FUTURE PASSENGER : Mobile, Public, and Locative Media A Study of Mixed Reality Narrative, Interface, and Content to Engage Train Passengers

Eilbeck, Alastair
(2023) FUTURE PASSENGER : Mobile, Public, and Locative Media A Study of Mixed Reality Narrative, Interface, and Content to Engage Train Passengers. PhD thesis, University of Liverpool.

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Google Maps and other living maps (e.g. CartoDB, Mapbox, and Open Street Map) provide an underlying platform for ever more creative, networked, and performative mobile experiences (Dalton, 2015). Furthermore, immersive technologies like augmented reality (AR) provide a spatial paradigm to further connect us to our immediate surroundings. Combining these locative and spatial technologies offers new ways to engage with public spaces (Liao & Humphreys, 2015). This practice-based PhD research aims to use a mobile AR project, Fantasia Express, funded by the UK Ministry of Transport, to investigate a new concept that I call hybrid public space, one that is defined by an interdependent locative digital layer linked to a physical twin. In doing so, I want to create new knowledge that has value to both the creative industries and academics looking to understand the convergence of immersive technology with location and publicness. As a theoretical framework, this thesis considers the insights into the social impact of AR and other technologies, such as their potential to enhance our experience of public space and each other to create a ‘community of strangers’ (De Waal, 2013). My methodological approach encompasses several elements, such as an extensive literature review, developing complex software prototypes, and testing these prototypes with train passengers travelling on the East Coast Mainline. My findings summarise a new approach and design process to develop interfaces for immersive locative projects, new technical approaches to integrating immersive technologies within the existing information technology found on board UK trains, and new production approaches to speed up the iteration of complex software prototypes.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hybrid public space, hybrid space, digital public space, augmented reality, virtual reality, real-world metaverse, living maps, data narratives, soft data, amplified presence, passenger, trains
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2023 09:25
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 09:26
DOI: 10.17638/03172342
  • Koeck, Richard
  • Webb, Nick
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3172342