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Discovery Agents

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:39 pm
by WaterGuerrilla
Some may find this of interest for a number of reasons. A colleague recently alerted me to how National Parks Services are using locative AR.

The linked page includes pricing options for various feature levels, which provide a useful benchmark for some of us in the trenches using ARIS (or Tale Blazer if the Android client doesn't come through--anyone hear anything on this?).

Essentially we are doing what Discovery Agents is offering, but they have identified rate classes which can be meaningful when folks are considering the exchange value of work to create in ARIS as far as line items in budgets, grants, etc.

https://discoveryagents.net/pricing/

Re: Discovery Agents

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:42 pm
by WaterGuerrilla
Correction: not National Parks Service. But a park outside of Los Angeles. And seems like lots of others as well. I know a nature center near us is looking at them rather than building their own through ARIS.

Re: Discovery Agents

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:51 pm
by WaterGuerrilla
U.S. Forest Service is what I meant.

Because they have scale and federal leverage, they also seem to be offering various co-funding promotions for site development.

https://discoveryagents.net/educators/u ... /usfs-faq/

Re: Discovery Agents

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:08 pm
by WaterGuerrilla
Also, I just took a brief look at the UI of this app itself. Pretty schnazy. Definitely worth a look for folks using ARIS. There's a woodpecker that comes on to give you a tutorial. I'm not close enough to an USFS location to engage in an actual mission, but you get the general idea.

The window dressing and the UI are superior, but the mechanics appear to be very similar to ARIS. They have a compass and a more sophisticated menu toggle built into their main screen, and also provide plaque text as though it's being typed unless you tap again to bring it all on screen.

This app could be a good source of ideas about how to improve the user experience in ARIS applications, or at least provide added language for comparison between what Discovery Agents looks and feels like and what might be desired for additional build out in ARIS.