Teaching nature sciences can be hard, especially for more abstract themes. Dáskalos makes learning fun and explorative again. Usable both for beginners and as an interactive reference book, it shows information about such diverse topics as platonic solids, optical lens systems, momentum conservation for pendulums, atom models with fusion, vector analysis and many more. The content is fully interactive and the interactions playful – and not boring and grey. The topics immediately become more tangible and easier to grasp, as they deal with spatial phenomenons that are hard to explain in books or static graphics. Knowledge can be transferred in a more direct way and is embedded in beautiful interactive models and systems which is one point badly missing from many AR applications today.
The submitted app is a preview of Dáskalos Chemistry, which shows the chemistry part of Dáskalos in action. Atoms and molecules can be observed in augmented reality together with the accompanying print/screen learning materials.
Dáskalos works both with tracking markers and without. The markers are provided with Teaching Materials, a sample is available here: http://prefrontalcortex.de/labs/daskalos/teachingSample.pdf. The Teaching Materials explain how the content can be used, what is shown, and provide additional textual information for the interactive models.
Hold the markers in front of the camera to interact with the atoms and molecules. If you remove a marker, the molecule will stay, allowing you to build your very own AR learning space in front of you. Also, you can drag the atoms around using the Moverio touchpad.
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