Virtual reality and Augmented Reality are of high interest to me, but I am still a little uncertain as to they can be used in the classroom. I have purchased a VR headset recently. I can place my iPhone into the headset, watch 360 degree videos and use “google card” apps to take virtual tours. But….. is AR just a fleeting gimmick or how can learning be enriched with this technology.
I received an email last week from Hisham Hosni of Livit Studios who, like many of us, firmly believes that education is the most important aspect of a child’s life. Their vision at Livit Studios is to use Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in delivering a better and more enjoyable educational experience for our children. Apple has officially supported AR on IOS, so that the iPhone and iPads are AR-Ready.
This week, their Kickstarter campaign was launched at Imagina Books The Human Body Augmented Reality Book certainly shows how AR/VR can make learning richer. It can be read on both android and IOS devices. The real value of VR and AR now comes to life as students can see exactly how parts of our human body work, not just through static images but through living, vibrant 3D views, where they can take a virtual tour of human organs and body parts. The book and app display the actual beating of the heart making for deeper understanding how the heart actually looks and works.
If you are interested in learning more, please visit their website, see the press kit and some pictures and videos showcasing the product at Imagina Books Press Kit. There is also a Facebook page and a Twitter account. This would make a great gift for my grandchildren!
Let’s hope there are many more products like this to aid in learning using VR/AR technology.