PSP’s have huge potential in education and for personalised learning. I’m going to write a series of posts on how they can be used sometime in the next few weeks.
The thing I had really been looking forward to seeing in action was the PSP being used as an augmented reality viewer. I new this was on the way and I have to say that the boys at ConnectED have delivered a fantastic product.
Augmented reality turns an augmented reality code
into 3D virtual objects. This has huge potential to be used in education. For BETT 2009 ConnectED ordered in some special
AR Code floor tiles! When I looked at the tiles through the PSP I could see (amongst
other things) a little dinosaur.
If your still struggling to understand what augmented reality is have a look at the picture below. The web cam is pointing at the AR code (this time printed on paper). But on the computer screen we can see 3D object appearing on top of the bit of paper with the code on it. If you rotate the paper - you rotate the image.
AR code can also hold animation, sound and can be relative to movements. For example one of the things that I saw on the ConnectED stand was AR code of a snake - as you moved the code closer to the webcam the snake moved forward to bite you!
I can see all sorts of possibilities for using augmented reality in the classroom not least its ability for the use of AR to help children understand the formation of geographical features such as waterfalls, ox-bow lakes and corries.
Let’s hope the AR viewer will soon also be easily available on other platforms, such as the iPhone.