Friday, March 10, 2017

Augmented Reality and 3D Modeling – A Programming-Free Approach!

Many makerspace activities encourage 3D interactive environments to include 3D modeling and AR (augmented reality) experiences, which layers an image from the real world over the digital world using a mobile device or webcam. The camera captures the real-world view, often using printed marker cards, and specialized software generates the augmented content. Benefits include the following.
  • Increased engagement
  • Providing easier mechanisms toward introducing complex concepts
  • Creation of authentic tasks and products

Create Your Own 3D Model

Students can create their own 3D models from any device using the apps, such as Tinkercad or 123D Design, which is available in the BISD App Catalog. 123D Design for education is a free application  used to create 3D objects and directly 3D print or fabricate the object. 123D Design is simple to use and offers students a variety of 3D designs to begin a project that can be altered. 123D Design also provides students a complete creative license, bringing geometry concepts and design thinking to life.

Engage with an AR Experience

Lifelique is a 3D learning app available on any device designed to provide deep learning science experiences. You can view 3D models and introduce students to scientific concepts with AR experiences. Lifelique includes a repository with over 1,000 scientific models.

Create an AR (Augmented Reality) With a 3D Model

Students and educators can now create their own AR experience using a free app, Aumentaty Author, which is accessible for registered users to download on a Windows PC or laptop. Users can import 3D models that they create in 123D Design or download from 3D model sites like and attach the model to a marker card. Next, teachers can print marker cards and enable the camera in  Aumentaty Viewer. Afterwards, users can view a 3D object on their device's screen. To learn more and view examples, visit Aumentaty website, which must be translated into English. This can be done by selecting the translate button, located in the top right hand corner in Google Chrome. 

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