What is TagTap AR?
TagTap AR is a FREE digital App whose ambition is to entice more people outdoors – through the use of technology.
That technology is known as Augmented reality - this new technology gives us the opportunity to design digitally led walks. These walks will ultimately encourage more people to spend more time outdoors, walking.
Who is TagTap for?
TagTap is a for everyone.
It is available 24/7 and could be used by families at the weekend, school groups, clubs, senior adults, walking groups or anyone with a hand-held digital device.
The TagTap app is free to use but does require access to mobile data during it’s use.
How is TagTap used?
Firstly, the users, Download the TagTap app and create an account. They can then choose their local area and follow one of the pre- set routes.
The user can use a mobile phone, or tablet to follow the trails in their local area, using the app as a map to navigate to checkpoints.
Those checkpoints can consist of almost anything; Be it Dinosaurs, Sealife, Footballs, Monuments, historical facts... the limits are endless and there is plenty of room to scope out the specifics.
Recently a kids weekend Halloween themed trail was created and tested...
How does TagTap work?
As mentioned, we use the relatively new technology known as Augmented Reality to create an interactive walking game which encourages people of all ages to become active in the community in which they live.
We use TagTap AR location pointers which the user follows. The users then walk to collect the pointers – this then awards points.
Points are automatically collated and tallied up within the app, entering the user into indivual and national tables, so they can see where they stand. The more you walk and the more tags you collect, the more points you get.
How is TagTap free?
While we have ran the original TagTap JTH previously in Chesterfield, TagTap AR is still a proof of concept project and for us to know what benefits and engagement the project can generate we need results and data.
We plan on keeping TagTap free for all, including Schools, Councils and Charities in 2022 completely free of charge.
For us to do this we show Google ads in certain locations within the app to generate revenue to cover operational costs.
The users can pay to have these ads removed, but that is their choice.
Covid-19 has affected us all.
Children, are all too used to staying indoors. The number of children and young people who were physically active fell during the 2019/20 academic year in England, as the corona-virus (Covid-19) pandemic restricted the type of activities available.
The figures, published in the latest Active Lives Children and Young People Survey covering the 2019/20 academic year, show 44.9% of children and young people (3.2 million) met the Chief Medical Officer guidelines of taking part in sport and physical activity for an average of 60 minutes or more a day.
This represents a decrease of 1.9% (86,500) compared to the same period 12 months ago, although activity levels remain higher than in 2017/18.
We believe we have a solution that could help local communities take the first steps to a more active lifestyle. Particularly in those key areas.
Teachers can take children on historic trails, grandparents can take kids on Gruffalo trails and parents can host nature trails to name a few ideas.
The app is FREE, fun and we can work fast.
The goal is to set more testing locations across the U.K. before Spring.
Obesity is still on the rise in England and shockingly 26% of children aged 10 and 11 in some areas of chesterfield are obese, ranking in the top 3% of all council wards in England.
A further 41 % of 10 and 11 year olds are overweight and 28% of 4-5 year olds in north east Derbyshire are overweight. This means that more than 2 in 5 children are considered heavier than that is healthy. 2 factors that contribute to this are eating habits and a lack of physical activity. Improving physical activity not only improves health and well being but also shows changes to behaviour, positive effects on your state of mind, more ‘good’ energy whilst getting you out. out into your town/city. And after being locked away for so long you may just be amazed by it.
Across England: The harm of obesity in children and young people is growing each year and has tripled in the last 30 years. The U.K. is now ranked 9th in the world for overweight prevalence in children. 31.7% of boys and 30.7% of girls across England fall into the category of being overweight or obese. A mere 20% of boys are meeting the minimum government recommended levels of physical activity and the 15% go girls meeting these levels is even worse.
The change has to start now! Being overweight by 60% can lead to severe conditions later in life: type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, high blood pressure, cancer and an early death.
There is no way to sugar coat it given the alarming statistics, changes have to happen NOW! Among those overweight and obese certain characteristics and events also occur, on he emotional and behavioural side you will find bullying, low self esteem, stigmatisation and school absence can increase.
From the health side be prepared for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre diabetes, bone and joint problems and breathing difficulties leading to poor health and a risk of premature mortality in adult life. This is not something we can just ignore, not for ourselves or our children. Get active, get eating healthier and get involved as a family.
Physical activity alone can strengthen children’s bones, muscles, hearts and lungs, it can also improve coordination, balance, concentration, improve sleep patterns, posture and flexibility and helps keep a healthy weight. Screen time is also on the up with recent statistics showing children between the ages of 8-16 spend a ridiculous 7.5 hours on average...per day! That can be added up to a whopping 114 full days in front of a screen. Phones, tablets, computers, consoles and TVs are hard to get away from, so why not put them to good use?
With TagTap JTH you and the family will be taking them with you and using them, only this time your also getting active, inter-active.
So join in and lets start to crush these statistics, 1 Tag at a time.
So grab your favourite footwear and Join The Hunt with TagTap!
Let’s make a change together!