A Havant-based production company is working on an historic interactive map of Hampshire, which will bring the battle of Agincourt to life.
Blue Donut Studios is part of a team commissioned to create an interactive wearable map of the county, which features several places in the local area.
It is being created by Marcus Pullen, of Blue Donut Studios, and David Overton of SplashMaps as part of Eastleigh Borough Council’s culture unit’s Road To Agincourt project, in association with the national Agincourt600 charity.
It will feature an augmented reality trail that will provide information at specific points that hold particular relevance to the battle of Agincourt.
These include, Henry V discovering a plot to overthrow him at Portchester Castle, places he stayed during the build-up to the invasion of France (Bishop’s Waltham, Titchfield, Winchester and Southampton) and the main harbour where he kept his flagship Grace Dieu (Hamble).
The technology works via an app which can be downloaded on to any smartphone or tablet. Then when the user scans at a location which is featured on the map, a beacon will send videos and other interactive content to the user’s device.
The map itself is based on the John Speed map of Hampshire and is printed on an all-weather fabric developed by SplashMaps, which is durable and can be easily washed and worn.
Marcus believes that integrating the augmented reality trail with a physically durable map is a winning formula.
He said: ‘The SplashMaps themselves are really good and they have a lot of practical value. You can lay them on coffee tables, car bonnets, anywhere.
‘The interactive features give you plenty of historical context when you’re out and about.’
David Overton, the managing director of SplashMaps, said: ‘It gave us a great opportunity to interact with different people in an exciting way.’
For more information on Agincourt600 and the Road to Agincourt, visit agincourt600.com/ and roadtoagincourt.co.uk.