Aruba: "World's First Augmented Reality Coin"

Started by chrisild, July 13, 2012, 11:27:42 AM

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chrisild

This summer Aruba will issue a 5 florin "coin" (silver, proof) which depicts a shoco owl. Not only will the piece be colored, you will also need s smartphone in order to fully ... enjoy it. According to the Royal Dutch Mint (KNM) this is the first coin in the world that comes with "Augmented Reality" features.

http://www.knm.nl/Wereldprimeur-Aruba-5-Florin-Shoco-2012-Zilver-Proof-met-Augmented-Reality/nl/news/401/
http://www.knm.nl/Aruba-5-Florin-Shoco-2012-Zilver-Proof/nl/product/2597/

The coin has an added feature which will be visible only if you scan it with your phone. (The KNM says that, surprise, this depends on your phone and software.) Also note that, unlike the QR code that the mint used for last year's Muntgebouw Vijfje, this will not work with an image; you have to use the real piece. Mintage 2,500; the coin costs almost €50 if you order it from the mint.

More information, in English, about the depicted owl is here for example:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrowing_Owl
http://repeatingislands.com/2011/03/06/petition-for-the-shoco-as-aruba's-national-bird/

Christian

Figleaf

For €50, they could have included the phone. At least THAT would have been useful.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

akona20

I have always been in favour of real reality. These people have been watching too much "reality" TV.

chrisild

Here is a KNM video that explains how the feature works. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyBnk9GOnZk The voice sounds like that of Juanjo Sanchez (who designed the Muntgebouw Vijfje, see first post) but I'm not sure. In any case, let me express my excitement ...

... where it would be appropriate, thus not here. ;)

Christian

augsburger

This is sort of the equivalent of being given a DVD on your birthday from a friend in a different continent, it won't work on your DVD player. Real exciting.

Figleaf

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

eurocoin

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Some extra information about the coin. The coin was designed by Royal Dutch Mint engraver Juan José Sánchez Castaño based on photos that were made by Greg Peterson of the Aruba Birdlife Conservation. The special website that you were being referred to after scanning the coin can be found here. It consisted of the following pages:

http://www.knm.nl/shocoontwerp (More information about the design)
http://www.knm.nl/shocovideo (Video and audio of the animal)
http://www.knm.nl/Shoco-fotos/nl/page/614/ (Original photos as provided by Greg Peterson)
http://www.knm.nl/shocospecificaties (Specifications)