Augmented DJ by Wrigley

The good guys from UK based creative agency Exposure and the Australian AR wizards from Boffswana show us that using augmented reality in a campaign, doesn’t necessarily means having a “look at the novelty” brain dead application (unlike, say, the Always one).
For the coming launch of Wrigley’s 5 brand of gums in France, they have created an application that lets users mix together club-music via AR markers. There are three markers representing gum flavors, each linked to a certain track, and one master marker to rule them all. The markers’ distance from the master marker and their relative angles determine the volume and effects for each track.

Once you have become experienced in the ways of the augmented DJ, you can record your own mix, upload it to the site’s gallery, and even embed it in your blog. Now, since I’m tone-deaf, and my laptop is not strong enough to register four markers at once, I’m going to embed a creation by some other guy (sorry Games Alfresco and RSS readers, no embedding for you):

Now, I’m well aware that the idea of an augmented reality DJ set is not a new one. As a matter of fact, just a few weeks ago we’ve learned about the ARDJ art project. And this application is not perfect, as it requires a good computer and setting to work, and the embedding issue could be solved if videos were hosted on Youtube. Nevertheless, we should recommend Exposure and Boffswana for not going with the easy solution, and creating a very interactive experience (only Living Sasquatch is in this league, also done by Boffswana). Now, lets see more campaigns of this kind instead of the other “novelty” kind.

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4 Responses

  1. [...] I love watching/learning about Augmented Reality projects for two reasons. 1) It’s really interesting to have a technology force the discussion/idea to what is a ‘platform’ and how “digital” is moving off the computer screen 2) It’s a technology idea that is growing up right in front of our eyes. The improvements and cleverness are rapidly evolving. Here is one of the cooler ones I’ve seen in lately, spotted on Games Alfresco. [...]

  2. Interesting to note both 5gum dj and living sasquatch were developed by boffswana http://www.boffswana.com

  3. Interesting to note both this and the sasquatch site were developed by Boffswana. They’re doing some interesting stuff with Augmented Reality.

  4. Bob&Adam – thanks for your comments. Should have known better.

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