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Augmented Reality Mobile Tourism Application

  • Flávio Pereira
  • Daniel Castro Silva
  • Pedro Henriques Abreu
  • António Pinho
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 276)

Abstract

The growing use of smartphones has revolutionized the way people live, fostering the use of mobile application in the most diverse situations. These applications take advantage of the mobile device’s capabilities to provide the user with useful and contextualized information, being equipped with increasingly intuitive interfaces, and offering richer contents in an attractive manner. Augmented reality emerges as one of the technologies that can be used in these applications, allowing for an improved user experience. This paper describes a tourism-oriented mobile application, in this case to be used in a botanical garden, which uses current mobile device’s capabilities to provide the visitor with several ways to obtain the desired information. The results obtained from this application are shown, including images of the implemented features, and highlighting the results related to the use of augmented reality.

Keywords

Mobile Application Augmented Reality Usability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Flávio Pereira
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Daniel Castro Silva
    • 1
    • 4
  • Pedro Henriques Abreu
    • 1
  • António Pinho
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Informatics EngineeringUC-DEI – University of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.CISUC – Centre for Informatics and SystemsUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  3. 3.Ubiwhere, Lda.AveiroPortugal
  4. 4.Department of Informatics Engineering /and LIACC – Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science LaboratoryFEUP-DEI – Faculty of Engineering, University of PortoPortoPortugal

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