Here’s the original marketing piece for the app:
What is kindAReal?
These guys and girls join up to kindAReal as content providers. They are able to create tours that can then be used by the second kindAReal community group, the site visitors. Tour users are able to download the kindAReal app onto to their iPhone and from there they can browse through all the tours that have been previously created. Once they find the one that interests them, they simply download it and use then it to bring their site visit to life with expert contextual insight. And by using kindAReal’s Augmented Reality capabilities, the task of matching content with real-world material has never been easier.
And the best thing about kindAReal is that it’s all free! So get out there, become a kindAReal creator or visitor and start enjoying your heritage!
How did it all get started?
The kindAReal project started out in the early winter months of 2012. The idea emerged out of a long running discussion between Frank Lynam and Ronald Geobey, both postgrad students of Trinity College Dublin. They decided that they were sick to the back teeth of heritage sites being presented in a poor way to the public. Having initially considered the possibility of engaging with local heritage stakeholders on a site-by-site basis, the idea that technology might be used to better overcome the problem soon became apparent, particularly with the recent rise of the smartphone and the geolocation and Augmented Reality service capabilities that these devices brought with them.
It was from this general plan for a smartphone app that would allow users to better engage with their cultural heritage that the kindAReal development leapt forth.
The kindAReal website has been designed and tested using the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers. Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari have not been fully tested but should probably work. If they don’t and you absolutely need to use one of them, please drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.
In order to allow users to preview a tour in the browse and search sections, I’ve used the kmlmapparser JS library and would recommend it highly!