Geomedia Develops Interactive App for San Antonio Parks Foundation
The gardens have a glorious history dating back well over 100 years. While the location once operated as just a rock quarry, today the Japanese Tea Garden are one of the most loved, picturesque, inspiring, and cultural resources in San Antonio.
The San Antonio Parks Foundation, which operates the Tea Garden, were searching for an innovative method to inform and entertain the thousands who visit the gardens each year.
The San Antonio Parks Foundation decided to try a more modern and less invasive approach and chose to developm a mobile app to tell the complete story of this favorite San Antonio destination.
The parks foundation partnered with Geomedia to created the “Japanese Tea Garden Augmented Reality App” based on immersive educational and entertaining experience that explores this popular and remarkable destination. The app utilizes Augmented Reality or “AR” technology to enhance several key areas throughout the Garden.
The built-in map feature helps visitors navigate the garden’s scenic pathways and discover amazing AR experiences.
The majestic Torii gateway that welcomes visitors shares a controversial past. And users learn the significance of a Torii and what it represents to Japanese culture.
The long history of the Garden can be explored through a timeline of photos and stories.
In the lower garden, users can use a color palette to customize the look of their very own Koi fish or Waterlily, then cast them into the garden’s ponds via Augmented Reality (AR).
There are challenging vintage picture puzzles to solve, and visitors can snap a photo with Kokoro, the Japanese Tea Garden’s resident magical dragon.
A special section of the app explores the importance of the Japanese Tea ceremony and also includes a history of the Jingu Family, the original caretakers of the Tea Garden.
For years, the history, traditions and importance of San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden went largely unexplained and misunderstood. This new AR app now allows visitors to discover and engage with the many features of this remarkable and wonderful park.