As part of my VET Development Centre Specialist Scholarship I attended ARcamp 2.0 at the Inspire Centre at the University of Canberra from Monday 20 May to Tuesday 21 May 2013. This blog post provides an overview of the presentations and activities that I participated in throughout the second day of camp.
The work of Thomas Tucker
While not specifically working in the filed of AR, Thomas Tucker from Winston-Salem State University spoke about his work with high-end technology such as the FARO scanner and consumer-level technology such as the Kinect. We also got to play with FARO scanner and scan the INSPIRE centre and surrounding area.
Rob Fitzgerald spoke about the Agriculture Sector Linkages Program in Pakistan (ASLP2) that was co-developed by the University of Canberra and local communities and government in Pakistan. Although ASLP2 didn’t contain any AR experiences, Rob did discuss universal themes such as the importance of engaging and considering learners/intended audience/market/users during the design process and the role of technology in the solution.
Trak Lord from Metaio
Trak Lord (US Marketing and Communications) from Metaio Skyped into ARcamp to present examples of AR in education and also talk about what they are doing in the field of AR and the future of their product. Although it was treated as incidental amongst all the 3D dinosaurs, the 3D object/image recognition feature of the Metaio SDK that enabled the diagnostic/procedural instruction manual augment on the Mitsubishi air-conditioner was my personal highlight. This was the only practical, useful or vocational example of AR as a value-add or assistive tool in his suite of marketing videos.
Amber Standley presented two AR case studies that demonstrated possible implementations of AR. The first AR case study was a marker-based experience that allowed users to learn more about the University of Canberra’s emissions by scanning a poster. The user was then able to:
- identify and compare emission levels from buildings that make up the University of Canberra campus
- review past emission levels (performance)
- display weekly information on buildings with low emissions
- display discussions about each building.
The second AR case study was also a marker-based experience that allowed users to learn more about distinguished alumni from the University of Canberra by scanning photographs mounted in an engraved frame. Each photograph triggered a video which displayed biographical and additional information about each distinguished alumni.
Paul Krix provided a very general overview of creating a mobile AR app for iOS or Android with Unity and the Metaio SDK (SDK can be downloaded from the Metaio website). The MetaioMan featured in his presentation.