One of the concerns surrounding immersive technology is the perception that it makes its users more insular and less likely to pay attention to the events and people around them. There have also been accusations that social media keeps people within a ‘bubble’ of like-minded people, away from challenging ideas. Developer Flying Eye Reality are attempting to challenge both of these ideas with its new augmented reality (AR) app called Spotselfie.
The idea behind Spotselfie is to allow students on college campuses to connect to each other with more physical interaction that they would have using Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.
The company say that the aim is to allow college students to share their life in pictures, videos or other digital material. Other students using the app can view posted content in AR as they walk through the campus. The idea is to promote social engagement in the real world as well as the digital world.
Content posted on Spotselfie can be public or private, and the app is only available to users who have a valid and school-specific email address. This is to add a layer of security so students are only interacting with other students on campus.
Each Spotselfie user will be assigned a colour code called a My C-Code, which is based on how the user answers 16 questions, which involve things such as interests, personality traits, activities and physical traits which lets users search for other on campus with similar C-Codes in order to encourage real-life connections.
The app has seen extensive beta testing at the University of Hawaii and Indiana State University. The app will be open to larger Universities at first, with plans to add smaller colleges as the app develops and gains popularity.
The Spotselfie app is available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Further information can be found on the official Spotselfie website. For future coverage of new and upcoming AR apps, keep checking back with VRFocus.