LJWWI Augmented Reality App & Cambria Bridge opening
On 6 September 2014 the Loughborough Junction World War I Augmented Reality App, a Heritage Lottery funded project conceived to coincide with the remembrance of the start of the First World War, was launched. The app is a three part tour of historical and fictional events taking place in Loughborough Junction during WWI. Starting in three different locations, the user would walk along a series of paving slabs decorated with different coloured symbols (Red, Blue and Orange), each functioning as a trigger for the AR experience as well as a chapter for each story.
Starting points of the app
After downloading the app on their mobiles or tablets - both Android and Apple - users would point their device to each symbol (on a paving slab) of the three routes which would trigger the AR experience, being this a picture, video, or sound, over-imposed on the visible surroundings on their screens. Check the app website www.ljww1.org where you will be able to find more information as well as a link to download the app. Watch the video here for a taster of the app:
Map of the paving slabs making up the three stories all leading up to the Cambria Bridge
One of the paving slabs triggering the AR experience
THE CAMBRIA BRIDGE OPENING
On 6 September 2014 the app was launched as well as the official opening of the Cambria Bridge: dedicated to the memory of community worker Angela Akinyemi who had sadly passed away a few weeks earlier, it was a very well attended event, with speakers form the National History Museum and the Black Archives as well as musicians, street-food and an amazing miniature steam train, courtesy of The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers!
Watch this video of the event here with interviews with the writers of the three LJWWI app stories:
On 7 March 2015 we also held an intergenerational event at the Sunshine International in Loughborough Junction and the Cambria Bridge - watch this video of the day with testimonials of local users about the LJWWI AR App: