What is Augmented and Virtual Reality?

Augmented reality (AR), a capability that has been around for decades, has shifted from what was once seen as a gimmick to a tool with tremendous potential. The layering of information over 3D space produces a new experience of the world, sometimes referred to as “blended reality,” and is fueling the broader migration of computing from the desktop to the mobile device, bringing with it new expectations regarding access to information and new opportunities for learning. While the most prevalent uses of augmented reality so far have been in the consumer sector (for marketing, social engagement, amusement, or location-based information), new uses seem to emerge almost daily, as tools for creating new applications become even easier to use. A key characteristic of augmented reality is its ability to respond to user input, which confers significant potential for learning and assessment; with it, learners can construct new understanding based on interactions with virtual objects that bring underlying data to life. Dynamic processes, extensive datasets, and objects too large or too small to be manipulated can be brought into a learner’s personal space at a scale and in a form easy to understand and work with.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

Interesting use of this technology that will be beneficial in agriculture
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  • I see this as a high potential for Extension in conjunction with the massive amount of "publications." For example, you download a publication on low acid/pressure canning and you not only read the information but see images with of what is happening when canning. You can interact (put water amount in canner, etc.) It is more than a video.- joeyp joeyp Jun 5, 2016

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?- jeff.hino jeff.hino Jun 4, 2016Augmented Reality (AR) is rapidly becoming accessible through apps like Aurasma. The ability to add interaction to locations, objects and displays can bring a new dimension to Extension outreach products. Oregon State University Extension has begun experimenting with AR. A recent demonstration of an AR poster generated excitement--and several projects.

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