Fun with augmented reality sandbox

Augmented reality
University students enjoying the Augmented Reality Sandbox

When given the opportunity to experience and have fun with the Department’s new Augmented Reality Sandbox, nobody thought to remind high school and university students that playing in sand is kids’ play.

The sandbox, equipped with computer and software, a 3-D camera and a projector, projects a real-time coloured topographic map with contour lines onto the sand surface.  By moving the sand surface, it changes the topography of the surface, and accordingly, the colours and contour lines.

The sandbox also allows virtual water, lava and snow to seemingly flow over the surface thereby providing countless simulated conditions.

Along with Landgate’s Google Liquid Galaxy, the sandbox proved to be a popular exhibit to help promote the science and study of geography and geographic information science at this year’s Career’s Expo.