Augmented Reality Apps

It’s funny in an organisation how sometimes the right hand does not always know what the left hand is doing. Our Standards team have been conducting the Emerging Technology Trials on behalf of the National VET E-learning Strategy, with one trial focusing on using the Augmented Reality (AR) app Layar.

This cool app allows you to hover a mobile device over an image or object that you taught it to recognise, and show an image, video or link to a website in response to that object. It works in similar ways to QR codes except that you no longer need the QR code. (Note that you might want to have them in some circumstances, as people are becoming used to them and automatically know what to do when they appear).

If you’d like to get more info on the trial, it’s called ‘Augmented Reality for Kitchen Orientation and Safety Procedures‘.

Now it also happens that we are looking at introducing an Augmented Reality application for our conVerge12 e-learning conference. A few of us have been looking at Aurasma, unaware of Layar. If you have any experience with either one of these apps, we’d welcome your opinion on Twitter! It seems that Aurasma recognises hand gestures, which makes our minds boggle even more at the possibilities for using this in training. Anyway we encourage you to have a play around with both and watch the demo video of Aurasma: