Augmented Reality on campus

There are many uses for Augmented Reality systems and applications already out there, but most I come across are for more generic “find a hotel” or “find a wifi spot”. These are great, but not really pushing the boundaries of what the technology can do.

I’ve read a little about how AR is being used in Education, which is good and I’ve spoken of these before – “Augmented Reality: does it have a place/future in education?”  and will continue to again as I find the links and research. But what about the other side of the education … not only in and out of the classroom, but to help the students around the Institution?

What about these ideas?

  • Student Orientation: What’s the worst part of being in a new place? For me it’s not knowing where anything is. You may have a room number, or even a building name, but where is that? If an Institution were to develop something that covered the whole campus (buildings, rooms, facilities, lecture theatres, etc) then the students could use it to find directions to the right place. You could use this to show the student how the campus used to look 10, 15 or even 20 years ago, as well as the history of the Institution and it’s previous staff and students?
  • Student Induction: Take the above one step further, the whole Induction process and programme could be incorporated (via QR Codes even?) into the app then the student could use the Induction programme to find their next session, the QR Code (placed outside the door to the /building room their about to enter?) to find out more about why they are there?
  • Library: Why not have an Augmented Reality app for the Library? Search online for the book/journal you want and AR can direct you to the floor and even to the exact shelf where the book or journal is? That would save some time, even more if it could tell you if the book was already out on loan.

These thoughts came about from watching this video on YouTube; created for the Junaio iPhone app, it worked in this example in the indoor 2010 Kiosk Europe Expo to guide visitors around and to help them decide where to go, and when.

If you know of somewhere that is already doing this then please let me know, I’d be happy to know that my thoughts and ideas were already being put into practice.

Also, if you’re interested in developing something like this I’d love to be involved in whatever capacity I could help with! Drop me a line or a comment below

  • http://enzosilva.com/blog Enzo

    Good ideas. A good take on AR is also the fact that collaboration in possible. Think users dropping and kicking up items on Gowalla, creating spots/information on Foursquate. This could be used in any are of knowledge.

    enzosilva.com/blog/2009/08/28/augmented-reality-and-learning/

    • http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk David Hopkins

      Enzo – Good ideas. My only comment would be that, and this is my personal preference, I would keep all aspects of it in the one application (i.e. not include 3rd party apps like FourSquare) purely because we would obviously be asking the students to download and install an app to enable this in the first place.

      All the best, David.

  • http://enzosilva.com/blog Enzo
  • http://enzosilva.com/blog enzo

    Sorry if my previois comments lacked clarity.
    What I meant was “imagine an AR app that contains features such as those but are meant to create layers of knowledge and interactivity.”

    Freshmen (or new employee) orientation, contextual learning, etc. All great possibilities.

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