First Wisconsin State Park to Embrace Augmented Reality*

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As with most visits to Wisconsin State Parks, the first sign park visitors see, is a sign designating the area as a Wisconsin state park. New visitors often stop at the welcome sign to photograph family members next to the sign.

Some new visitors enter the park having looked at the Wisconsin State Park Website. Some might even have researched further by looking at "The Friends" Website.

But what would happen if a park visitor focused the camera of their mobile device at the state park sign
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and, not only saw the sign but superimposed over the sign, a small directory appeared and deer appeared?

That’s what augmented reality is! When the “physical world” and “digital information” are combined, an “augmented reality” is created. This combination is called an “aura”. The aura is triggered by a sign, a photo, or an object.

Wyalusing State Park is excited to be the first Wisconsin State Park to offer our park visitors a tour using augmented reality.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP).

Throughout the park, the Friends of Wyalusing membership pamphlet, and the park newspaper you will find several areas in which to experience augmented reality with “HP Reveal”. Wyalusing State Park currently has over 20 auras. Click here download brochure.

HP Reveal is a free mobile app for any web-enabled device that helps to create an “augmented reality”.

It’s easy to get started
  1. Download the free app “HP Reveal” for your wireless device. (https://www.hpreveal.com/)
  2. After the free app has been downloaded, view the five(5) window tutorial.
  3. Next, it will ask you to either sign in or create an account. If you do not want to create an account at this time you can choose to skip this step by tapping “skip”.
  4. When you see the screen with the dancing dots....click on the bottom "A" Icon.
  5. In the "Explore" screen, select the magnifying glass on the bottom icon bar.
  6. On the "Search HP Reveal" type in “fwsp”; then, select "Done".
  7. Select "fwsp’s Public Aura's".
  8. On the next screen, select "Follow".
  9. On the bottom icon bar, select the middle icon; it looks like a window.
  10. You are done. You can now use HP Reveal to view Wyalusing State Park’s auras.
Test Augmented Reality Out!
  1. Open HP Reveal on your mobile device.
  2. Click the view button at the bottom of your screen to take you back to the viewing screen. The view button looks like the corners of a square.
  3. Aim the HP Reveal viewfinder at the image below. Watch what happens. 
Does a small orange rectangle appear? Now tap on the rectangle. If all goes according to plan you should be viewing a map with locations of most triggers.

Please note: This is not a perfect system. The app is dependent on having an internet connection to work. Additionally, the viewfinder can be finicky. Although we have tried to choose objects that work 100% of the time, a change in lighting or another uncontrollable factor can cause the app to be unable to recognize the image. When the app is not able to recognize the image the overlay will not appear.
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