Augmented Reality is an amazing technology that has gone mainstream thanks to PokemonGo. Now almost everyone knows what Augmented Reality is and if you still don’t know what augmented reality is, then the basic definition for it is: Using a device usually your phone’s camera to add computer generated imagery into the real world view.
Its progress in education has been nothing but excellent. Student who have used this technology showed higher focus rates and attention to the lesson. The applications and uses of AR in education are limitless and it can help in almost every field of education. Here are some of the uses:
- Interactivity:Interactive education is nothing new, but interacting and manipulating a 3D object in the air levels up the playing field of interactive education.
- History:A professor can teach about ancient civilizations and with the help of augmented reality he can show artifacts from said civilizations for students to examine from every angle. Which brings a hands-on approach to education.
- Dissection:Augmented reality can literally cut layers of body and show us what’s behind every layer. And this can also apply to architecture to demonstrate why some parts of the framework are important.
- Space:It could also bring planets, stars and the whole cosmos right in front of you with statistical information about them for you to examine.
- Landmarks:Teachers could teach about the pyramids and show photos of them but by using augmented reality they can bring them to the classroom.
- Living books: It could also bring the concepts and material that a textbook contains to life and shows interactive models that you could examine and manipulate.
Interactive Dynamic Video:
Though Augmented Reality has some limitations and one of the most obvious ones is: virtual objects can’t interact with the real world. I’m sorry but the previous statement should be in the past tense now, since researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have just recently developed a technology that lets virtual objects interact with real objects. The technology is called Interactive Dynamic Video (IDV). By using a traditional camera and some computer algorithms, IDV searches for subtle and invisible vibrations of an object, it then uses those vibrations to create images and videos that users could virtually interact with. This completely kills one of the biggest limitations of Augmented Reality and makes it possible for virtual objects to interact with real objects. This will have great applications in many fields including education, and especially those who study and or work in the engineering field.
If you still don’t get it watch this video and you’ll understand it better.
Written by: Osama Waheib