The Kochi project is almost complete, the path has been determined and there is now a video that is generated by a postcard. The poster for the project is also now in the Amay Eco Shop, so you can drop in and play the video through your phone if you download the Aurasma app. All that is left to do is to finalise the auras for the sites…

This project would not have happened without the support and help from many people. Big hugs and thanks to Di Ball, Mahin Mahu, Martin Drury, Vikas Cochin, Ninu and Christobel from Amay, Daniel Connell, Biju Xavier Matthew, Yogi Abriham, Global Oceans India and many more Kochi people. On Friday the project was also featured in The New Indian Express, which is really exciting!!

Here is the postcard image, if you use Aurasma you can see a video.

Aura #1 Aspinwall House, © Tracey Benson 2014
Aura #1 Aspinwall House, © Tracey Benson 2014

The poster looks great in Amay doesn’t it!

Something that is worth mentioning that has impacted on my project is the availability of the Internet in India and my ultimate reliance on it to produce my AR works. It has made me realise that there needs to be other methods to produce works that are lo-fi and easily accessible to people without online tools and skills. As I sit here writing this post I am reminded of how privileged I am to live somewhere with Internet access, and having the skills and capability to use the technology. In India only 8.4% of women are online (check out Red Rickshaw Revolution), which demonstrates how far many countries have to go before there is online equity particularly in terms of gender and education. It is one of the lowlest online penetration rates in the world for women. Kerala is a special case in India however, as there is a very high literacy rate (9 out of 10) for boys and girls.

Here are the instructions to download Aurasma, just in case you don’t get your hands on a postcard!


The images in this project use Augmented Reality. To view it you must have an iPhone or Android smart phone or tablet. 

You must also have the “Aurasma” app installed.

To install Aurasma:

  • Search for and download the “Aurasma” app in Google Play or the Apple App Store
  • Open the app, click on the “A” symbol at the bottom of the screen, then click on the magnifying glass icon
  • In the search box, type in “bytetime” and click “Search”
  • Select the channel titled “bytetime” then click “Follow” to follow the channel.

Now you are ready to view the work. When you are viewing the postcards hold your device in front of the postcard to watch it animate. Any time you want to view the work in future, simply launch Aurasma, and it will be ready to go.

Note: Make sure you are connected to the Internet and you have your sound up to fully experience the work.

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