AR technology in Special HK$150 banknote of HSBC

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In March 6, 2015
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Source: HSBC,  South China Morning Post  Thursday, 05 March, 2015

HSBC was founded in Hong Kong on 3 March 1865. Established to finance trade between Europe and Asia, HSBC has grown to become one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.

“Since opening for business in March 1865, HSBC has been proud to call Hong Kong home and has grown together with the city throughout the past century and a half. To mark our 150th anniversary, we are launching a HKD150 banknote. The note design charts the territory’s journey over the past 150 years, celebrating the spirit of ambition that has made Hong Kong such a special place.

Facets of Hong Kong’s history, the changes to the harbour that mark its importance as an international trading port, the development from a manufacturing city to a global financial hub, and the growth of the city in the past 150 years are captured in this special note.

Four head offices have been rebuilt on the same site at 1 Queen’s Road Central. Each building is pictured on the note, showing how the Bank has developed along with the city. The bronze lions ‘Stephen’ and ‘Stitt’, who stand guard outside the main Hong Kong office, have become symbols of protection. Both feature on the note, with ‘Stephen’ forming part of the watermark, one of eight special security features.

The main colours of the note are red and gold, often considered to be auspicious. The note also features a number of “ruyi” patterns, a traditional Chinese symbol of good fortune.”


Photo: HSBC

By downloading the HSBC 150 mobile app and scanning the HK$150 bill with your smartphone, you can view an augmented reality (AR) video of how Hong Kong’s city scenes have evolved over the past 150 years.

The mobile app also allows you to scan graphics at the back of the bill such as the iconic HSBC lion sculpture and listen to an audio recording about it.

The Multimedia and graphics glossary:  Augmented reality (AR) is the integration of digital information with live video or the user’s environment in real time. Basically, AR takes an existing picture and blends new information into it.