Education-Focused Augmented Reality Applications Drive Learning by Making the Invisible Visible

Although this news is as futuristic as it may sound, it is true. Fraunhofer CSE and the MAVA (Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators) are teaming up with a great purpose. They want to teach you how to build your own augmented reality application. On June 27th and 28th, MAVA is hosting an event for professionals from career and technical education - the "Connecting for Success Conference." In its turn, Fraunhofer CSE will be presenting augmented reality applications and other new visualization tools for building technology that combines virtual and real worlds, interactive in real time.

According to the representatives of Fraunhofer CSE, participants of the conference will have a unique ability to see a very simple method of creating augmented reality apps. They claim that students and vocational teachers will produce their own applications in a few simple steps. Therefore, using these visualization tools for building technology would be as simple as hiring an essay writer.

It is well understood that the use of augmented reality improves the user's immediate attachment to digital information. AR technologies can be used in a wide variety of areas: in healthcare for diagnosing patients and teaching students, in manufacturing for modeling and designing products, in commerce for promoting sales, etc. In addition to entertainment, AR applications will help you clearly and visually tell the user about complex things in simple language. The development of applications for smartphones with AR will become commonplace in the very near future. After all, augmented reality is able to bring mobile applications to a new level. It is unusual, convenient, and informative. Showcases, fitting rooms, and promotional stands are equipped with augmented reality functions. Advertising campaigns carried out using augmented reality technologies cause a wide resonance and, most importantly, effectively influence the target audience, form a lasting positive impression of a product or service.

The presentation of the information in 3D format guarantees the involvement of the student in the process of studying, especially if it is possible to disassemble the picture into layers. Augmented reality is one of the most promising mobile technologies. Google and Apple have big plans for it, and you're probably already using it without knowing it. On the basis of augmented reality work masks on Instagram, as well as the game Pokémon Go, the main feature of which is AR support.. Don't confuse augmented reality with virtual reality - these are different technologies. The difference lies in the fact that augmented reality is the imposition of digitized information on the real world.

Augmented reality (AR) is the principle of overlaying information or graphics over the visible world as viewed through a smartphone or similar device. To date, AR has been the stuff of games and advertisements, but we’re starting to see more applications that open the door for augmented reality as a platform for education, training, and (we think) for building technology and energy efficiency.

Consider the possibility of using AR for building audits or maintenance procedures. When real-time data is collected, AR technologies can be used to overlay this data on the devices it is being collected from. Direct overlays of design schematics may also help in troubleshooting, offering a more intuitive alternative to going back and forth between a 2D drawing and its three-dimensional counterpart.

Augmented Reality Display

Augmented reality can be used to showcase systems and technologies that would normally be invisible to the naked eye.

We will also be integrating AR functionality into our new Building Technology Showcase in Boston’s Innovation District. One major component of the new building will be its highly interactive lobby exhibit area, which uses state-of-the-art technology to give visitors an opportunity to see and learn about the energy-efficient systems in the building. By “making the invisible visible”, AR can serve as an important tool for our greater goal of driving public awareness of energy-saving technologies.

Will AR be able to grow from technological novelty to genuine information delivery platform? At Connecting for Success, you’ll have a chance to be the judge. Vocational education is very much about hands-on experiences, and as any Technical High School administrator can tell you, it’s “all about training for the jobs that don’t quite exist yet.” As David Ferreira, Executive Director at MAVA notes, “one of the successes of vocational technical education is the ability to meet the labor market demands of business and industry. Creating quality workforce development opportunities for emerging careers in our innovation economy is crucial to the economic stability of the Commonwealth. Graduates of vocational technical schools must be prepared with the cutting edge skills for the workplace of the future.”

Our goal is to get this tool in the hands of the next generation of building technology professionals and see what they come up with!

[Additional material by Gerrit Strack and Dan Kokonowski.]

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I manage the TechBridge program for Fraunhofer CSE, helping support the commercialization of early-stage clean energy technologies.
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  1. To anybody who’s interested, our MAVA presentation is now viewable online:

    http://prezi.com/dw33p1utusmc/augmented-reality-for-building-technology/

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