When I worked at Fraunhofer FIT a number of my colleagues were involved in the rather cool Science Centre To Go project. The idea is simple, but neat. Basically it’s to let people (in particular children) interact with mini versions of science exhibits though the use of augmented reality. One example is an aircraft wing, normally these are quite large and would not be movable let alone installable in a school. However with Science Centre to Go people can use a mini version to see the wing aerodynamics etc. Other examples include letting children gain a better understanding of the Doppler effect. Although the project is not so new now, it does show just how much fun and useful relatively basic augmented reality experiences can be.
For more information on the project please visit the website.
On 1st April the LiveCity project also formally started. This is an EC funded project that explores the use of Internet right-of-way technologies to deliver reliable interactive video to video connections. Our part of the project will focus on building an installation at venues in Luxembourg and Athens that will allow people in both cities to play a location-aware game. We hope to choose the game design from a competition entry which will be open to the public. The project itself will explore the use of such technologies in: city experiences, schools, eHealth and municipal services.
More news shortly and hopefully a link to the project website too.