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Augmented Reality Sandbox from the University of California


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I remember when I was a child I loved playing in the sandbox, and I was lucky too, because my neighbor was a truck driver, who regularly filled the sandbox with the clean river sand. Probably, many of you remember the pleasure of playing with the sand (for example, it is so popular to build the sand castles and sculptures at the beach), therefore, the researchers at the University of California are not exception. Namely, they have created a high-tech sandbox, adding to the normal process of playing with the sand a little augmented reality.

The researchers have created a complex system using Kinect sensor, a projector and specialized software that was written specifically for this system. If you remember, the Sega and other game consoles that had a game like "Populos", where you elevated or lowered the land and developed your own civilization. This sandbox is very similar to the "Populos".

There is a special plastic scoop that can be used to remove or add some more sand, and the system immediately fills all excavations with the water or colors the elevations as we see them on the map, using the dark-brown color.

However, the sandbox is not just a toy. This complex system can be used in the scientific experiments, as well if can be useful to geologists, geographers, builders and other professionals. Moreover, this toy can be used in all sorts of museums dedicated to natural sciences. Here is how this system works.

Via engadget
Pirat 13 may 2012, 5:18
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