Lesson 1: Learning About Augmented Reality.

What is Augmented Reality (AR)?

You may have seen it in before this lesson, or popularised in movies. When a series of computer generated virtual artefacts are created, and layered over the world around you? You’re watching augmented reality in action.

A short video on how augmented reality works, courtesy of Common Craft.

Where is it Used?

AR has a number of fantastic uses to help explain or add detail to the world around us. Currently it can be used in a number of fields, like art to bring a drawing to life, English to illustrate a story in real-time, maths to create cool interactive numbers games, and even daily life like seeing where a plane might be going as it flies overhead.

(From left to right) ColAR making a bird pop out of paper, Fetch Lunch for a fun maths sushi challenge, and Spacecraft 3D helping young scientists learn about Mars vehicles.

(From left to right) ColAR making a bird pop out of paper, Fetch Lunch for a fun maths sushi challenge, and Spacecraft 3D helping young scientists learn about Mars vehicles.

On top of these examples, here is a mindmap giving you a few good examples of not only what is out there as an AR app, but also what areas they are used in!

Mindmap showing a lot of different uses for AR technology, and some of the apps currently out there within them.

Mindmap showing a lot of different uses for AR technology, and some of the apps currently out there within them.

Activity – Time to play with a few examples!

Today you will get to enjoy 2 augmented reality apps to try out for yourself. Your teacher should have instructed you prior to the lesson to setup the following programs on your smart devices, and will now divide you into groups to play with it together. Try working it out and seeing what you can do with them. If you have any problems? Ask your teacher! Today’s apps are:

  • ColAR – This app allows you to print off a wide range of pictures, lets you colour them in, and animates in the colour you chose the image you coloured in! Your teacher should have a wide variety of printed out images to choose from. Get colouring then use your smart device with ColAR installed to bring it to life! (5 minutes)
  • Aurasma – An app that allows you to not only see AR? But create it! This app is probably the one to spend the most time, as you’ll be getting the chance to use it in lesson 3 for something special, your own augmented reality presentation! So get started in understanding the features it has and think how you might use them. (15 minutes)

    • How do you make an AR? Simple!

      1. Create some content you’d like to place over something, either a picture or video with Aurasma.
      2. Next choose where you’d like to have your content lay over, and identify this trigger area with the Aurasma app.
      3. Finally, link the trigger to the content you made, position it, and save!
How to create using Aurasma! Image courtesy of Macquarie University Wiki (Accessed 16/05/15).

How to create using Aurasma! Image courtesy of Macquarie University Wiki (Accessed 16/05/15).

After you’re done playing around with these great apps, it is time to go to https://studio.aurasma.com and sign-up for a username and to make your password. The Aurasma studio is where you will be able to upload your trigger images and content overlays, so that when combined anyone with the Aurasma app will be able to access your cool AR work on their smart devices!

For those looking to play with this before lesson 3, take a look at the video below that shows you just how you can successfully upload trigger images and overlay content to Aurasma Studio.

Aurasma video showing how to upload your trigger images and overlay content to Aurasma Studio.

Quiz Time

On your smart device go to https://app.gosoapbox.com/

Your code to enter is: 740-923-444

GoSoapBox sign in page with code required for the quiz.

GoSoapBox sign in page with code required for the quiz.

Head in, input your name, and answer the questions as best you can.

After that? You’re all done for lesson 1! Well done! See you tomorrow for the wide world of the human body in lesson 2.