Using QR codes for audio tour of Salamanca Arts Centre

download .pdf of research paper (short)

I have decided on keeping the audio tour idea simple. although ‘there is an app for that’, the assumption is that there’s also an iPhone. :)

I figure that a simple mp3 playlist would be compatible with pretty much anything capable of downloading the files. I plan to offer a very simple download that should be doable through the wireless waterfront thing.

Linking QR codes to the individual sections of the tourlooks quite simple as the codes link to an ordinary URL so any web-enabled phone with its own mp3 player should be able to get the file by pointing the phone at the marker on the wall. This would make a fun ‘treasure-hunt’ activity for kids, especially in groups gathering parts of a larger body of information.



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Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra + Geek(s)-in-Residence

A brief 15 minute interview with Nicholas Heyward (Managing Director, TSO) and Dan Andrews (Geek-in-Residence #1) about the benefits, problems, achievements and prospects for the TSO’s engagement with digital technologies and high-bandwidth networking – and some of the outcomes of the Geek-in-Residence program.

Dan Andrews relocated from Sydney for this secondment and will returning to NSW after this gig. We look forward to working with him again in the future.

The Geek-in-Residence Program is an initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts, placing tech-savvy personnel into Australian Arts organisations.

Interview by Peter Morse (Geek #2 – based in Hobart, Tasmania)

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Geek-in-Residence Network

Tasmanian Geeks (2010-11)

Australia Council for the Arts

Peter Morse

April 2011

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SCARI – Kinect – Unity3D – OSX- Skeleton Tracking

A couple of experiments as I figure out how to get SCARI working.

Basically, this involved getting the brilliant Kinect Unity3D OpenNI wrapper demo by Amir (​threads/​74848-More-Fun-with-Unity-and-Kinect) working on my Mac Pro.

It was very straight-forward, following his instructions (thanks Amir!) – just need OpenNI+NITE (simple-openni for OSX is here:​group/​simple-openni-dev/​browse_thread/​thread/​c84d26ee48eaa91a), along with a few things like macports & a bit of command-line faffing around etc.

So, I know that works.

Next, an example of what I’d like to do with this: using the Kinect to control a first-person controller in Unity3D to walk through an architectural model of the Salamanca Arts Centre (in fact, any 3D model).

So, time for some more tinkering – but the basic message is that this is going to work! (famous last words…)

Also of interest is the idea of using Paul Bourke’s dome-render technique for Unity, so this could become a way of interactively exploring material projected in a dome environment (like iDome or Fulldome) – that would be very cool.

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SCARI : Sullivan’s Cove Augmented Reality Interface – some more detail

I was requested to write up a brief but more detailed description of the ideas underpinning SCARI. Basically, they’re this:

SCARI: Sullivan’s Cove Augmented Reality Interface an extended version of an Augmented Reality interface being prototyped for the Salamanca Arts Centre.

The system will allow users to interact with real buildings and architectural spaces via mobile devices and a variety of screen technologies (eg. touchscreen, video projection, natural user interfaces (eg. kinect)), accessing layers of information about the spaces that would otherwise be invisible to them. For instance, users will be able to see inside the Salamanca Arts Centre via a series of panoramic bubbles displayed within a navigable 3d model of the building. Geolocated data can also stream into the model, enabling location-aware asset loading that responds to user locations and interests. It is envisaged this will be released as a smartphone app or web app.

We’re also exploring the use of QR codes and fiduciary markers for AR browsers, as well as content possibilities for interfaces such as argonlayarwikitudegraffitigeo and how these might enrich the information space of Salamanca Place.

These models, techniques and information assets could be scaled across the Sullivan’s Cove region. It’s just a question of time and effort – and resources.

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new social network thing by google…

Google to Launch Major New Social Network Called Circles, Possibly Today

“With Circles, I believe that Google will attempt to accomplish something critics from the blogosphere,academiaSXSW 2010 keynoter danah boyd, privacy watchdogs and others have all called on the social networking world to do: to allow our online communication to respect the same boundaries that our offline social lives do.”

this could be something worth watching. certainly FB/twitter etc. won’t die as a result and we’ll have to cater to them in whatever we do in terms of presence online. however, it’s interesting to see maybe a return to the idea that a body (human or corporate) can have skin and eyes and mouth that can close as well as open.

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test of digital format for SAC conceptual map…

The actual file is xml for Freemind or SciPlore(Freemind Scholar) so it could be re-visualised in csome other program. can save out as a flash thing – will try to embed somewhere to show you.

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Rod’s notes from SAC geek meeting 27-01-2011

mtg 2011-01-27

Present were Rodney, Rosemary, Peter, Allana and Dan + John McGee

some mention of developing relationship between SAC -> CSIRO
peter and rosemary

Peter talked about using microsoft kinect with Unity game engine. With a projection-based medium this opens up opportunities for non-contact interaction.

wireless waterfront: Rod talked a little to a guy (Joel?) at Tasmanet quoted $29/month for access to wireless waterfront for SAC artists but hinted that can negotiate something better for SAC people. I think it might be possible to get a better deal at least for the artists with studios in SAC.

we had a visit from John McGee
he’s been talking to Roar about community engagement model for the nbn.
cyber-security model – interactive educational tool online
incentive-based learning tool.
how to get in-house engagement with other demographics? i.e. not just teenagers?
timeframe? ideally stage 2 nbn won’t hit tassie until august, then unfolds after that
stage 2 == 10,000 connections triabunna and a few other communities 7 more communitees here and 10 more on the mainland.

stage 3 – suburbs in hobart (CBD? etc.)
nbn company is not interested in tasmania so it has to be driven politically.

that means we should not hold our breath waiting for that magic fibre to come to SAC! I’m guessing 2012 or later. :(

backhaul issue – nbn is made of multiple entities not a single net. an entity is from a point of interconnect to home. that is up to the retail service provider. only telstra or basslink.
only a big player can get a decent deal so ISPs are already paying heaps more than elsewhere to telstra.

could the TSO become an RSP? (not likely) – but coles and woolworths might.
so telstra is worried about not getting market share as a retail service provider.
tier 3 ISPs are screwed in the nbn world. niche service providers (IPTV voip etc.) will be competing with the big telcos. government services might get a better deal.
needs a revolution?
internode announced a 2-1 symmetry offering which is a change in the game which is usually 20+:1 really a consuming rather than producing model of internet use – a hangover from ‘old’ media – well, we’re all still madly using it to download the latest crap from hollywood…

local virtual communities – in theory, the wireless waterfront should be something like this and shared amongst the community.
old fashioned town hall model.

The current way the wireless waterfront is set up appears to be centred around control instead of facilitation. The arts community doesn’t relate to that model. community engagement is not eing afforded by this set up.

The actual technological infrastructure looks fine but it needs a sustainable model for subsription.
then these guys can ask people for content.
edge roam for students etc. and build something up.

Rosemary: survey our tenants
what do we ask them?
can we get a wirtten version of John McGee’s vision of wireless waterfront etc.? John thinks that Roar have a document from their UK adventures that would make a good manifesto. digital economy UK – ‘connect 2012’

David O’burne? I wrote the name down but not sure what this was in relation to… (can someone remind me? :)

feel free to add anything via comments or directly.


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Here’s a cloudy diagram illustrating the sorts of connections we’ve been building between various organisations here in Hobart. One thing that has become apparent is that there is a lot of overlap of interests and activities that will be brought together as the NBN emerges. This will inevitably lead to organisational changes for our host organisations – as they seek to engage with the future of high-bandwidth networking. What is interesting about this is that organisations such as the Salamanca Arts Centre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will be able to become publishers of information, media and data in innovative ways, sidestepping the conventional constraints of contemporary media organisations and whole processes of current mediation.

We’ve had meetings and discussions with stakeholders from all the organisations shown above, so we know we’re on their map. A big part of our GiR program has been about, initially, understanding our host organisations and how they work; secondly, identifying constructive external partnerships and building these relationships. A major part of that involves identifying who to talk to and about what – in a language that everyone can understand! We’ve got pretty good at translating as a consequence.

After all our planning and testing over the past few months, our next stage is to roll out our ideas in pilot programs and to look into securing funding for future activities – which, as they stand, can extend far beyond our current GiR program, so these need to address both institutionally-supported and self-sustaining commercial activities that generate income. This in turn reflects back to our hosts as the internalisation of geeky knowledge leads them to develop new perspectives on how they can generate new audiences and create new efficiencies within their organisations. In the next few blog posts I make, I’ll be describing in some detail the processes we’ve set in train and get some commentary from our hosts on how things are changing.

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SCARI : Sullivan’s Cove Augmented Reality Interface

A brief overview of our proposed (but under development) Sullivan’s Cove Augmented Reality Interface. This is one outcome of our Geeks-in-Residence program with the Salamanca Arts Centre and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. It will be tied-in to the development of the National Broadband Network, as it is potentially reliant upon high-bandwidth networking (both wired and wireless), both for delivery of datatypes and scalability of user-interaction to many mobile devices.

At this stage the outline is ambitious, but we anticipate getting a pilot together in the next few months.

Also inspired by the work of:

Paul Bourke, iVEC @ UWA –

Ferhat Sen, Media Lab Helsinki –

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GiR CSIRO Broadband For Society Presentation

This is an excerpt from my presentation to the CSIRO Broadband for Society Summit on Thursday November 18th, 2010.

The conference was held at the Wrest Point Hotel and Conference Centre and attended by key industry stakeholders and policymakers.

Keynote 4: Dr Peter Morse
Crossing the Divide: Broadband Innovation for Creative Industries, Science and Cultural Organisations

GIR_presentation_CSIRO_Broadband_web (PDF document)

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