The Find Brutus Virtual Tour Guide is a hybrid research tool mixing several technologies through a mobile and wearable devices, using elements of gaming, as a virtual tour guide for students and visitors at The Ohio State University. The Virtual Tour Agent is a mix of technologies including an Artificial Intelligent, augmented reality, geo-coding location (GPS), voice recognition (think Apple’s Siri), and question and answers built using IMR.
Find Brutus is an on-campus guide with a mobile edge. The application is an interactive multidimensional experience providing maps and clues to primary points-of-interest (targets) on campus. The user is given text or voice-activated clues using their mobile camera and an online radar tool allowing the user to seek the targets. When the user comes within proximity of a target a virtual 3D Brutus displays on the device. As the user seeks targets they are given a prompt and question about the target. The player is given multiple clues and information about the target. As the user answers the question they are given a new target to seek.
In addition the gaming aspect of Find Brutus users can ask for directions or facts about the university. Find Brutus is the essence of a tour guide.
The research component will investigate the human interactions of incoming students using technology to reduce the stress associated with coming to large university. The objective is to create a friendly application that eases tensions of students when trying to navigate the campus while increasing their sense of pride and belonging toward an academic community.
The long-term plans for the technological framework is to develop training for physicians, nurses in hospital rooms with real-world simulations using Google Glass; integrate into libraries as a resource for locating digital and print materials; classroom simulation tool for teaching and learning. This tool will take people out of the classroom and into real-world environments to interact with their environment and increase their ability to construct knowledge.
Find Brutus is going to explore the world of Google Glass.
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