Ed-Media 2012 Paper and Poster Demonstration

Today (Wednesday 27 June) I presented a paper and poster at Ed-Media 2012 . Ed-media is a World Conference on Educational Media and Technology. It attracts teachers, eduction technologists, researchers and PhD students. The paper titled cARe – Creating Augmented Reality for Education, can be downloaded here. It describes the two cases that are being developed as part of the JISC funded Health cARe project, in further detail.

Link to the poster: Ed-Media 2012 Poster

This is the first time that I have given an in person demonstration to people outside of City University London, let alone to an international audience and to leaders in the field, including one of the conference’s keynote speaker! Overall the response was very positive and the inbuilt augmented reality demonstration created a buzz around it. Many were quick to discuss the pegagogic value and informally I was told that whilst people knew about Augmented Reality, this was the first time that they had seen the technology used in a method that would offer value.

Ed-Media Demo

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the session, people offered ideas and suggestions on post-it notes. There was interest in applying this technology in a variety of disciplines, including: medicine, e-service delivery/e-gov, maths, engineering. Some of the comments are listed below.

“Excellent poster. Definitely would use in my own pedagogical practice. I am a teacher/trainer so will incorporate this technological tool.”

” Very well done. Has many applications for a variety of presentation, especially for static content. Also the ability to capture the content for later viewing.”

“A very good example of AR technology built in relation to actual use cases.”

You can view the other comments by clicking on the image below:

For me, the opportunity to present, share and collaborate with peers was a valuable one. Furthermore, it has highlighted the relevance of this project on an international level.

 

STOP PRESS

After writing this post I was given an outstanding poster award for it!

 

Augmented Reality Summit

Although there is a reference to Education on the website’s banner the main focus of the Augmented Reality Summit http://www.augmentedrealitysummit.com/, was on the use of AR in marketing. This was evident in the conference programme, yet I was still keen to attend, in the hope that I would find out how up to date my own knowledge of AR, develop a different perspective and identify who some of the key players were. I also thought I might be able to make contacts/attract guest speakers to the AR in Education event that we will be running in October.

The event attracted somewhere in the region of 200 delegates.  There were a lot of examples of AR that I had read about but not explored, including; Audi, Lego, Lynx, Virgin, Bacardi, Pampers, Angry Birds, Harry Potter Book and many more.

Inevitably some of the highlights for me had no relation to marketing and included:

  • Sander Veenhof new media artist from the Netherlands, who shared with us some of his amazingly innovative projects, which included an augmented gallery and an AR dance. See http://sndrv.nl/ to find out more about Sandeer’s projects.
  • Julian Harris from Qualcomm spoke about their involvement in the Science Museum’s latest AR app staring James May. You can find out more details about this here: http://www.slashgear.com/james-may-science-stories-qualcomm-ar-app-hands-on-25224606/
  • Luke Robert Mason, Director of Virtual Futures and Researcher in Technology & Cyberculture gave a thought provoking talk, titled Perceptual Augmentation; AR For Future Humans. Luke spoke about enhancing our 5 senses through AR and highlighted examples of what goes wrong when we trust technology too much. Luke’s talk from the 2012 annual AR Event held in Santa Clara this year can be found here: http://youtu.be/qZzMGzNFeAg.

There was a lot of talk around:

  • Standards (or lack of …) – Many people don’t know what Augmented Reality is and there was mention about the need to change the name. Layar explained the decision to brand their new software Layar Creator, in a way that better explain what it does. Another issue with AR is that you don’t always know that its there, unlike QR codes, there is no universal marker. Furthermore there are a number of different AR browsers that you need to download to view an AR experience.
  • It needs to be more than a gimmick – there is little application to demonstrate the use of AR in a manner that offers any practical application. Tomo OHNO Founder, Kudan, Japan, asserted that it is unlikely that an AR app is used more than twice. http://www.kudan.eu/ AR is not “about technology” but instead it is about “enhancing objective and value” and “enabling new ideas”.

The following was also touched upon:

  • Security – who owns the digital space?
  • Are Head Mounted Displays and Contact Lenses the future?
  • The need to become more ‘cloud’ base

Despite the unfortunate hash tag – #arsummit (as some of my colleagues were keen to point out to me) was a very valuable event. It has inspired ideas for future AR projects and as a result I have invited speakers to the AR in education event.

Exploring AR at City University LDC Showcase

At the Learning Development Centre (LDC) showcase held on 1st February 2012 at City University London, I demoed a poster that identified how AR can be used for teaching and learning in the School of Health Sciences. The event was well attended and included both staff and students from different schools as well as central services.

Two interactive AR examples were shown.

Example 1 – AR Lungs (using marker technology)

Example 2 – AR Poster (using image recognition)

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