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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

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

Tutorial: Create Before & After images for your mobile app

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Before & After images, where you swipe a finger across the app screen to blend between two images, can be a simple yet very effective addition to your proximity mobile app. Commonly used by Locly users to illustrate how an object or place has changed over time, these images can be used in almost any instance to show contrast and/or transformation. This quick tutorial shows you how you can easily add a Before & After image card to your app: Step 1: Creating the Before & After card Login to your Locly Native App Builder Desktop…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

Cadw brings castles to life with new digital interpretation app

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Cadw, a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’, is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service which looks after heritage sites across the country.  They wanted a new Android and iOS app that would take advantage of location and proximity technologies, and give visitors a magical interactive experience when visiting their sites. Primary goals for the app were clean design, simple navigation and bilingual content, so Locly Native was a perfect match for their requirements. The app also had to deliver GPS information for the organisation’s 100+ sites across…read more

Place a beacon on an expert to encourage visitor interaction

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It’s a common assumption that beacons need to be stationery for their signal to be picked up by a mobile app. But this isn’t always the case. They can also be placed on moving things such as buses and cars……and also people!  With the help of a very basic mobile app you can use beacons to encourage interaction between people who are in the same place at the same time. For example, in a museum or event it can help make staff more approachable to visitors, encouraging them to chat…read more

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery features iBeacon ‘soundscape’ as part of new exhibition

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Today sees the launch of an exciting new exhibition at the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Derbyshire, UK, lead by artist Debbie Adele Cooper. The Fragility of Memory exhibition features an interactive audio soundscape which visitors can listen to using an iBeacon app on their mobile devices. Debbie has wanted to create a digital soundscape for an exhibition for some time, but has found it difficult to find suitable technology to achieve this successfully.  However, after trying the audio tour mobile app at Leicester castle, which was created using Locly…read more