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Turn your Phone into a Dragon Detector!

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Following on from the recent launch of the iBeacon Fairy Trail, Cadw has added another great proximity Augmented Reality (AR) experience to their existing Locly Native mobile app called ‘Little Dragons’. We’ve been working with Cardiff-based agency Equinox to create the new dragon-themed iBeacon proximity game for visitors to enjoy at 7 castle sites across Wales. The game is slightly different to the Fairy Trail (as described in this blog) as the standard Discovery Grid layout has been replaced with an awesome Dragon Detector (custom HTML 5 card), complete with spinning arrow! After downloading the Cadw app and tapping…read more

Storiel Visitors Take a Guided Walk Through History

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We are delighted to tell you about a great new app we’ve been working on with the recently refurbished gallery and museum, STORIEL.  The app aims to help visitors get the most out of their visit by sending them on a digital guided tour of the building.  STORIEL contacted us with a number of aims for an app:: To share the amazing history of the building, which is the second oldest building in Bangor, plus details of the recent restoration project. To encourage visitors to explore the whole building, not…read more

iBeacon Tech Brings Murder Mysteries Back to Life!

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Locly partners Murder Inc are changing the way murder mystery events are held using a Locly Native mobile app and iBeacon technology. Murder mysteries from Murder Inc take much from traditional murder mysteries events as team members work together to investigate and solve a crime using a series of clues provided by the event hosts. However, with Murder Inc’s new digital version, everything a team needs to solve the murder is delivered via a multimedia app – from the initial inspector’s briefing, through interviews with characters, video, documentary evidence (or red herrings!), and…read more

Tutorial: Create a ‘Points of Interest’ Image for your App

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The Locly Native platform offers a number of image based card types to add engaging interactivity to your iOS and Android app. One of the most popular is the ‘Points of Interest’ card.  Here’s a quick tutorial how you can create one using the Locly Native online CMS – all you need is a Locly account or demo app login, the Locly Native preview app (free download on Play and AppStore) on your device, and an image. 1. Create your Card Click on ‘Add Card’ and select ‘Points of Interest’.  Give your card…read more

Locly Native Tutorial: Linking App Content to Beacon Devices

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In this video we show you how to associate content in your Locly Native app to physical beacon devices. This example uses a Locly beacon, but you can easily use other beacon devices such as Estimote or Kontact.io, and shows you how to (1) display app content in a particular order and (2) trigger a notification. 1. Ordering Content The simplest use of beacons is to order content by proximity. By assigning each collection/card to a beacon, your content will automatically be shown to the user in order of proximity, with the nearest to the user’s device at the top of the list.  This…read more

iBeacons Reveal Hidden Fairies at Castell Coch

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We’re delighted to tell you about a delightful iBeacon project we’ve been working on with Mint Motion for the existing Cadw app. Using the Locly Native platform, Mint Motion have created an iBeacon augmented reality game for visitors to play at Cadw’s very own fairytale castle Castell Coch. The game has been added as a new collection to the existing Cadw app which was also built using our platform. This new game uses Locly Native’s Discovery Grid card type – which is typically used for proximity/beacon treasure hunts –  but with the addition of a new augmented reality (AR) style camera…read more

Mobile App Helps Ceredigion Visitors Discover Magical ‘Legends of the West’

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A new app developed by the Ceredigion and the Dyfi Biosphere Destination Partnerships, is helping visitors to learn more about the history of the region through fascinating local legends. The app was created by members of the Partnership using Locly Native – a self-service platform for building React Native mobile apps for Android and iOS. The bilingual app, which delivers proximity (beacon) and location (GPS) specific content, tells the fascinating stories of 13 local legends, including the Nanteos Cup (thought to be the Holy Grail), Cantre’r Gwaelod (Wales’ Atlantis) and famous…read more

Beacon App Treasure Hunt Brings Legends to Life for National Library Visitors

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We thought we’d share with you a great new beacon treasure hunt that’s now live at the National Library of Wales.  The treasure hunt is part of a new proximity story app called ‘Legends of the West’ which has been developed by the Ceredigion and the Dyfi Biosphere Destination Partnerships. The aim of the treasure hunt is to encourage visitors to explore the library, whilst searching for a set of artefacts.  The precious artefacts included in the hunt are all linked to the Ceredigion legends featured in the app, including the Nanteos Cup, which is believed to be the…read more

Cardigan Castle: 900 Years of History in 1 Mobile App

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We’re excited to tell you about a new app project we’ve been working on for Cardigan Castle – a recently renovated heritage site in Ceredigion, Wales. The aim of the app, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is to provide visitors of all ages with an enhanced digital experience when exploring the castle grounds. Tour Guide in your Pocket Built using the Locly Native mobile app platform, the free app is available on both Android and iOS devices (phones and tablets), which visitors can download in advance of their visit. Or…read more

6 Easy Steps to a React Native Proximity App

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Locly Native is a simple, easy to use platform for creating location aware, content-based apps for Android and iOS smart phones and tables.  All app creation and editing is done via our simple web screens – which is sort of like WordPress – along with real-time previewing on any mobile device using the free Locly Native app.  The platform is packed full of great interactive features, such as maps, POI images, photo galleries, tappable 360 panoramas and notifications to name but a few, and we’ve tried to make this process as…read more