Augmented reality comes to the Learning Commons

The Newtonite

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Librarian Donna Jones demonstrates how to use augmented reality on an iPad.

by Samantha Libraty
Augmented Reality, a program that makes three-dimensional images appear active, was introduced to this school in early December, according to English teacher and librarian Kevin McGrath.
Senior Ben Hills introduced the technology to this school. He had been “following the development of the technology for a while” before he told McGrath about it, according to Hills.
Hills said that an augmented image “is overlaid with another image on your screen.” This creates a shifted, 3D portrayal on the screen.
To use this technology, one must purchase the application on his iPhone, iPad or Droid, according to McGrath. He said that the app “trains the camera eye on the target, recognizes the program and makes it appear.”
McGrath and Hills are assembling a team of students who will work on creating these images on their own, using the 3D creation software Blender. According to Hills, the team will try to augment images in the library. For example, when one holds his phone over a book, a review will pop up on his screen.