01/2019 - 03/2019
An educational augmented reality app that helps people learn about the culture, history, and possible hardships of people of color
Our team saw an opportunity to leverage augmented reality technology to deliver a unique way of learning history. Hence, through the use of augmented reality, Pocket Tour provides a meaningful experience that visualizes the culture and history of people of color who are living in Seattle’s International District rather than learning it by listening to lectures.
History of International District
Chinatown International District was granted federal status as the “Seattle Chinatown Historic District in 1986. Thus, Chinatown International District comprised of Chinatown, Japantown, Manilatown and Little Saigon with their histories and historic architectures.
Harry & Tai Tung
During the research process, our group was able to
interview Harry Chan and capture the important
moment of a long history of Tai Tung and as a whole of Chinatown.
- Interview with Tai Tung
- Harry Chan
Harry Chan is the third generation owner of Tai Tung
Incorporating augmented reality visuals, UI screen elements, and auditory feedback to elevate the experiential of the space. In order to ensure our application is accessible, the audio was added to enable users with assistive needs to be included in the product experience. Additionally, we've also added a screen where users can share their experience with two options: 1) write reviews 2) record reviews.
Pocket Tour cares about user experience, thus adding share experience screen within the augmented reality app would help us to make Pocket Tour better.
I decided to use a gradient of pink/ coral, orange and red instead of combining multiple solid colors to symbolize Pocket Tour. In my design vision, I believe our AR app should provide a fun and memorable experience with the purpose of educating the history of Chinatown International District. Therefore, I tried to work with the original color pallet that my group wanted to work with but it turned out to be not as visually pleasing.
As the result, I came up with something relatively close with the original color pallet in hopes of evoking the exciting atmosphere in user experience as well as applying aesthetic usability effect to stimulate users to want to learn more about the history of Chinatown International District.
Excitement, Energy, Desire, Passion
Starting the Tour
The launch page begins with the background knowledge of the app and how it works.
Users can edit the recommended tour to add or remove any locations they wish to customize. Once the tour is finalized, the estimated travel time is displayed to give users transparency.
When the users arrive at the location, they can click enter location to fully utilize the AR tour inside the location.
Touring through the Augmented Reality
Displayed and demonstrated by AR around the room, the users can read through the list of AR content and be guided around the location. The historical monuments become live and enhanced through this technology.
Tour & Review
Once the user is done with the tour, they can either write or record their review a post it in the geographical location for others to see.
Through the use of augmented reality, Pocket Tour provides a meaningful experience that visualizes the culture and history of people of color who are existing in Seattle’s International District.
Finish Editing Tour + Touring
If Pocket Tour is further developed in the future, we want to incorporate auditory guidance as users navigate through the sites to elevate the experiential of the space to include users who need additional assistive technology to ensure they are also included within the experience. Also, we would like to expand the locations more than just exploring at the International District in Seattle.
After receiving feedback during product review, more ideas have come to my mind to improve Pocket Tour.
Some ideas such as adding pop-up notifications to recommend the most popular food for different locations as a contribution to local stores. I see potentials in this project. Hence, It would be a great opportunity to develop it even more further and complete the app.