Check out the new Augmented Reality exhibit this summer in Ingram Planetarium’s Paul Dennis Science Hall. It’s free, and it’s amazing!
In technical jargon, Augmented Reality, or AR, is a live, direct, or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are enhanced by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, or graphics. As a result, AR enhances one’s perception of reality.
In non-technical terms, AR is just “really cool,” according to Charlie Griswold, age 11, a recent visitor to the Planetarium. Charlie is shown above with educator Maria Knapik. Maria is showing Charlie how AR can make lifelike 3-D images jump off a book’s page and appear on a handheld tablet computer. The images can be manually manipulated and are accompanied by an education soundtrack.
The Planetarium’s Galaxy Gift Shop sells AR Planets 3-D books and Learning Cards so visitors can take Augmented Reality home with them.
Check it out! There is no charge to visit the Paul Dennis Science Hall and experience Augmented Reality.