Ikea Australia wanted to create a utility that Ikea customers could regularly use to help inspire them in their home. So they created an iPad app called Klippbok (Swedish for “scrapbook”) that gave users access to Ikea products all year round. With easy-to-use design functionality, users were able to mix-n-match Ikea products and create collages, swatchbooks, roomsets and more…
With smartphones and tablets becoming part of our everyday life, we will also see more Augmented Reality apps mixing the virtual and the real world in 2013. Here are some examples from ARworks that recently caught my eye…
Audi Singapore Showroom app
For the opening of their biggest showroom in South-East Asia, Audi created AR experiences that allowed visitors to fly around the showroom building without actually boarding a plane or drive the Audi R18 race car around Singapore at full speed without the risk of getting a ticket. Whats more, they even allowed visitors to personalize their individual license plates and then take photos with the car.
Dakar race in a shopping mall
A real Dakar desert racecourse was built for the new Opel Mokka on a 4mtrs long table that was placed in a shopping mall. Visitors could use the provided iPad’s to race against time and each other. The results were then shared on Facebook and the weekly and overall winners received various prizes.
Christmas Ornament Sling
Deutsche Telekom for their Christmas promotion developed an iPad app where visitors could throw virtual Christmas ornaments containing their personal message onto a huge Christmas tree erected in a mall. A successful hit to one of the real ornaments on the tree, lighted it up through an integrated server application.
How do you keep visitors waiting at your office reception busy? Art house ‘Creature of London’ had an idea of an avatar based check-in app that would keep visitors occupied for 2-3 minutes each time they arrived at their office.
Visitors were paired with a creature through facial recognition and on a repeat visit the app would automatically recognize the visitor while offering them a playful choice of reasons for checking-in to the office.
Digital screens placed throughout the building also allowed the released creatures to roam free and interact with each other in an environment that matched the local weather and time of day.
To complete the experience, visitors also received a ticket receipt representing their check-in. After collecting 5 receipts, visitors could exchange them for a jar of Creature’s home made honey.
TweetMag is kind of like Flipboard. The difference being that TweetMag uses only your Twitter account to create simple magazines. Even though it’s not the first of its kind in the market, it definitely looks great, provides a friendly user experience with a few extra features and has a neat way of categorizing your feed magazines (by things like #tag, lists etc).