Augmented Asbury Park is an augmented reality reconstruction of key landmarks on the Asbury Park boardwalk.
Augmented reality allows the user of a smart phone or tablet to see a three-dimensional image on their screens. The 3D model can interact with a flat image or it can exist out in the open at a specific geographical location.
This whole thing started with the reconstruction of the carousel that was once found on the Asbury Park boardwalk. We were given a grant from Monmouth University to research the whereabouts of the carousel and reconstruct it in augmented reality. We drove to Hatfield, Pennsylvania to visit the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the original manufacturer of the carousel. We discovered that in the 90s, the Asbury Park boardwalk carousel was sold to Family Kingdom, an amusement park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We drove to Myrtle Beach to shoot photos. We textured 3D models with the photos, and we uploaded the model to the web and published it.
This augmented model is done and should remain in place indefinitely. You can see it using the free mobile app Layar either on site at the Asbury Boardwalk or with an augmented reality card-available for free at www.augmentedasburypark.com. It’s important for us that the experience is free for everyone.
The carousel project was a unique blend of historical, educational, technical, and aesthetic elements. Marina conducted the research, Mike handled the database and graphic design, while Ed worked on the models with our friend Joe. We want to keep working this way.
What we would like to do next is recreate elements of the Asbury Park Boardwalk during two key periods in time during the boardwalk’s history. The 1930s and the 1960s.
In 1932, the Carousel was installed at the southern end of the boardwalk in the beautiful Carousel House, and two years later, in 1934, the smoking wreckage of the luxury liner Morro Castle beached itself right next to Conventional Hall at the northern end of the boardwalk. We have a placeholder of the Morro Castle uploaded right now, but we want to have a much more detailed model.
A lot was happening in the 60s as well. The boardwalk was well-known for its games, amusements, and music. Bruce Springsteen was just getting started. People were drawn to major attractions such as Palace Amusements where they rode bumper cars and roller coasters.
For this project two specific locales are important to us. The northern end of the boardwalk at convention hall, and the southern end at the casino. These two epicenters are rich in history and memories.
But in order to do all this, we need your help! The augmented reality cards need to be printed and distributed. This allows people to interact with the models and even get a closer look at them at their convenience. Also, there are so many points of interest that we want to augment, that we can’t possibly do it all ourselves. We need to contract qualified modelers who know 3D modeling well enough that they can help us out. We want to make sure they are adequately compensated, which will yield detailed and well-crafted models.
Check out our website: www.augmentedasburypark.com
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And here are two links to articles about the project in local papers:
Asbury Park Press Article: http://www.app.com/article/20131012/NJNEWS/310120017?odyssey=mod|mostcom
We would be remiss if we did not thank the following people and organizations: Joe Seminerio for his exceptional modeling skills, Thomas Rebbie and Alex Nagel from Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Donnie Sipes and Family Kingdom, Bill Kelly Jr., Monmouth University, Pretty Blue Ribbon and Little Dickman Records for letting us use the beautiful song “Moonshine”. And a big thank you to Justin Palamaro and Madison Marquette.
We have some really great rewards – Check it out!
Pledge $1 or more - You will have our gratitude! Thanks!
Pledge $5 or more - We'll send you a PDF packet which will contain all the augmented markers. All augmented landmarks will have their own marker in addition to being placed geographically on the boardwalk.
Pledge $10 or more - We will mail you a 5 postcard "greatest hits" pack of augmented reality images.
Pledge $25 or more - We'll send you a limited edition, signed project booklet with a full collection of all augmented reality markers and documentation of the project. We are still designing the booklet.
NEW REWARD! Pledge $35 or more – This just in! We're now working on a set of signed, limited edition ready-to-frame mini-posters. Each mini-poster will represent one aspect of the historic Asbury Park boardwalk. These 5.5" x 8" images will be printed with archival Epson ink on 8.5" x 11" archival paper. For $35 you'll get two of these prints, and you'll be able to pick your 2 favorite from our 10 designs! The mini-posters will also double as augmented reality markers, allowing you to experience a unique 3D model on each card.
Pledge $50 or more - You get a 24" x 36" limited edition poster printed on archival paper. It will also be numbered and signed. We are still working on the poster, but it will look somewhat close to this (but cooler!).
NEW REWARD! Pledge $50 or more – you'll get 2 mini-posters and our booklet.
Pledge $70 or more - You get the poster and the booklet
NEW REWARD! Pledge $90 or more – you'll get our full-sized poster, 2 mini-posters, and our booklet.
NEW REWARD! Pledge $150 or more – you'll get the WHOLE SET of 10 signed, limited edition mini-posters. You'll have your very own wall-mounted augmented reality Asbury Park art collection!
Pledge $125 or more - We'll send you a 3D-printed miniature relief of the Medusa head found on the boardwalk Carousel House. (approx. 3" diameter, .25" thickness) "What is 3D printing?" you may ask. Check out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFvozQCGvfo
REWARD ADDED! Pledge $175 or more - You'll get the 3D wall relief, poster, booklet AND 2 MINI POSTERS.
Pledge $225 or more - We will place your portrait on a flat augmented photograph somewhere in the scene. You can pick the 1930s or the 1960s. Visitors to the boardwalk will be able to see you on their smart phones!
Pledge $350 or more - You'll receive a gold-plated, 3D-printed miniature relief of the Medusa head found on the Carousel House (approx. 3" diameter, .25" thickness).
REWARD ADDED! Pledge $400 or more - We'll send you the gold-plated medusa head, the poster, the booklet, AND 2 MINI POSTERS.
REWARD ADDED! Pledge $600 or more - You'll get the gold-plated Medusa head relief, your face augmented into the scene, the poster, the booklet, AND 2 MINI POSTERS.
Pledge $1000 or more - You'll get a custom thank you card with your head placed on our 3D models from the 1930s or the 1960s, your choice. This model will be fully 3D and will rotate! For an example of what we've done in the past, click here.
Pledge $1500 or more - You get everything!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge will be coordinating the development of all of the different assets for the augmented reality experiences. Nevertheless, we are up to the challenge!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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