Beacon-Enabled Audio Tour and Exploratory Game Offers Visitors a Unique Glimpse of Pioneer Life
The City of Independence Missouri’s new mobile app celebrates the city’s unique history–a bustling center which supported pioneers as they started their long journey on the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails during the Westward Expansion of the 1800s.
The goal of the project was to offer visitors a modern way to explore the city with fewer pamphlets, less planning, and more spontaneity.
Core to the app experience is an audio walking tour of historic locations within the city. OnCell configured and deployed location-aware beacons at the tour stops, which automatically play the audio content as visitors navigate the city. Written transcriptions of the audio content are included to make the app accessible for those who are hearing-impaired.
The app includes Pioneers to Presidents, a game developed using the app builder, in which the user prepares for the long journey on the Oregon Trail. Visitors can playfully navigate the city, answer trivia, and collect virtual “supplies” in the form of badges. The badges can be shown at their Visitor Experience Center to get a physical prize. OnCell’s engineering team developed badges as a custom feature to integrate into their app and our content management system.
Photo filters were also custom engineered for this app, which allows visitors to access the device’s camera and take photos with themed overlays, such as wearing President Harry Truman’s hat and spectacles.