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Augmented Reality for Education

Augmented Reality (AR) has been around for some time and also has been labeled as a “gimmicky” technology. With a couple of new applications using AR, it is now being revisited again in the educational world. What exactly is AR? According to Wikipedia Augmented Reality is “ a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.” So AR is not VR (Virtual Reality) where everything you see and experience is not interacting in your own real environment and is computer generated. AR uses the real world around you and blends your perceptions of world with technology enhancements (be it 3D graphics or images or text) and overlays the technology on your real world environment. A good example of AR that many see is in sports. AR is used in football TV broadcasts. A yellow line is superimposed on the grass to show viewers where the first down marker is located. If you were a fan in the stands, you do not see the line since you are viewing the game in the real world and without a device that is projecting the AR object, the yellow line. AR helps us interact and digitally manipulate the real world around us. Continue reading