Modern life thrives on innovation. Innovation fuels modern life, bringing solutions to all sorts of needs. Since Professor Tom Cauldell coined the term ‘augmented reality’ (AR) in the early 1990s, a greater understanding of how it can enhance our perception of the real world by using computers to converge real and virtual realities has emerged. But the history of AR is a bit like that of gravity: it had already been there until Isaac Newton gave it a name. Well, perhaps not quite. After all, AR needed computers to exist. It is argued that the makings of AR date back to 1901.
As with many technological advances, and through the use of QR codes, simulations and modeling, AR is providing enhanced learning experiences in a variety of areas. Many feel augmented reality is still in its early days. However, the Internet abounds with potential educational uses for it, particularly in architecture, art, commerce, industrial design, medical, to mention just a few.
Cauldell‘s insight into an enhanced use of technology came when he was trying to simplify an airliner manufacturing process in order to enhance the productivity of the operators.
Nowadays, many innovators in education are working hard to capitalise on it. If you would appreciate a guide to good practice, the JISC RSC London has invited Carl Smith, Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Technology Research Institute at London Metropolitan University to talk us through his approach to Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) and provide delegates with lots of opportunities for some hands-on. This is going to be a full-day event, packed with activities and information. You will also learn from each other, as there will be plenty of time to chat and network. Put the date on your diary – 14th November 2012 – and visit: http://bit.ly/Sg8MZf to book your space.