StaffsLive launches new augmented reality phone app

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StaffsLive have launched a fantastic new mobile phone app for both Apple and android phones.

The app gives one-click access to news, sport and entertainment content from Staffordshire University based StaffLive written by journalism students.

Cutting edge augmented reality (AR) is included in the app which has been developed by Stoke-on-Trent based tech company OohAR – Augmented Reality Solutions.

Andy Jackson, Ooh-AR director, says StaffLive’s augmented reality will offer exciting new interactive content in the future for the StaffsLive community.

He said: “AR offers users a link between the real world and interactive content through their mobile devices.

“Users will be able to point their phones at a trigger item such as a picture or poster, which will open up multimedia content and more.

“For example, we are talking with the students union so that students will be able to point their phone at a poster of an event, which would then show them a clip of the band, and let them book tickets right from the app.”

StaffsLive could also be branching out into local tv, having recently put a bid to OFCOM in partnership with BayTV to provide a local television service for Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas.

Chris Keer, BayTV’s programme director, who already run a local tv service in Liverpool, said the new station would be called BayTV Stoke, if the bid to OFCOM is successful.

He said: “We won’t know how many others have bid for the license for Stoke-on-Trent until next week, which will affect how long OFCOM take to make a decision on the bids.

“When we bid for Liverpool it took them 9 months, but we hope it is a little quicker this time.”

Dr Astrid Herhoffer, dean of the faculty of arts and technologies at Staffordshire University said if successful, the new service would offer a great opportunities for students.

“The partnership will mean that Staffordshire University students will be contributing content to the news station, including news, sport, music, as well as educational programs.”

You can download the new app for iphone or ipad HERE or for android HERE

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