A virtual Vuoksi trout guides visitors in Kruununpuisto

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7/8/2019 9:03 PM

The virtual tour of the rapids created for the Imatrankoski area is now open to the public.

The web application, operational in the area surrounding Imatrankoski Rapids, displays augmented reality, speech guidance and Kruununpuisto information in text form to visitors.

The virtual tour of the rapids created for the Imatrankoski area is now open to the public. By scanning the information sign with your smartphone camera on Inkerin aukio or the bridge crossing the rapids, for example, you can be taken on a journey through the history of the rapids with the lovable animated character Taimi, a small Vuoksi trout.

Project Manager Minna Kähtävä-Marttinen says that the virtual tour of the rapids is a new way of experiencing the rapids.

“The tour has been tested operationally, but what we need now is feedback from visitors. The virtual tour of the rapids experiments with new technology in telling the story of the rapids. What I am most anxious about is seeing how this all works together as a whole, what with the combination of animation, AR (augmented reality) and 360 videos,” Kähtävä-Marttinen says.

The product has been developed in cooperation with a customer panel and with the help of an open questionnaire, based on which the guide is focused on the rich history of the Imatrankoski Rapids.

“I am moved by the impressive history of the rapids. There’s plenty to see here, and this experiment is used to test how modern technology can be utilised to display this content.”

The virtual tour of the rapids is being developed based on feedback.

“We are in the process of creating the basic model, which we will be adding content to based on demand. We will be performing additional tests and collecting feedback this summer. The application features a feedback section where you can submit your own review of the functionality of the app,” Minna Kähtävä-Marttinen says.

You can learn more about the guide at www.virtuaalikoski.fi.
The content of the software is only available in the Imatrankoski area.

More information:
development coordinator Minna Kähtävä Marttinen,
tel +358 20 617 2256,
minna.kahtava-marttinen@imatra.fi

What is the virtual Imatrankoski guide, and how does it work?

  • You need a mobile phone with an internet connection.
  • Use the device camera to scan an information sign either on Inkerin aukio or the bridge. After scanning the sign, a website opens up on your phone allowing you to access the content of the app.
  • There are seven attraction points featuring local history around the rapids. You can view the content once you have first scanned the information sign.
  • You can view AR content at three attraction points by scanning the marker sign or sticker at the point.
  • The content is only available in the Imatrankoski area.
  • Your tour guide will be the virtual character Taimi, a small Vuoksi trout.
  • Guidance is available in Finnish, English and Russian.

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