Σ(゜д゜;) Another Astronomy TUI?!

Live Solar System (LSS)

http://www.springerlink.com/content/jnl0661772x14040/fulltext.pdf

What was done here is this team put together virtual reality and the concept of turning an object into an interactive device into one. Thus: Tangible Interaction in Learning Astronomy through Augmented Reality Book-Based Educational Tool.

It’s kind of interesting. Basically they turned a regular block unto a navigable space map. They used something called a “Tangible Augmented Reality” which can be navigated by turning the block. So if you want to go north, you flip the block on it’s side. Each side of the cube has a tag. The way a person moves the cube is supposed to be intuitive, so you can rotate it, pick it up, or put down the cube/block.

It also looks like there is a sheet, in which the solar system starts out in, and with the cube you can “pick up” a planet, or “place it”. Once a planet is “picked up” you can see some information about it. It seems like for now, the system is attached to a computer (probably to read the tags). There is also a way to be able to view videos with this system.

It seems interesting. I’m not really sure how I feel about it…. Hmmmm. I think, our Surface project will be cooler (haha!)

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