02.02.2015

The smartphone, the best partner for visiting parks and cities

The smartphone, the best partner for visiting parks and cities

Image | Pangea Reality

Smartphones can put in our hands a whole content universe which, shaped as it should, rises cultural and educational experiences to a new level we never expected.

We have already discussed how mobile platforms can twist the common musem visitor tour, and how proximity technologies like iBeacons, linked to a well performed information structure, let users access to contents within a defined context.
However, this kind of experiences are not only limited to museums or other indoor cultural equipment but also they can deliver great value solutions to visitors in vast outdoor parks, zoos or any other city spots.

We all know how thrilling it could be visiting a museum or a city with someone guiding clearly and transmitting the essence of the place.

Whenever you are told the why and the history of streets or told each of the stories defining parks as alive as zoos, it turns into a stimulating visit and you really keep the knowledge with you.

With this idea in mind, mobile technologies are changing it once again. The fact that we all have in our pocket smartphones, tablets or phablets opened many new opportunities to give value to our experiences.

We face a big change where visiting places is not a static exhibition and observers anymore. Now visitors turn to be active users interacting with pieces and grossing the stories the museum propose according to their interests.

Mobile devices show all kind of digital content contextually related to the pieces user is watching at: audio, video images and even augmented reality. User can have a tailor-made visit and truly get more information and even take home what really interested him.

Berlin’s time travel

Recently in city of Berlin Time Traveller app has been published.

Coinciding with Berlin Wall 25th anniversary the app shows up in augmented reality how life was at the time the city was divided.

Walking through the German city with your smartphone on your hands submerges yourself in a unique experience.
You can add layers on top of real buildings and scenes that happened 50 years ago appear. A way to feel history very close and understand the transformation the city has suffered.

Augmented Reality arrives to the Zoo

Moscow Zoo has bet on including Augmented Reality in its new 150 Anniversary app. Using this technology visitors can see real size animals, interact with them and take pictures next to bears, rhinos or hippos out of their cages.

They will be able to see animals that can’t live there because of Moscow weather conditions and get information about them as well.

One more step in a classical culture model like zoos, where your smartphone becomes a partner and ally, completing educational experiences.

Guide in theme parks

The smartphone, the best partner for visiting parks and cities

Image | PortAventura

In theme parks the supplementary app has already turned almost essential.

These Apps have the user located in the park domains and inform about queuing status, timetables and other available services, such as different food styles in restaurants or special events happening at the moment.

Parks like Port Aventura, Warner Park or Disneyland Paris already have available Apps using all features of geolocation and permanently data connection. Another example of how mobile technology is changing and giving value to activities we used to do in other ways.

London Cinema

Finally, a mention to this concept in the city of London. The idea is that using an app the visitor can live again the most known movie scenes in London. This way we could see Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts and other leads from the movies recorded in the city. An interesting approach taking advantage of multimedia features in smartphones, connecting the city with it’s most seen emotional scenes.