Design studio Knol Ontwerp, is carrying out a research to find out how the classrooms of the future will be like. The experiment has been named Pencil vs. Pixel and is separated into different phases starting from analog and continuing till digital. The second phase of the project was visualized as a special sculptural, real-time multi-user AR interface which was developed in ExtendR. With this platform, students add an augmented reality layer to the physical architecture, thereby building a new environment for playing as well as learning. So what will the experience be like?
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Using AR Interface
The functions of the AR markers are pre-defined and the students interact with them to generate different materials and objects in space. As the objects are developed in AR, they can be manipulated using simple hand gestures or by putting them on different markers. The markers can be placed anywhere as they are portable and you can change the shape of the space into a live installation as per your choice.
ExtendR- What does it Consist Of?
The platform consists of an instinctive web-based CMS and the ExtendR app. Different functions of the markers like animators, generators, texturizers and more are defined using the CMS. Apart from that, users will also be able to upload 3D models, images, videos and audio that creates the augmented space. Different modulations and animations can further enhance the experience.
Multiple file uploads, real-time sockets connection, multi-user asset management, personalized trackers, powerful search functions, etc. are some of the advanced features of ExtendR. With the same markers, you will be able to develop and test many individual projects. ExtendR uses a LAMP platform with a node.js server in parallel, for real-time interactions. The primary AR browser is the ExtendR app. The app is available on Android and iOS for tablets and mobile phones.
The Pencil vs. Pixel experiment was carried out by students of Saint Lucas at MU Eindhoven art space. Knol Ontwerp collaborated with AugmentNL for the augmented reality part and to create the art space.
So, this AR experience could give us an indication about what education would be like in the future.
What about you?
What’s your take on this? Do you see education changing in the future due to AR? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Image Source – knol-ontwerp.nl
Article Source – augmentnl.com