FreeBirds

In China, many kinds of wild birds are living under severe threats, including habitat-destroying constructions and “venison economy”-induced huntings. The majority of the public is in lack of knowledge about birds and the motivation to protect them.

As a platform of AR birdwatching game, education, report, and fundraising, FreeBirds aims to gain publicity and support for the work of Chinese wild bird conservation.

January – June 2018 (Bachelor’s Dissertation Project)


Demonstration Video

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Design Procedures

Research

Analysis

Methodology
Target Users
Transforming User Needs
Product Definition

A mobile application that
(A) helps users learn about wild birds and attracts them to partake in bird-watching;
(B) encourages users to report illegal activities and donate to non-profit organizations for bird conservation.


Design Process

Storyboards
Information Architecture
Wireframes
3D Modeling in Blender
Prototyping in Unity

*My design uses markerless AR. The marker AR shown above is for prototyping only.

Advantages of the application of AR (Augmented Reality) game:

Accuracy:
Directly presents the features and the relative sizes of birds.

Interactivity:
Assists with the function of taking screenshots, quizzes and changing environments;
fits the form of “collecting different kinds of birds” and strengthens the sense of “ownership” of users.

Fun:
Attracts users that are not bird lovers to know more about birds.


Outcomes

Visual Elements
Service System
Main Features
Souvenirs

Exhibition @ JNU, June 2018