Placemaking and "Mixed Reality:" An Adventure in 10 Pictures

Placemaking and "Mixed Reality:" An Adventure in 10 Pictures

boston massacre photo by Granato31415, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
The site of the Boston Massacre (photo by Granato31415)

If you walk through your city frequently (and if your city is large, or has historical significance), and you witness widespread torpidity among visitors, you may decide to tap mixed reality -- the intersection of augmented reality, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things -- to make local sites more engaging, informative, interesting.

Here's how that project might evolve, if your experience is like mine: 

1. You buy a tiny, cloud-connected brain.

A Particle Photon

2. You learn to blink an LED, and then blink an LED on the other side of the world.

Blinkiness via the Cloud

3. You join a Hackspace.

Cambridge Hackspace

4. You buy a servo

A Servo

5. You hook up the servo to a guy with a Detour flag

animated gif

6. You get the experiment up and running at a local coffee/chocolate bar, with PRIZES.

Detour Guy at local coffee shop

7. Participation is disappointing

Not working

8. User testing is also mostly disappointing

Use Your Phone

9. You realize that you're competing with (and losing to) Horchatas and Churros. Your experiment doesn't survive a remodeling.

horchatas and churros

10. You regroup, refine your experiment, and search for a new location.

District Hall