For the upcoming opening of the elephant
enclosure of the Allwetterzoo Münster and in
cooperation with "AVK Terwey" I partook in the
development of an Augmented Reality app running
on all current-gen smartphones and tablet computers.
Zoo visitors will be guided by an animated elephant
in an interactive tour through the elephant
enclosure with its various stages.
To start the app you will need the Augmented
Reality browser "junaio". The app will be loaded
when you aim the camera at the advertising bill and
Once the necessary data is loaded the elephant will
welcome you and the tour can begin.
To stay viable for smartphone users the app couldn't exceed a certain amount of data.
So, polycount and texture sizes needed to stay as small as possible.
Also, every color information has been baked into the colormap as dynamic lighting with shadow casting hasn't been possible
at that time.
The elephant is completely rigged and features a certain amount of lifelike animations as you can see in the video.