5 Projects College Students Are Doing To Embrace AR 

College Students AR projects

Augmented Reality may not have been known to our world for too long, but the rise in its use and the impact it has had on all disciplines of life have been fascinating to watch.

College students, who may very well be the most energetic creatures on Earth have been watching closely the progress of AR and it was only a matter of time before they decided to get their hands on AR and create some magical AR student projects.

At Augmania, we’ve been researching AR for years. We would like to celebrate college students who devoted their diligent efforts to creating special projects using AR. Some of the projects are super exciting hints at what the future holds,  while others we’re sure will serve as an inspiration to fellow content creators reading right now. So here goes:

1- Guiding Astronauts through Spacewalks

Earlier this year, NASA invited students from many universities to apply to its S.U.I.T.S Design Challenge program in which students would design and create space suit information displays within an AR environment. A team of different majors from Bradley University and MIT among other universities was ultimately selected to take the lead. The undergraduates said they couldn’t believe it when NASA asked for their help in developing the AR project.

But that didn’t overwhelm them or stop them from innovating throughout the project. Working on Microsoft’s HoloLens and using input from NASA astronauts, the students came up with many impressive features for the suit. One of them allows astronauts to read instructions and view important diagrams through their facemasks. And if astronauts needed a clear view, an AI assistant could provide them with all the information they need. The astronaut will eventually use The AR program to facilitate communication between them and the ground control as they take spacewalks.

2- Creating An AR Film

Stanford students, Max Korman, and Khoi Lee,  had been observing the proven positive effect AR had on areas such as education. Nevertheless, they wanted to experiment with the use of AR in a narrative so they decided to create the first-ever short film using AR as a medium: Snowbird.

Snowbird tells the story of a bird stuck in a snow globe with an old ill-tempered snowman. The movie debuted at the Stanford Immersive Media Conference to much praise from attendees. However,  anyone who wants to watch it now can simply download the Snowbird app and layer the snow globe over any flat surface to start the viewing experience.

3- Empathizing with High Schoolers

Kiwi is an AR app that makes learning easier for high school students. The School of Visual Arts and Columbia University students recalled how some high schools were lagging behind in terms of tech when they themselves were high schoolers.

They created Kiwi to be a weapon to all bored students. They can use whenever they want to learn in more engaging ways. As students scan their textbooks using Kiwi, they unlock videos and other forms of content that provide extra info. This can make topics more interesting and more fun to learn. The app also allows features such as note-taking and highlighting to encourage sharing among students. The app won the NYC Media Lab Verizon Challenge 2017 in the category of AR/MR.

4- Celebrating History

The Washington College Archives has a rich selection of artifacts from different chapters in the history of USA. Visiting the exhibition is a great opportunity to learn more about the country’s history and remember its past. The problem is with how busy their lives have become today. Some students of The Washington College didn’t find a journey to the Archives too engaging. It didn’t take the people in charge of the Archives long to figure out that solving this problem had to involve new tech. This is why they decided to use AR.

They then left it to a team of students who took it all from there in what they called The Augmented Archives Project. They developed an app that gives users a 3D model of the item scanned. This allows users to interact with it in any way they like. In addition, they added to the experience videos and text to educate them about the history of the item. Other than turning students into history experts, The Augmented Archives Project is also a signal to how students may interact with materials they are researching while working on papers and projects in the future.

5- Bringing Art to Life

In 2017, MIT students Julia Rue, Tara Lee, Jessie Wang, Emma DeSoto, and Iris Fung who used to enjoy doing art before joining college set on to resurrect their passion for art with a series of 200 foot long murals inside tunnels and invited all MIT students to join them in creating the murals; a project they dubbed The Borderline Murals.

The tunnels where the murals were painted had been used before for protection against bad weather. That’s why they were quite useful even if they were bland. The project leaders wanted to change that and make the tunnels a place people anticipate and enjoy going to. To make that happen, they believed that art was not enough so they integrated AR into the project.

Scanning the murals using the BorderlineAR app brought the murals to life. It also unlocked extra content to tell the stories of the murals. Addition of an AR element made the visit to the tunnels a much more engaging experience. This helped the project achieve its goal of increasing the art’s appreciation. 

If you are looking to create cool college projects yourself, sign-up to The Augmania AR platform here.

AR Business Cards: Why and How To Use Them

Business Cards

Business cards. At a particular time,  technology completely overruled them with online tools pushing people to give up using them to introduce themselves.

Is The Business Card Dead? 

However, the same technology that made them outdated once is now revolutionizing them through Augmented Reality (AR). People are no longer exchanging a mere card with a name on it anymore, but rather an entire experience.

Nevertheless, some people still can’t see why or how they should use AR business cards. This makes sense as it is still a very disruptive trend yet to become popular.

Business cards are making a strong comeback for sure; however, we can’t say the same about printing expenses.

In fact, with AR business cards, printing costs will be cut short. This is because the need for printing a vast number of cards will no longer be a necessity.

All you need is a few copies to share with your network and engage them with your augmented card. So, instead of spending a lot on printing, you can augment your card by making it part of an interactive AR experience effortlessly.

Not only will you wow your customers with your AR business card, but you will also have the opportunity to infuse more information into it. You can add videos of previous projects, pictures, audio tapes of past customers testimonies and much more.

Augmania Augmented business cards

Digging more into the reasons for using AR business cards, branding your products, and yourself should come as the top motivation.

Instead of having basic text on a small piece of card, people will now be able to explore your work in an outstanding method. Just imagine holding the card, scanning it with your phone and then suddenly having 3d animations pop up. It could be related to your product, or a cool animation showing off the great achievements you have accomplished.

Over and above leaving a great impression on people with the AR business cards, you will have the power to set aside competition by your original move.  After all, it shows a lot about your personality.

Animated 3d image of a man standing when scanning a business card
Source: Fiverr.com

 So the question now is how can you do that? How can you upgrade your business card and make it an interactive storytelling tool?

The answer is way more straightforward than what you might be imagining right now. The only challenging phase is probably with finding the right tool to do the AR magic. Luckily, we have that covered for you. Instead of wasting time and energy looking for the best AR platform to augment your business card, you can sign-up to Augmania here and achieve more with AR.

You will need to generate a QR code and put it on your card. Using the Augmania AR platform, you can add a different set of digital assets to be displayed when the code is scanned. You can even form a more interactive experience by asking your customers to engage with it. They can do that by taking a specific action like tapping on a picture or following a strong CTA leading to a URL link of your choice.

That’s it. Seriously. You now have a cool AR business card, and you are all set to hand it over to your network. You will enjoy watching their jaw drop while scanning the QR code. What’s even cooler is that you won’t have to make them download an app to engage with your AR card. It is effortless!

So are you ready to stand out from the competition with your awesome AR business card?

Sign-up to our Augmania AR platform and go the extra mile with your business card! If you are interested in the printing industry, here is a chance to get a free consultation on ways to leverage AR for print with Augmania’s Founder and CEO. Click here.