Not sure which MRT station to drop off for the fastest way to your destination? Here’s a useful Facebook Camera filter that fires up an entire MRT map in augmented reality.
The tool is created by Singaporean Timothi Lim and here’s a video to show how it works.
When you need the Singapore MRT map but there isn’t one nearby, this Augmented Reality (AR) effect can help! 🚇I’ve created this AR experience where you can view the entire SMRT map using the back of your adult ez-link card and the Facebook app camera! How does it work? 1️⃣ Open the effect using this facebook effect link – https://www.facebook.com/fbcameraeffects/tryit/2417305934959200/2️⃣Scan the back of an adult EZ-LINK card as indicated on the screen3️⃣ If successful, SMRT map pops up and helps you get a quick look of the whole network. 4️⃣You can use your thumb to resize the map by swiping up and down. 5️⃣If you tap the map, you’ll lock it in place, which means that you wouldn’t need to hold the ez-link card in front of the phone. Then you can pinch the map with two fingers to resize or move it around with one finger. Tap the map again to unlock it (needs an EZ-Link card)The AR experience was created using SparkAR, Facebook's AR development platform. The Map graphic belongs to SMRT. Made this AR map to help me on my commute, especially when I need a quick glance at the whole map (which I find more reassuring than the individual line maps when travelling to new areas). I hope you find a use for it. What are some benefits of this AR map?▪️Helpful – especially for those unfamiliar with the SMRT train map or are new to Singapore. ▪️Quick – you can quickly access the map anywhere and at anytime, even on the train.▪️Easy to find – no need to walk around the train station to find the full MRT map!▪️Accessible without download – uses the Facebook app, so no app download is neededWas inspired by other creators who had created similar experiences in other countries and thought I should make one for my home! Ran into many challenges, such as there being many different EZ-link designs. Decided to go with the blue EZ-Link card as it was the most common card.Upcoming updates will include the Standard Ticket, the Tourist Pass, and the NETS flashpay card. Missed the link above? Get the SMRT AR Map here – https://www.facebook.com/fbcameraeffects/tryit/2417305934959200/If you’re interested in getting updates on AR, I work with Doodle People to help create effects like this. You can find out more about us here – http://www.thedoodlepeople.com/augmented-reality/#augmentedreality #sparkar #immersive #future #transport #publictransport #trains #facebook #ar #instagram #singapore #sg #ezlink #smrt #mrt
Posted by Timothi Lim on Friday, 19 July 2019
Benefits of the AR map include letting tourists and expats navigate around Singapore via MRT with ease. Users can also access the full MRT map easily anywhere, whether it is in-train, outside the MRT station, school, office or home.
There’s also no need to download a separate app since it uses the Facebook app.
How does it work?
Here are the steps to make it work on your Facebook app:
- Open the effect using this Facebook effect link
- Scan the back of an adult EZ-LINK card as indicated on the screen
- If successful, SMRT map pops up and helps you get a quick look of the whole network
- You can use your thumb to resize the map by swiping up and down
- If you tap the map, you’ll lock it in place, which means that you wouldn’t need to hold the ez-link card in front of the phone. Then you can pinch the map with two fingers to resize or move it around with one finger. Tap the map again to unlock it (needs an EZ-Link card)
According to Timothi, the AR experience was created using SparkAR, Facebook’s AR development platform while the map graphic belongs to SMRT.
He also plans to update the tool to include the Standard Ticket, Tourist Pass and NETS FlashPay card in the future.Learn more from Timothi Lim