Location-based video experience - mobile and web community engagement (2007)
BT, BBC, Microsoft, Kew Gardens
Stories@Kew was a location-based experience inviting the public to discover, create and share video stories about Kew, using GPS enabled mobile phones. Stories@Kew was held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from 5th to the 9th April 2007. Technologies from the BBC, BT and Microsoft Research Cambridge were trialled during the event.
Stories@Kew was created as part of the Participate
Stories@Kew participants explored Kew Gardens with a mobile phone to find points of interest (POIs) where they could interact with, and contribute, location-specific media. On reaching a POI, participants could view professional videos about Kew; make a video in response to a prompt; and view videos made by other visitors at that location.
The BT stories@kew mobile application used GPS and Bluetooth for location positioning. An interactive map displayed the participant's own location, and nearby POIs. Video could be watched, created and shared from within the application. Recorded content was geo-referenced, so that user generated content could be mapped back into the application.
The Stories@Kew public website, created and hosted by BT, provided public access to editorialised videos, and private access to participants' unmoderated content. A follow on study explored how the user generated content could augment a television show, for example 'A Year at Kew' over IPTV (Internet TV).