The NTI provides cutting edge training in app development on Apple and android platforms. In addition, we have a dedicated app development studio that allows us to provide a mobile application development service for both platforms, web enabled apps and advanced design services utilising geo location based apps, the latest game technology, augmented reality and gestural interfaces. The studio draws on academics with extensive, high level industrial experience in advanced programming techniques and world class creative digital content.
We are supporting the next generation of talent too. Students from Leeds Beckett get to work on live projects in our Development Studio, which has up to six paid posts for upcoming developers.
Case Study: Kirkgate Market 3D Digital Platform for Online Shopping
Funded by Innovate UK, this project developed an innovative interactive 3D digital platform of food traders at Leeds’ historic Kirkgate Market, giving online shoppers the opportunity to take an immersive tour of the stalls, ‘visiting’ traders to see their wares.
Available online or as an app, the software, which was featured on the Yorkshire Post and the BBC, uses an eCommerce engine, allowing users to carry out a list-based search for products and then buy produce from several traders but make only one payment.
The technical challenges involved imaging the architecture of Kirkgate Market to capture realistic images of the food traders and their products. The system used the underlying geometry of the market, along with research and development in a gaming engine used for developing video games, to generate the visual interface.
This enabled users to really interact and explore the market stalls, ultimately making Kirkgate Market a more attractive shopping option to customers.
The proof of concept product was evaluated by real customers who successfully used the app to ‘click-and-collect’ shop in the market. This can be extended to provide immersive visual guides of venues such as museums and cultural attractions whilst also allowing the buying of products.