Visitors wowed by immersive AR experience 'Unlocking the Cage'

Our augmented reality experience ‘Unlocking the Cage’ is currently touring Devon’s libraries, and visitors are loving it!

Unlocking the Cage combines beautifully crafted words by author Kim Sherwood, an original score composed by John Matthias and Jay Auborn, illustrations by Sarita McNeil – all brought to life by our AR expertise.

Find out more about the project in our case study here, and read on to hear what visitors have said about the experience.

Beautifully curated, thoughtful...

Thank you. More please!

Visitor to Unlocking the Cage at Exeter Library

Beautifully curated, thoughtful...

Thank you. More please!

Visitor to Unlocking the Cage at Exeter Library

What are people saying?

We’ve had fantastic feedback from the first venues to host Unlocking the Cage. The AR experience is currently touring Devon libraries, having launched at Exeter Library back in March.

Since then library visitors have been enjoying using our AR book to discover forgotten women writers from the library special collections.

One visitor described our augmented reality book as a “simple, really effective device of demonstrating the [women’s] work. An interactive book – a brilliant idea.”

Many kept it short and sweet: “Excellent”, “Enlightening, inspiring, unexpected”, “Informative, moving, inspiring”, “Brilliant and sympathetically done.”

Others commented on the ease of using the experience: “Great that I didn’t have to book, and how accessible it was too”; “It was amazing. It was a really different way to look at history. I’m going to tell my mum to come and check it out.”

We were so pleased to hear that one user joined the library on the day they used Unlocking the Cage: “wonderful experience! Beautifully curated and perfectly placed audio to add to the ambience.”

Unlocking the Cage has successfully proven that simple, immersive content can be a reply powerful way to engage visitors with overlooked or forgotten stories. It’s also been clear that people want more opportunities to enjoy AR experiences that showcase these types of story: “I love these sorts of experiences. I’d love more to celebrate women.”

AR book

Where can you go to experience Unlocking the Cage yourself?

Unlocking the Cage will be available to enjoy for free at a number of Devon libraries this autumn and winter:

  • Torrington Library – 14th October – 28th October – 10:00-17:00
  • Tiverton Library – 5th November – 3rd December – 09:00-18:00
  • Sidmouth Library – 12th January – 26th January – 09:00-17:00
  • Teignmouth Library – 1st – 15th February – 09:00-17:00
  • South Molton Library – 23rd February – 9th March – 09:00-17:00

No need to book. Just drop in during library opening hours and someone will direct you to the experience.

Unlocking the Cage can be enjoyed alone, or in groups of up to 4 people at a time and takes approximately 28 minutes to experience in full. You are in control of your own experience, turning the pages of the book to navigate your journey.