, treated and resized) using the GD library
- when users upload text, it will be shown in small floating windows, expandable in full html windows.
Users need to be easily contribute to the story
- upload story segments - text and/ or images
- specify GPS locations for locative story segments (i.e. specify where you can read it)
- specify woodcut for book-based story segments (i.e. where this story segment appears in the paper book)