World of the Week: Scan your Money! - Wikitude

World of the Week: Scan your Money!

Scan your money? There are a lot of things you can do with your hard earned cash, but “scanning” it doesn’t always jump to the top of the list. However, with Wikitude’s “Scan your Money” world, that’s exactly what we’re asking you to do. Any why? How much do you know about that cash in your pocket? Better yet, if you’re travelling, do you know exactly how much that foreign note is worth in your native country? At this exact moment? Thanks to Wikitude, you do!

Scan your Money with WikitudeTo get started with the Scan your Money world, launch Wikitude and then tap on the “Scan your Money” tile. Once opened, you’ll be greeted with two instructions screens, one dedicated to how to use the exchange rate feature, the other on how to use the monetary information features.

Thanks to the Image Recognition features now present, the Scan your Money world will recognize your bills based on specific trigger points. We’ve programmed all the triggers, all you need to do is point your device’s camera at the bank note, and Wikitude will do the rest.

The Conversion

Thanks to a number of currency exchange rate providers, we’re able to bring you up to the minute information about how much that $20 bill in your pocket is worth in just about every currency available.

The currency conversion feature displays a conversion to (depending on your geographic location) the U.S. Dollar, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, and … In the bottom right corner you’ll find the variable. By clicking on the check mark in this box you can select a vast number of currencies to convert your scanned bill to.

Tapping on the up/down arrow in the currency converter header will toggle the display up or down. Since launching this world, we’ve received a number of messages, but late last week this message arrived in my inbox, and was just too perfect not to share,

“I just updated to your newest version and happened to see this money converter. My husband and I are currently on vacation in Costa Rica, and this is absolutely perfect! Thanks a million Wikitude!” – Sheryl Andersson, Oneida, NY

The Info

Our Scan your Money world was released in conjunction with the launch of Wikitude 7.5 and our SDK 1.1. Wikitude’s ARchitect Engine is the underlying technology powering both of these offerings, and now includes the ability to include image recognition.

Using our Scan your Money world, you have access not only to up-to-the-minute currency conversions, but comprehensive background information about that bill in your pocket. Once the world is open, the currency conversion feature will jump out at you, but hold the phone (literally), as there’s a whole lot of “other” information included in this world.

While holding your device over a bank note, you’ll notice a number of circles hovering over areas of the bill. Tapping on any one of these markers will bring up handy information about your bank note. For instance, did you know that there’s a lot going on under the surface of your? I knew there was an ultraviolet component to the Euro note, but never knew that the EU flag appears green and has small circles that turn orange.

The Usage

Again, what started out as an example of Wikitude’s ability to add image recognition capabilities has quickly taken on a life of it’s own. Personally, I would have assumed that the conversion feature would have been the one that folks use the most, but our analytics guys tell me that it’s a 58/42 split between most used feature. So I’m not completely wrong, but it would appear that there are a number of you out there that are very interested in the story behind your cash.

The Scan your Money world was created using the Wikitude SDK, which now includes the ability to addimage recognition capabilities. By employing standard web technologies including HTML, CSS, and Javascript, the new and improved Wikitude SDK allows developers to quickly and easily develop content rich Augmented Reality experiences. To find out more, and get started building your own unique Augmented Reality world(s) today, head on over to the Wikitude Developer Zone.

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