Augmented Reality Sandbox (Part Two)

Screen Shot 2018-04-07 at 8.37.50 PMAugmented reality has evolved by leaps and bounds since I first wrote about building an Augmented Reality Sandbox.  I held the solar system in my hand this week using the new Merge Cube

.I’m embarrassed to say that when I wrote my first post on the topic, I planned on following up with a second post about the process, but I forgot.

When I returned to the University of California Davis web page of Dr. Olivery Kreylos, I didn’t even recognize it.  The page had expanded and been updated.  It was clear to me that augmented reality has evolved!

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The web page now has an abundance of resources including guidance on hardware, software, calibration and my favorite, implementation.

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The facilitation guide is full of carefully crafted scope and sequence and suggestions for how to connect this to classrooms.  It is a treasure!

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The site has blueprints that you can download and use to construct your own as well as step-by-step instructions for how to set up and calibrate your PC.

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It almost feels silly to talk about how I constructed my AR Sandbox at this point.  I’ll share a few images of my set up and materials, but the resources on the site are by far more exhaustive and useful.

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As I reflect on having the AR Sandbox in my library now for two school years, I do have a few thoughts.  The first is that set up and calibration can be time-consuming and requires someone with basic comfort in PC set up.  Thankfully, I had a couple of folks who had this experience.  I’m on my own now and I look forward to utilizing the resources on the site to help me calibrate and tweak the settings.  The facilitation guide has some excellent ideas for how I can make this resource an even more meaningful component of our IDEA Lab.

Do you have an AR Sandbox? Do you want to have one?  What questions do you have for me about how we are using ours?  I look forward to your comments and questions!

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