AR, which stands for Augmented Reality, and VR, which stands for Virtual Reality, are without a doubt the technologies of the future which are becoming increasingly immersed into our present day experiences. The idea behind these technologies is that it makes the task of imagining a world that is different from our current reality much easier, more realistic, and a lot of fun. Engineers are always thinking about how to solve the world’s problems, so join us as we learn about AR and VR technologies and how they are making a difference in our society!
Explore the fascinating world of AR/VR technology. These resources help you to learn all about this virtual world and how it works.
- Join us for an interview with Lola Awoniyi-Oteri, Principal Systems Research & Development Engineer, Qualcomm Wireless R&D Department, for the TryEngineering Tuesday Webinar on Extended Reality and 5G to learn more about the topic.
- Find out exactly what AR/VR are in this short video from GCF Learn Free.
- Have you thought about what it takes to create content for an AR program? Find out in this video from Reality School, which describes in more detail how AR works.
- Want to feel like you are miles away from where you actually are? How does VR work? Find out how in this video from MITK12Videos that describes how VR can make that happen.
- Learn about the Mobile Future of eXtended Reality in this presentation by Qualcomm Technologies
- Read more about how we can expect AR to be a part of surveillance in our society in this IEEE Spectrum article.
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Have fun and learn more about AR and VR by trying out some hands-on activities.
- Want to use AR to learn about things like the Statue of Liberty, the Coral Reefs, or Saturn V? Use this resource from Apple to download various apps on an iPad to bring these activities to life.
- Have fun completing a 3D glass activity with the TryEngineering Virtual Reality and Anaglyph Stereoscopic Technology lesson plan.
- Use AR to discover the solar system and the stars in our sky as if they are visible right within our atmosphere using the SkyMap app, available on Google Play.
- Use this intriguing AR app, Human Anatomy Atlas, available from Apple, for an interactive experience with three-dimensional representations of the human body.
Image Source: Google Play SkyMap app
Be Inspired by hearing how AR and VR technologies are making a difference in your peers’ lives, and even possibly in yours – now or in the future!
- Learn how AR and VR can offer capabilities for students with special needs in this Tech and Learning article.
- Learn how AR is helping autistic students “see” their emotions in this IEEE Spectrum article.
- As a classroom teacher, Jullia Suhyoung Lim came to realize that living with autism is simply just another approach to life. Still, she found that helping autistic students could be a challenge. Watch this video from ISTE on how she hopes to use AR to bring social transformation to autistic students.
- Check out how AR is used by Mattel to enhance the Hot Wheels consumer experience in this video from Engadget.
- Wonder what the work environment of the future could be? Check out this video from Meta Quest that demonstrates VR meeting spaces.
Have an idea on how to make a positive difference in your community? Be creative! Then share with the TryEngineering family to inspire others to do the same.
Image Source: IEEE Spectrum
- Write down at least one new thing that you learned about AR and VR.
- Think about how to inspire others and make a difference in your community.
- Have you, a family member, or teacher share your work on Facebook using #tryengineeringtuesday. We want to hear from you!
- If you tried any of the activities, make sure you download your IEEE Communications Society Badge. Collect them all and store them using this Badge collection tool.
Thank you to the IEEE Communications Society for making this TryEngineering Tuesday possible!