D. Rogalas - Visualising invisible


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Dimitrios Rogalas - Visualising the invisible in Science Centers and Museums

Scientix European Conference, 6-8 May 2011, Brussels

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D. Rogalas - Visualising invisible

  1. 1. Visualizing the Invisible is Science Centers and Museums Dr. Dimitrios Rogalas Lab of Microwaves and fibre optics National Technical University of Athens Museums of the past sought artifacts, museums of the future will show facts. Otto Neurath, Museums of the Future, Survey Graphic, 1933 Scientix B russels , 6-8 May 2011
  2. 2. Partnership Institute of Communication and Computer Systems National Technical University of Athens Universität Bayreuth Collaborative Virtual and Augmented Environments Fraunhofer Institute of Technology Research& Development Department Ellinogermaniki Agogi Intrasoft International Eugenides Foundation EKFE Chios ECSITE HEUREKA
  3. 3. <ul><li>Designing the classroom of </li></ul><ul><li>tomorrow </li></ul>The EXPLOAR project using Augmented Reality Technology (AR) to connect formal and informal learning environments Inspiring Science Learning in Science Museums and Centres by
  4. 4. Aims & Objectives <ul><li>Engage visitors of science museums & science centers in extended episodes of playful learning </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate lifelong learning by providing a free-choice learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>Provide pointers for future developments for curators & developers of digital technologies for museum learning </li></ul><ul><li>Create virtual learning communities of museum visitors </li></ul><ul><li>Raise the wider public’s interest and awareness in science </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The EXPLOAR system is designed to provide 3D graphics </li></ul><ul><li>superimposed on the user’s field of vision together with </li></ul><ul><li>other multimedia information, thus allowing to “extending” </li></ul><ul><li>the real exhibits with virtual objects. </li></ul>The EXPLOAR system
  6. 6. <ul><li>This is particularly powerful for visualizing complex concepts in physics </li></ul><ul><li>that are fundamental yet imperceptible (such as electric or magnetic </li></ul><ul><li>fields, forces, etc). </li></ul>The EXPLOAR system
  7. 7. Virtual Science Thematic Park (VSTP) <ul><li>Mobile Augmented Reality (AR) System </li></ul><ul><li>Possibility to: a) layer real objects with virtual ones </li></ul><ul><li>b) place information into real surroundings </li></ul><ul><li>The CONNECT Platform (CP) </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based application that enables the: </li></ul><ul><li>a) distribution of information and organization of educational activities (pre- & post visit activities) </li></ul><ul><li>b) coordination of educators, visitors and museum staff in the use of innovative technology </li></ul>
  9. 9. Visual Designer (VD) (authoring tool for AR Unit) <ul><li>The VD allows the educator to specify (through a collection </li></ul><ul><li>of rules) the visual augmentations the visitor can see with </li></ul><ul><li>the AR unit. </li></ul><ul><li>The visitor’s actions indicate to the system when to react. </li></ul><ul><li>The reactions are presentations of multimedia content </li></ul><ul><li>(images, sound, text, video or 3-D objects) </li></ul><ul><li>Additional conditions (statements) might be built such that </li></ul><ul><li>the AR unit presents the info when the condition is true </li></ul>
  10. 10. VD Interface
  11. 11. The EXPLOAR system
  12. 13. Scenarios of use Hot Air Balloon Laws of Friction
  13. 14. Scenarios of use Why do planes fly? Mobile Showcase exhibit Electro-magnetic Spectrum
  14. 15. The E/M spectrum
  15. 18. In Science Museums… EXPLOAR’s vision
  16. 20. AR system view example Theory – Technology – Pathways – AR adjustment - Exhibits
  17. 21. EXLOAR website www.ea.gr/ep/exploar
  18. 22. The project's vision <ul><li>We should point to a </li></ul><ul><li>hybrid classroom that </li></ul><ul><li>builds on the strengths of </li></ul><ul><li>formal and informal </li></ul><ul><li>teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>strategies in ways that can </li></ul><ul><li>support learning of all </li></ul><ul><li>students . </li></ul>
  19. 23. Steps Forward Science Centre to Go ! Exhibit Models for Schools