Artificial Ecology

Multiplayer Augmented Reality
Artificial Ecology art in AR outside

Artificial Ecology is a public, multiuser, interactive musical experience made for AR. Open to everyone to join and play, the activation inspires curiosity and collaboration, allowing people to explore sound arrangements via ambient gameplay.

Artificial Ecology premiered at the Curiocity Festival in Brisbane. The vision for the activation is to bring people together in public spaces where they can collaborate in a virtual AR environment and build a digital ecosystem together.

How it works

The Artificial Ecology ecosystem consists of a selection of moveable 3D AR organisms. Multiple users can touch their screens to move the organisms toward each other and their proximity to each other will trigger various events; changing colours, pulsing, deforming and emitting ambient sounds. The purpose of this interactive artwork is to encourage visitors to work collaboratively to create different configurations of the artwork. Together they discover how the organisms react to one another and what configuration makes their ecosystem thrive.

Artificial Ecology art in AR outside

AR Localisation

One good way to improve AR world tracking is to introduce image targets into the environment, so when the camera sees the printed image target, it can use it to localise the experience. It’s kind of like knowing the exact dimensions of a room and looking at a painting on the wall in front of you. Since you can see the painting and know exactly where it is located on the wall, then you should be able to work out your location in the room.

Decal positions and orientations of artworks

AR looks great when the tracking is good and things appear where they are supposed to be, but sometimes AR content can drift. AR tracking is mostly dependent on the  phone camera and the visible feature points that can be detected and  tracked in the camera image. But let's say you are pointing your phone camera at a blank white wall which essentially has no feature points to track and this is when the phone loses its orientation and the AR content starts to drift.

Multiplayer Interaction

The user interaction and collaboration is driven behind the scenes by our game server. Users are automatically connected via our cloud service to the same virtual space, which is then rendered from their unique perspective just like any online multiplayer game - only in AR whilst at the same physical location! Users then interact within the one space together, some organisms even being so large and heavy to move that it goes quicker when they work together.

people using cloud service to connect to interaction
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Artificial ecology interface home screen
10 of the locations were activated with augmented reality, revealing their special historical moments with animated AR stories. These hidden gems could be viewed through the Stories of the Road app available on iPhone and Android.
Artificial Ecology is rich in sound as well as visuals. We recommend ear / headphones to get the most out of the experience.
Social Sharing is made easy with familiar buttons for capturing images and recording videos with support for all social platforms that a user is connected to on their phone.
Artificial ecology AR art through phone app
We designed and fabricated a set of plaques which were installed across 32 locations along the Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Apollo Bay. Each plaque contained a unique QR code and when scanned, took the user to a page on the visitgreatoceanroad.org.au website to find out more about the location.
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artificial ecology app
Artificial Ecology is rich in sound as well as visuals. We recommend ear / headphones to get the most out of the experience.
Artificial Ecology is rich in sound as well as visuals. We recommend ear / headphones to get the most out of the experience.
Social Sharing is made easy with familiar buttons for capturing images and recording videos with support for all social platforms that a user is connected to on their phone.
artificial ecology app
Social Sharing is made easy with familiar buttons for capturing images and recording videos with support for all social platforms that a user is connected to on their phone.
Person interacting with Artificial Ecology AR art outside
Person interacting with Artificial Ecology AR art outside
Person interacting with Artificial Ecology AR art outside
Person interacting with Artificial Ecology AR art outside
Artificial ecology AR outside
Artificial ecology AR  being viewed through phone