This was a more challenging article to get into. I had selected it several times and started viewing the matieral only to get overwhelmed, promise to come back to it and move on to something else. And I did keep coming back because even though I hardly understand it, AR is undeniably cool. This article touches on business applications of AR such as augmented business cards and allowing consumers to visualize the end result of a project. But I also think it has an important relevance to art. I still think of art as sculpture or brush applied to canvas and this is an antiquated notion- especially considering that films are hardly made without graphic enhancement any more. So the idea of augmented reality moving into a traditional art gallery is very interesting. It is odd to think that my children, as students, might have AR gear on their back-to-school lists rather than graphing calculators and loose leaf notebook paper. But it is not that far fetched either. A device that incorporates AR (for enhanced visualization) and Web X.0 (for data sharing and collaboration) for each student is not that hard to imagine. Distance, Reality, Electronic, Augmented, Mobile Learning (DREAM learning).
After reading Dr. Yuen’s blog entry and attended his section in 2011 Creating Future through Technology Conference about AR in education, I go crazy about AR. I am very interested in AR and would like to learn how to produce AR so I can use it in my class as an educational tool. Therefore, I kept asking Dr. Yuen to offer a class for AR or include AR in one of his class. Not too long after that I found out that he posted this link to a website offering a beginner’s guide to augmented reality in his blog. I got real excited about the site.
This site offers tutorial and articles introducing AR and how to create AR. I agree with Linda that this site can make the readers feel overwhelming. I saw different codes and got confuse. To be honest, I got a little scare and felt discourage to use AR in my class. However, after a while, I went back and read the web I found that I approached this site incorrectly. I believe I focused on the wrong thing. I should not focus on the code but each step the author guided me to do. I felt better this time even though things are still not that clear since I don’t have any knowledge of AS3 and class sheets. I figure it out that all I need to do is follow each step the author listed on the web. I may not completely understand it but I may get a grip of how AR is created. Maybe in the future, I could explore the basis knowledge of AS3 and class sheets so I can understand more about creating AR.
In conclusion, I believe that I have learned a great deal from this website. First, I have learned that learn to create AR is challenging but it is possible. I think I may get spoil from several Web 2.0 applications that very easy to use. Therefore, I expect AR to be the same. Second, it takes time and effort to learn and do things well. I believe it is good for me to face these challenges. Through trials and errors to learn about AR, I will become better teacher and learner.
After viewing the video about what Nokia is doing with AR I am very interested to see where this is going. As I have mentioned about previous articles ones like this has a geek factor of 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. However I do realize that this technology has a greater potential that just a toy or status symbol. Although, I am more than sure this will happen to an extent.
As far as having a place in the business world I think it would fit right in. It was mentioned about possible clients being able to see a finished product, or image a contractor taking a home owner to a plot of land putting on a pair of glasses and viewing the possibilities of what the new house would look like.
I think this whole concept is simple amazing and I want to know more about AR. Going beyond the physical hardware I am still a shaky on the technical aspect. Is it radio? Is it Bluetooth? Is it something new? Is there a central processing unit? Is it a mobile devise? I am just very curious.
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