For my individual project I want to utilize some of the unique spatial features of iBooks Author. At first all I knew was I wanted to use geotracking and augmented reality to do something cool; so far I have three ideas in roughly the same vein:
1. Clemson Murder Mystery- this is the first thing I came up with when thinking about the possibilities of geotracking. It would be a multimodal interactive mystery novel in which you, the "reader", follow a series of prompts which lead you to various locations around Clemson. At these locations, interactive elements are activated which enable you to unravel the mystery. In this way you become PART OF THE STORY-- I'm thinking it starts like this, you obtain an encrypted data file which contains an archive of information relating to some guy's investigation into Thomas Green Clemson's hidden cache of Civil War bullion (the eBook itself IS the data file). You quickly find out that the file's author was murdered and must retrace his steps, encountering various suspects along the way (it would be cool to film a video at a location, then have the "reader" visit that location to activate the suspect video). Physical clues would appear in the form of images super-imposed on the environment using the iPad's camera (thus, augmented reality). My vision of this book somewhat resembles the IDEO concept "Alice" in that there would be branching paths and multiple endings; however, due to time limitations this may prove unfeasible. I would settle for a simple, streamlined mystery scenario that would serve as proof-of-concept. This idea would involve creating basically all the content myself, but it would be really fun.
2. Botanical Gardens Interactive Guide- Dr. Blakesley mentioned this sort of off-the-cuff, but I've visited the Botanical Gardens before and think it would be awesome to create a sort of "field guide" to the various exhibits. This could include detailed information on the various plantlife, some augmented reality displays which categorize the arborium, certainly a GPS-enabled map of the area with labels for each section... lots of possibilities. I think it would be crazy cool to have 3D models of plants for which users could adjust a "season slider" to change their appearance in order to more closely resemble what that plant looks like at a particular stage in its lifecycle. I feel like this idea would be the most impressive as a part of my professional portfolio, plus I may be able to get a lot of the content by collaborating with the garden's staff.
3. Spicy Quest, A Trial By Food- okay so basically the idea is that I create a hybrid restaurant review/interactive challenge that has users going to places that I have indicated and ordering the spiciest food possible. I would video myself eating at each location and providing feedback. Ultimately the goal is to complete the "circuit" of restaurants I have laid out (all within a reasonable radius of Clemson), with the GPS (and possibly some social media addon) serving to track the user's progress. The reward for completion of the quest is the title of Spicy Champion. I kind of like this idea the best because it involves me eating delicious spicy food.