Augmented Reality in Learning

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There’s been some buzz around Augmented Reality applications that are starting to show up on the web. BMW, GE and Toyota already have this technology at work on their websites.

The video from BMW below shows an example where procedural knowledge is embedded within the objects and tools required for the procedure.

There are varied ways this type of technology could be used for learning; one immediate application is being able to embed sophisticated training content into the objects and environment. Users in the environment and using those objects will be able to access training/information as and when they need it, typically when they encounter and interact with the objects.

We found it really interesting that this uses Flash technology, and have decided to create an Augmented Reality application that focuses on learning. Given our expertise in Flash, we’ll have something to show very soon. Another aspect that impresses us is the maturity of Flash applications that are now showing up on the web. The ability to capture and process video, images and sounds using input devices will let Flash developers dream up even more sophisticated rich internet applications for the learning domain.

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