Creating Augmented Reality with Aurasma

Aurasma is one of the most common and easiest-to-use apps to access and to create augmented reality experiences (called "Auras"). Aurasma is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets that have built-in cameras. Here's a link to the list of supported devices: http://www.aurasma.com/supported-devices/ 

Get the Aurasma app from your app store or from Aurasma.com. More complex auras are created and managed using the free Aurasma Studio Website (sign up 24-hrs in advance). Below are simple directions for creating auras.

Sample: Open Aurasma app and point to the back of any $20 bill. See a cool Aura! See if anything happens when you scan the front of a $5 bill.

A. Creating a simple Aura with your mobile device

  1. Open the Aurasma app.
  2. Click the "A" symbol on the bottom of the screen to bring up a menu.
  3. Click the "+" symbol on the bottom of the menu to ADD a new Aura.
  4. Select an OVERLAY from the choices provided (still or animated pre-loaded images).
  5. Align the camera over your TRIGGER IMAGE and click the camera icon.
  6. The OVERLAY will now play over your TRIGGER IMAGE. Use finger gestures to position, scale (pinch or expand fingers), and rotate (2-finger rotation) the overlay exactly where you want it to display over the Trigger image.
  7. Next you'll name your Aura and decide whether it will be public or private.
  8. Reopen Aurasma and aim your camera at your trigger image. Swirling blue lines should indicate that Aurasma recognized your trigger image and is loading the overlay.
  9. If it doesn't work right, your trigger image may not be approriately unique or distinct. If the blue lines appear but no overlay, you may not have a strong wireless signal (MUCH prefers Wi-Fi to cellular Internet) or enough bandwidth if it's a busy network (like at ISTE).

B. Creating an Aura with a VIDEO overlay

  1. Using your phone's or tablet's built-in video camera app, record a 10-second video that relates to your next trigger image. Narrate the video as you shoot. Feel free to find a quieter location with good lighting. You may want a partner to shoot you while you act or teach for 10-seconds (or vice versa).
  2. Follow Steps 1-to-3 from section A above.
  3. From the OVERLAY screen, select the DEVICE tab at the bottom.
  4. Click the big "+" symbol in the DEVICE window to ADD an overlay.
  5. Click "photo roll" (or equivalent) and select your video or click Camera to shoot an overlay now.
  6. Follow Steps 5-to-9 to complete your Aura.
  7. While viewing a video Aura, the overlay tends to wobble if you don't keep your camera aligned to the trigger image. Try DOUBLE-TAPPING on the playing video to lock the video so that you no longer have to keep pointing at your trigger image.
  8. If you haven't shared your work with others yet, do so now.

C. Creating an Aurasma CHANNEL to share your Auras

  1. Open Aurasma Studio on your computer or tablet. (Need account that takes up to 24 hrs lead time)
  2. Click on the CHANNELS icon on the right.
  3. Click the "+" symbol on top of the CHANNELS window to ADD a channel.
  4. Give the channel a simple name that is easy to search for (include last name, school name, ISTE, etc).
  5. Indicate whether it is a PRIVATE or PUBLIC channel (people can't SEARCH for Private channels, but you CAN share them such as with a class). Make your's PUBLIC for now.
  6. Optionally add a description and a photo or icon.
  7. Click SAVE, and your new channel should appear in the CHANNEL Window.
  8. You can create multiple channels for different purposes.
D. Creating and Sharing a Video-based Aura
  1. Open Aurasma Studio.
  2. Click on the Trigger Images button.
  3. Name the Trigger Image so you can match it to your Overlay and Auras.
  4. Ignore the Coordinates window for now (leave blank)
  5. Browse your computer to find and select the image to upload.
  6. Click Save and your image should appear in the image window.
  7. Use the Masking Tools to remove elements from your photo that you don't want to effect the Trigger.
  8. Click on the Overlays button.
  9. Name the Overlay to align with Trigger and Aura names.
  10. Select whether your overlay is a video, image, Web page, or 3D scene/model.
  11. Browse your computer to find the overlay.
  12. Click Save and your Overlay should appear.
  13. Click on the Aura button.
  14. Name your Aura and the Channel through which it will be shared.
  15. Select your Trigger Image and Overlay.
  16. Align your Overlay to the Trigger Image.
  17. Click Save.
  18. Using your Mobile Device, open the Aurasma App and select Menu (the big "A" at bottom).
  19. From the Menu, click on the magnifying glass to SEARCH for your Channel.
  20. When you find your Channel (it must be Public to find), select "Follow."
  21. Now click on the camera image icon (brackets at bottom center of Menu) and aim at Trigger Image.
  22. The Aura you created in Aurasma Studio should appear.
  23. Have your neighbors search for your Channel, Follow it, and access your Aura.
  24. Congratulations! You've created an aura that can be viewed by anyone, anywhere with the right target image!

E. Creating a LOCATION-BASED Aura

  1. Follow the steps in section C, but with one change in Step 4
  2. To specifiy a Trigger Image to be "Location-Based," follow the Location Aura directions (info icon) to use the map tool to enter geographical coordinates. Simply, use the address of the location to get close, then right-click on a more precise location to set the Location Pin. This is especially useful for geographic or architectural landmarks, the entrances to buildings, and so on. It can be tricky to match the image you take to the image your viewers will see (think heavy snow) or double-decker busses.
  3. The resulting Aura will only be active when you are in the vicinity of the location you specified. It's possible for users to view your Aura locations without specifying your Channel.

F. Creating a Click-Thru, Multi-Overlay Aura

  1. Follow the steps in section D to Step 15.
  2. If you have multiple Overlays, enter each one in the Overlays Panel
  3. Now find the Overlay (Properties) Panels and define the behavior of each overlay. If an overlay should not be immediately visible, check the "Initially Hidden" box. Note that you can use tap actions and "video over" actions to trigger events. The event can be making the Overlay full screen, loading another Overlay video, or a Web page.
  4. Experiment to find what works. Try making small Auras to test these advanced features to see how they work.
  5. In general, keep your Auras simple.

 G. Create an Animated video with GoAnimate.com or using YouTube videos

  1. Download and edit a YouTube video to be under 3 minutes. Upload to Aurasma Studio as above.
  2. Some sites, like GoAnimate, do not permit downloading of the finished video. In those cases, use a screen capture program like Screencastomatic.com to record and save the video as an .mp4 file. Note that audio is often not captured by a screen capture program. Upload video from your computer to Aurasma Studio.