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resqsarge03: Augment, the company whose app I used to demonstrate 3D virtual reality in geocaching stopped free support of the 3D model I created for this cache. I am archiving this cache since I do not want to pay to continue the service. -Sarge


Augmented Reality?

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Hidden : 03/25/2013
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Geocache Description:

The cache is not at the coordinates listed above

There are two ways of finding this cache. The really COOL-HIGH-TECH-POP-YOUR-EYEBALLS-OUT-IT-IS-SO-NEAT way and then there is the really normal, mundane, gotta solve another puzzle way. It is your choice. The high tech way involves you finding a virtual film can that has the coordinates. It is way more fun.

Here is the puzzle. Solving this will yield the final coordinates. You do not need to go for the high tech solution if you solve the puzzle listed below.....but you know you want to!



Augmented reality (AR) is not all that new but it has become more popular with the proliferation of mobile devices such as phones and tablet/pads. I was first exposed to it by my son who was playing a game on his Gameboy. The game came with marker cards that made 3D characters from the game appear in the air hovering over the card. Now, AR lets you use your mobile device to see things that are not really there. There are apps that let you use your smart phone or tablet to scan your surroundings and show photo links, advertisements, directions, etc. It is like a cool, secret world that only folks "in the know" can discover.

AR works by using some kind of tag or marker. That marker tells your mobile device to display the predetermined image or information at that spot. Markers can be something like the printed card in this geocache listing, a logo or photograph, or they can even be a physical GPS coordinate- meaning that if you stand in a certain spot and use some AR apps you will see the hidden information.

If you want more information about AR look up Wikitude or Google Project Glasses.

Click the following link and print the special marker page image. This sheet is the key to it all and makes the magic happen. It is the same jpg included in the gallery of this cache listing. Place it on a horizontal, well lit surface in front of you.

Click here for the marker page image

Now all you need to do is to obtain a free AR app called Augment. It is available for Android and iPhone users. The first time you run the app it takes you directly to the camera. Please hit your BACK button or navigate to the home screen of the app. Then touch the logo in the top left corner of your screen in order to expand a menu from the left side. (That is how it works on my Droid. iPhone users may have to do something different). Choose SCAN. This will active your device's camera so you can point it at the USCGA logo shown below. You don't have to print the logo. You can just use the camera pointed at the screen.

Once you have scanned the USCGA logo, your screen will change and you will see something new on it. Point your device at the marker card sitting in front of you. It should be placed in front of you about two feet away. Voila! It is 3D so be sure to examine all sides of the virtual film can in order to retrieve the information you need. You can move the marker sheet around to do this or you can move your phone around to see all sides of the image.

NOTE-- Some cachers have figured out how to do the AR portion of this cache puzzle using two phones instead of printing the marker sheet. They use one device to display the marker and the other device to do the scanning. You could also use a tablet (ipad) and a phone in combination.
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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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