Judging by the answers of the children themselves from different countries, computer games and other digital activities do not replace live communication for them. Consequently, at the same time, children and adolescents in the real world are becoming lonelier, less self-confident, and more reserved because of lack of live communication and interaction. Most of the small respondents (81 percent) answered that they prefer to play with their parents, rather than alone. And in order to help along changing the current situation and bring children and parents together our Augbrite team has developed AR Multiplayer — an innovative project that opens up a number of opportunities for both children and their parents and the whole family can play simultaneously! This application is a small game based on augmented reality technology — an environment that in real time augments the physical world, as we see it, with digital data using any digital devices — tablets, smartphones or others.
A markerless AR multiplayer game which will keep you racing against a mouse, or running away from a cat, wandering around a garden maze. Game consists of create/join multiplayer logic, AR setup and the game itself. It works really simple — you turn on our AR application, hover your gadget over any vertical surface (such as floor or table), it detects the plane and a labyrinth appears on top of it. And now you and your child can walk with a phone or tablet around the territory that your gadget has scanned within a maze — together with a cat and a mouse — where alternately the cat must catch the mouse and vice versa.
In our Chase AR game, we used network users connection. Two players setup a game, while being in the same or different locations - a room or a backyard.
Also, maze matching, where players may be on the same environment and see the maze from their devices in the same place or whatever worldwide and see each other maze.
For each new session Chase AR game creates unique maze to make gameplay interesting. It is not only generating floor and walls, but also randomly generates game environment such as rocks, boxes, plants, barrels, etc.
This solves a number of problems right away — first of all it allows parents to spend quality time with children, enhances communication and interaction processes in the family, provides parents with an opportunity to look at the world through their children's eyes which hereafter will facilitate better mutual understanding, during a team game children will learn to find compromises, overcome difficulties, and solve problems that arise on the way which are important skills to develop in the modern-day world.
Most moms and dads believe that technology can help their families become more united, and that digital entertainment can be creative and that virtual games bring them closer to the child. Many parents believe that creativity and the ability to think critically play a significant role in shaping the child's personal qualities.
Family AR game also develops the other most important skills in the children: for example, team games inside the virtual world, will teach a child logical and creative thinking, achieving goals and simply the ability to work in a team and parents will be perfect mentors for them, in the meantime giving their help and support. And when you cannot physically be near your children, for instance, you can be on a business trip or just at work, then you can play online and feel reunited with your child, so he or she will feel your constant attention and care.