Library secrets a swipe away


Secret SLQ app

Shhh. We're about to let you in on some secrets.

Reading Room and Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Science and Engineering Faculty have launched a new app to help young people learn secrets hidden within the walls of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

The app, Secret SLQ, is an interactive scavenger hunt incorporating camera and sound technology to help school-aged students explore the library. But if your mobile phone thinks you're being too noisy, you will have to start all over again.

The app will help educate a generation of young people who may visit the library, but have no idea about the treasures it holds. It will help them to learn that the library isn't just about books in a fun and interactive way.

The app, targeted at 8 to 12-year-olds, guides participants through the multi-levelled building searching for unique QR codes to unlock clues and progress them further up the leaders' board.

AR (Augmented Reality) tags unlock augmented photos, including historic pictures of Brisbane city in the 19th century.

The app incorporates leading mobile technology as well as utilising gaming elements to improve interaction to make it exciting to use. It uses the mobile device's camera and speakers to capture photos and play video as well as playing sound and even monitoring the noise the player makes while undertaking the hunt. Points are scored depending on the way you play. For example if you are too noisy the game shuts down and you have to start again. You are in the library after all.

Secret SLQ is available free from iTunes.

SLQ will have iPod touches available on loan to play the game.