What is Augmented Reality (AR)?
Augmented reality is the result of using technology to superimpose information — sounds, images and text — on the world we see. The popular mobile game “Pokemon Go,” is a great example of augmented reality in action. The game allows users to view the world around them through their smartphone cameras while projecting onscreen icons, scores, and Pokemon creatures, as overlays that make them seem as if they were right there in your real-life neighborhood.
Unlike Virtual Reality (VR), AR does not create entire artificial environments with a virtual one–it doesn’t place you in a Bolivian jungle surrounded by animals, for example. Instead, AR adds sounds, videos, or graphics to your existing environment–so you’ll be surrounded by jungle animals in your own living room!
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Mukwonago Community Library has it’s very own augmented reality sandbox. What’s that, you ask? An AR sandbox, first designed by researchers at the University of California, allows you to bring landscapes to life by simply molding sand by hand. The sand is augmented in real-time with an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water. Build mountains and lakes and learn how watersheds define where the simulated rainfall will flow.
If you’d like to see our AR sandbox for yourself, check our online calendar for upcoming programs and demonstrations. In the meantime, take a look at an example below: