"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" -Arthur C. Clarke, "Profiles of The Future", 1961 (Clarke's third law)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

AR and Learning

Yeah, I'm putting off the marketing and advertising potential of AR off, for as long as possible, so let's take a look at the educational possibilities with Augmented Reality.

I'm gonna go out on a limb, and say that having an AR device on you raises your potential for knowledge.

 Sorry..learning won't be that fast.

Okay, okay, maybe AR won't make you inherently smarter... but it can help you learn. Here's some existing examples of AR education, as it exists today:

The Barber of ARville: Air Hair.
Ever wanted to sculpt your art in the medium of human hair? Do you want to make your clients a human topiary garden? Well, you gotta start somewhere, and that old Barbie head in your closet ain't gonna "cut it".
Lo, and behold: AIR HAIR..

I'm surprised Air Gutiar hasn't been made, yet.

"Cut a little Deeper" - Virtual Surgery

 Because doctors are all practicing medicine, because nobody's perfected it.

"Fear is the Mind Killer" : Cockroach Phobia

"There is no spoon"
Okay, maybe roaches aren't your phobia, but with AR, you can confront your phobia of choice: clowns, heights, Ultra-Conservative Right Wing Republicans, whatever.

"Those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it" - Civil War AR

Because War can be a powerful learning tool.

"Whoa..I can fix cars!" BMW Auto Repair

Because if you've ever looked under the hood, you know you have to fight wire with wire.

"Whoa, puedo asesinatos única!" - Virtual Murder mysteries. "Mentira"

 Using a fictional murder case to immerse students in the real world environments, not the classroom.

Chalk up a C0deHex on this, and *poof*, it's Augmented.

Sure, all the above examples are specific, but the concepts and applications they give way to are near limitless.

As always, there's so much more out there. Go, and see!

Stay Augmented.

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