augmented reality

5 tools to leverage augmented reality

Augmented reality is becoming a highly relevant field of study as the technology expands

The University of Maryland also is home to the Virtual and Augmented Reality Laboratory, also known as the Augmentarium. The Augmentarium’s main technology is the highly popular Oculus Rift.

Augmented reality’s applications within learning could be limitless, because any concept with a special or physical component can be better understood through a student’s firsthand use of the technology, and would likely make learning even more interesting and exciting for most students, university representatives said.

Cogswell Polytechnical College has launched a new virtual reality and augmented reality certificate program, which addresses the development of content for both technologies.

The program is a six-course set of specialized classes that will be offered weekday evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of industry professionals. The certificate program provides professionals in the computer graphics industry the opportunity to join development teams that create virtual or augmented reality content.

Augmented reality tools include:

1. Layar

2. Aurasma

3. Blippbuilder

4. ARToolKit

5. Wikitude SDK

[Editor’s note: We have not reviewed the above tools.]

Laura Ascione