Discover the Secret Knight

Posted: 07 August 17

Visitors to Lincoln’s Brayford Pool waterfront can catch a glimpse of a new ‘secret knight’ with the launch of an innovative augmented reality mobile app.

Developed by the University of Lincoln in partnership with Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG), the application, available free to download for Android phones, reveals a 3D image of a medieval knight galloping across the user’s screen. The image is triggered when the phone’s camera detects the secret marker located off Brayford Wharf East near to the University, on the bridge overlooking the Brayford Pool.

The appearance of the knight and his trusty steed can be customised from 64 colour combinations available, along with size of the image which can be changed with a simple tap of the screen.

A picture frame installed on the bridge allows the user to capture their knight in all its glory, set against the beautiful backdrop of the city’s Brayford Pool and the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral.

The installation also features a wireless access point, allowing visitors to download the application and share their customised knight with friends and family on social media.

The digital project was inspired by the Lincoln Knights’ Trail and, with the help and support of academics in the University’s School of Computer Science, the application was developed by PhD student Kieran Hicks. It builds on the School’s ongoing research exploring augmented reality interaction design in a public setting.

To download the app to your Android device, search ‘Lincoln Secret Knight’ in the Play Store.