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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

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

Beacons and Butterflies – a new app for the Botanic Garden

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When the National Botanic Garden contacted us about their new exhibit for the 2016 Summer Season we got all in a flutter!  They needed a mobile app that could deliver digital content to visitors as they explore their new Butterfly House. Called Plas Pilipala, the Garden’s Butterfly House has an average temperature of 26°C and humidity of 98%, so it was quite a challenging environment for beacons! They also had a tight deadline to reach for their official opening on 25th July 2016. The Garden’s team wanted us to help…read more

Tiger Bay Tales App: Interactive walking trail for Cardiff Bay visitors

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We’re delighted to tell you about a new app we’ve helped develop for the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.  The bilingual Android and iOS app provides visitors to Cardiff Bay with an interactive walking trail around the area, which was previously known as ‘Tiger Bay’. At its peak, Cardiff Docks was one of the largest dock systems in the world; in 1907, 9 million tonnes of coal were exported. This project will permanently capture the rich, diverse and spirited history of Tiger Bay which lies within a shared ‘square mile’ of…read more

First ever beacon on a Dragon!

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Following the recent launch of the new Cadw app, with beacon trails for Beaumaris and Raglan Castles, the latest beacon device to be setup must be the most inspired so far! Cadw have already placed a beacon in an old medieval toilet on the Beaumaris Castle digital trail, but now one has appeared inside a dragon’s head! Cadw Heritage Interpretation Manager Erin Lloyd Jones explains more on her blog: “You may have heard that I have recently been microchipping a dragon… And here is the proof! The ‘microchip’ I have inserted inside its nose is…read more

Castle to ‘be finished’ over 700 years after it was built

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We had a great response yesterday to the launch of Cadw’s new digital iBeacon tour for Beaumaris Castle.  The digital trail includes a number of iBeacon hotspots, featuring atmospheric audio narrations and before and after images, and the trail perfectly complements the castle’s other new physical interpretations. In a feature on ITV News, Erin Lloyd Jones from Cadw said “Any schools, children or families that come can experience doing things at the castle and if things are a bit more hands on they can have more fun and maybe stay a little bit…read more