Researchers present experimental tool designed for item tracking and inventory management in libraries.
The Miami University Augmented Reality Research Group (MU ARRG!) have developed an app for Android that uses the device’s camera to scan a bookshelf and with an augmented reality overlay, identifies books that are out of place. The BookTag AR app by undergraduate research assistant Matt Hodges, advised by Professor Bo Brinkman, is useful for shelf reading and book inventory.
Spine labels on the books have QR codes that relate to individual book call number. The app reads these to check if the books are shelved correctly. A green tick appears if it’s in the right place, a red cross means it’s been shelved wrong. If you tap the screen and zoom in, it points you to where the book needs to be moved. The app also generates a list of which books have been viewed, aiding with your inventory.
The only drawbacks would be for a library with a large collection, as the special spine tags need to be added to each book, and also thin books would be difficult to tag in this way.
Professor Bo Brinkman presents the app and shows it in action using the Samsung Galaxy tablet: