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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

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

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

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

Leicester Castle tells its story using Locly and iBeacon

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The history of Leicester Castle is being explained through a new phone app. Visitors to the castle can use their own smartphones or tablets to unlock information about the historic site – parts of which date back to the 11th Century. Part of a project called ‘Leicester Castle Tells its Story’, the app uses iBeacon devices to help visitors uncover facts related to key locations around the castle, including its time as a royal fortress for Richard III and famous trails as a law court. The app has been created…read more

ISTE 2015: See iBeacon in action!

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It’s almost time for ISTE 2015, which starts this Saturday in Philadelphia and we are very excited about exhibiting at the event for the first time! Locly is an easy to use self-service iBeacon platform that is being used actively in schools all over the globe to bring digital learning into the here and now.  iBeacon is transforming how devices interact with the real world, giving students the ability to explore their physical surroundings like never before.

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