Gene Talks AR Experience Design to AR Design Students

Chris Cameron June 20, 2011

This summer Layar is sponsoring the first ever college course on augmented reality design in the United States.

The sessions will be held at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and will be administered by none other than legendary Sci-Fi author, futurist and AR guru Bruce Sterling. The class will meet for thirteen weekly 5-hour sessions, and will be co-taught by ACCD professor Guillaume Wolf.

Students will mainly be involved in building augmented reality projects for their design portfolios. “I’m going to encourage them to aim a little ahead of the state-of-the-art in today’s AR,” says Bruce Sterling. “In other words, while they familiarize themselves with what is out in the practice today, they need to design for hardware and software capacities 18 to 24 months in the future.”

The class will cover a wide gamut of AR related topics, including:

  • AR in theory and practice.

  • AR trendspotting.

  • AR outside the handset.

  • AR as an app, add-on or control interface for other services.

  • AR in the art world.

  • AR in the city.

  • AR in the Futurist Quadrant.

The class got underway last month, and Layar’s Maarten Lens-FitzGerald and Gene Becker were on hand to help kick things off. We’ll have some more to share with you as the summer progresses, but to for starters, have a look at Gene’s opening talk on the importance of user experience and interaction design in augmented reality!

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  1. I would love to be there for this class. My Field of Voices layer has the points he talks about. The ability for people to interact and be creative by submitting their audio contribution through a toll free phone call and the discovery of others unique stories. We just launched in Boston with embedded stories by students along the path between the two Art Institute of Boston buildings that all students in residency walk between a few times a day. Our intention is to drop the field empty in to hotspots around the world and allow visitors to fill it up with their stories. We just need the software to catch up to auto trigger the voices and you will have a zero click experience.

  2. Well done. Did your arm get tired holding that tablet the whole time?

    Nice to hear a heavy hitter acknowledge that we are still in the early days of AR. How to be something compelling and useful is the holy grail in lieu of a solution looking for a problem. Looking forward to more AR content as it develops and becomes visible!

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