The two assignments were:
– Sound Walk Hilversum: bring back liveliness to the city center of Hilversum by giving attention to the rich media history of the city. This is done by guiding people through the city with an interactive sound walk.
– DBLR: research new concepts and new application fields for the DBLR app/technology.
During the research process the students decided to merge the projects into one since the DBLR project was in need for content and the Sound Walk Hilversum project was in need of technology to test the ideas for the sound walk. The project continued under the project name ‘The Soundwalk’.
The concept for The Soundwalk is that of an interactive sound walk for a wide age group, with lots of playful elements and a finalising reward for the player. Target audience for the concept are families. More specific families visiting Beeld & Geluid (The Netherlands Institute For Sound and Vision) in Hilversum. The sound walk starts there and takes visitors on tour through some historical radio and television spots in the city and ends in the city center.
Below is a short video impression of the concept for The Soundwalk app. Please note that all of this was done within the context of a research project. This app is not a final product but a proof-of-concept to demonstrate the possibilities. The commissioners of the assignment B35/The White Box and DBLR Media are looking into a continuation of the ideas of the students and if it is possible to realise a real version of The Soundwalk.