Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Langwarrin park is really app-ening

Frankston City Council has launched its first ‘Magical Park’ incorporating outdoor fun and gaming for young people in a single experience.

Council says the new environmentally-friendly experience at Pindara Reserve combines traditional outdoor play with gaming in a new, innovative event – using geospatial Augmented Reality (AR) to turn a normal park into a digital playground.

“Roam with dinosaurs or robots, collect cute kittens in a fairyland, rescue dolphins or train a dragon. Learn the basics of recycling in a fairy world and help keep your park clean.
Magical Park is an AR digital playground featuring mini games to get kids off the couch,
running around outside in a safe park space. It is free to play and kids can choose from eight permanent games and three seasonal games,” Council said in a statement today.

Council says the game is aimed at children aged 6 – 11 who have lost interest in traditional playgrounds.

The games are accessible using mobile devices with a GPS, Gyroscope, Accelerometer and Compass.

“While the player can see the virtual world through their device, they can still see their
surroundings through their peripheral view and the geofenced environment keeps the game
content inside the park,” Council said.

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