Augmented Reality (AR) – The Future of Mobility?

Posted: July 25, 2009 in augmented reality, edushifts
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This blog is all about how mobile devices can be incorporated in classrooms today to help students learn.  In many ways, this blog is about the present as I’ve always looked to be as practical as possible to offer ideas for readers in incorporating this technology now. Recently I’ve been introduced to the concept of Augmented Reality (AR) and have been intreagued. According to Wikipedia, AR is:

” a field of computer research which deals with the combination of real-world and computer-generated data (virtual reality), where computer graphics objects are blended into real footage in real time.”

Below is a video demonstrating the possibility of AR:

Initially, I thought AR was a concept for the future and decided to wait before I began commenting on it.  However,  as I dug a bit deeper, I discovered that, to my surprise, AR apps could be coming to the iPhone as soon as September 2009 with the release of version 3.1 of the iPhone OS.  You can read more about that here. As a result, I decided to introduce the concept here for any of you who have yet to come across this concept. As AR unfolds, I’m sure it will become a hot topic of great interest in social circles, blogs and edublogs (especially this one).  In the meantime, take a look at the video below which provides a glimpse into what AR will mean beginning as soon as September, 2009.

  1. Hey Rob,

    Think of the use these will have as we go to edtech conferences!!! I can SEE the posibilities

  2. […] Reality is also coming to the iPhone in September 2009. Read the latest post from ‘The Mobile Learner’ to find out what this is and view a couple of examples. addthis_url = […]

  3. Raj Boora says:

    I think that AR really will be the killer app of the smartphone of the future. Through RFID/GPS and the camera/mic, the ability to get information about the immediate environment seems to be the logical progression from location bases SNS and “Local” services.

  4. tanushree says:

    This is the coolest and most sci-fiesque technology till now. Sadly, new technology today is being directed by gaming apps than actually utilitarian ones. The idea to use AR for education would be more than brilliant. Hoping that developers/institutions/enterprises will see the point.

    • I’m not sure it’s true that that developers are mainly developing gaming apps although there is a big market for that type of app. If we look at any app store right now, whether it be the iTunes App store or BlackBerry App World, there are significant numbers of non-gaming, ‘utilitarian” apps. Ultimately, through, developers will go where the money is. If the education system doesn’t put their collect $$ where their mouth is, we can’t expect developers to continue developing high quality apps for education.

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