App for Hamil­ton Gar­dens

Waikato News - - Education -

The mil­lion peo­ple who visit Hamil­ton Gar­dens each year now have an app avail­able to help them get around the city’s num­ber one tourist des­ti­na­tion.

The Univer­sity of Waikato has worked with Hamil­ton Gar­dens staff to de­velop the An­droid app that pro­vides in­for­ma­tion about the his­tory and de­sign of the themed gar­dens.

The app can be down­loaded from the Google Play store.

It’s the work of staff from the Fac­ulty of Com­puter Sci­ence, led by As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor An­nika Hinze.

The app con­tains images and text and is trig­gered as users move into the dif­fer­ent gar­den spa­ces.

When users en­ter a themed gar­den the app no­ti­fies them that in­for­ma­tion on the gar­den is avail­able through an au­dio sig­nal, and visitors can ei­ther read the in­for­ma­tion on their phones or lis­ten to an au­dio ver­sion.

An iOS app is un­der de­vel­op­ment and Dr Hinze says the next log­i­cal step would be to be able to lis­ten to the commentary in other lan­guages.

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