Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Augmented reality

Had a good session today from Autonomy about one of their new products, Aurasma. It's an augmented reality product, which currently exists as an app on iPhone, iPad and some android devices. Basically you point your device at a trigger image, a photo in a magazine, a poster, even a real object, and your device produces content related to it. This can be a video, as in the Harry Potter image below, or a 3D image of a building from a 2D plan as in the image below.

Very impressive, and "auras" are easy to create. I could see lots of uses for it in teaching, instructional videos, navigation and just information transfer. We need to look at how we could use it.

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