1. Pocket Tutor for iOS – the New Way to Learn Math
Pocket Tutor: Math was designed to help children learn math in a new way. Point your iPhone’s camera at the math problem, and the app will recognize the problem and show you, if your answer is right or wrong. This is the best and the fastest way to check yourself, it’s almost like having a math tutor with you all the time. You can also use “show correct answers” option, if you can’t solve a problem, or if you’re just too lazy.
To start using app just print the worksheets provided with the app. The creators of the app also provide learning tutorials that will help children learn math in a fun way.
The app currently supports only addition and subtraction, but more advanced math is to come in the near future. Pocket Tutor is a great example of how augmented reality can be used in education. It can help to engage students in their own learning by making this process fun with new technology.
2. Augmented Reality Can Help People with Color Vision Deficiencies
Did you know one in eight boys are color blind, while only one in thirty girls are color blind? So now there is free augmented reality app to help colorblind people to distinguish colors. At the same time it might be useful for designers, as it has colorblindness simulation mode, which can help us see as color deficient people see.
Enliven – Color Blind Aid is a free Android app developed by Deadly Apps. It has 6 different colorblindness modes to switch between; all of them are available colorblindness simulation mode and colorblindness aid mode.
Designers can simulate color deficiencies to see what a color deficient person would see when looking at interior designs, website designs, or game designs. Enliven can show a designer exactly what needs to be changed in a design to ensure that a colorblind audience will not be excluded.
Colorblind aid mode detects which colors cannot be distinguished by a person, based on selected type of deficiency, and uses special algorithm to create color overlay to show colorblind users what they are missing. For example someone who is red – green colorblind will now see a blue overlay on top of anything that is red, so they can tell the difference between red and green.
The app works in real time augmenting the live stream from phone’s camera. Now we’re waiting to see this app integrated into a pair of AR glasses. Integrated into AR glasses, this app could provide colorblind people continuous aid without having to hold their phone in their hands.
3. Arch Virtual Releases Architectural visualization app for Oculus Rift
This week, Arch Virtual released a new interactive, real-time architectural experience for the Panoptic Group, based out of Chicago, Illinois.
Arch Virtual used Unity3D – multiplatform game developing engine. The result is great interactive architectural visualization, which can be embedded in a website, or downloaded as a stand-alone application. But the most interesting is version that is compatible with Oculus Rift. It has also been made available for download.
The virtual application enables potential buyers of a real estate development project to explore the building before construction starts.
“The virtual model helped us sell this property much faster than we could have otherwise. It was very cost effective, and has proven to be a helpful marketing tool for our business,” said Roman Popovych, of Panoptic Group.
Using Oculus Rift brings it to a completely new level. This experience is far more immersive then just looking at building’s model on the computer screen. Can you imagine how cool it would be to use it with some brain–computer interface like Emotiv Insight?
Augmented Pixels (ex AR23D Studio) is also working on project for architertural visualization, which will support Oculus Rift. Follow the updates to be the first one to hear about the release.
4. Mercedes Is Testing Google Glass Integration
In-car navigation systems are invaluable ways to help you reach your destination. What if that same level of convenience helped you navigate after getting out of the car?
“Door-to-Door Navigation,” is just the latest in a string of high-tech pushes the automaker has made in the past few years. It started with Mercedes doubling its resources and employees at its Silicon Valley research center, which allowed the automaker to work on a thoroughly revised infotainment platform and develop one of the first comprehensive integrations of Apple’s iPhone into its entry level and youth-focused CLA.
Mercedes already has a working prototype of the technology and is working with Google to turn it into a reality. In its current iteration, you input an address into Glass at home. That information transfers to your in-car navigation when you get in your car and plug your phone in. Then, when you get out of the car, the navigation returns again to Glass so you can complete your journey.
Mercedes “Digital DriveStyle App” works only with iOS yet, as iOS is the dominant platform for Mercedes owners. Google doesn’t offer Glass support for the iPhone yet. So in order for the destination information to be sent from the car to Glass, Mercedes connects to its own cloud server between the iPhone and the embedded infotainment system.
Johann Jungwirth, Mercedes’ North American R&D President & CEO says that Android integration for Mercedes vehicles is coming in 2014 and makes it clear that Mercedes has every intention of integrating some form of Google Glass functionality into its future products.
5. The Hive / Gensler Multi Surface Experience
Global design firm, Gensler, and digital signage and interactive agency, The Hive, unveil an innovative augmented reality experience. Known as The Hive / Gensler Multi Surface Experience, the installation is designed to engage and inform visitors to Gensler’s award-winning downtown Los Angeles office. We’ve seen touch-friendly tables before, but they’re rarely so slick as the Multi Surface Experience.
The installation lets guests explore Gensler’s architectural portfolio just by walking up to a wavy table. An overhead projector, Kinect for Windows and special software present an interface wherever people stand; when users choose to learn more about a project, it pops up on a wall-mounted 4K display. An interface appears on the table allowing visitors to use movements such as hand motions to digitally explore the content of Gensler’s urban architecture and modern cities monograph. The installation enhances each object with a new layer of digital content, and adds new context to the contents of the book.
The Hive/Gensler Multi Surface Experience was built by The Hive using the latest products from technology partners Canon, Planar and YCD Multimedia.
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