Augmented Reality

Aurasma

Augmented Reality

It is the interaction of superimposed graphics, audio and other sense enhancements over a real-world environment that’s displayed in real-time. (Casella, 2009)

In simpler terms, "… it's a way to use technology to redefine space, and it places a virtual layer over the world" (Drell, 2012)

For this Discussion, I chose Aurasma. Aurasma is an app that allows you to view “auras”. An aura is defined as the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place. The word aura was the first thing that got my attention. I thought it pretty neat so I thought I’d check it out.

What did I like?

Aurasma gives you a minute tutorial that shows you how to use and perform the basic functions. If that’s not enough, they have video tutorials on YouTube that goes a little more in-depth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkYZHCRKJbo

A lot of times we judge things as we see them. We don’t think about the things that are not visible to the naked eye. However, with this app you can have the opportunity to look beyond, see beyond what’s in front of you. My phone froze while I was attempting to create my own aura. So I will be using this image from the app website:

http://www.aurasma.com/wp-content/uploads/Aurasmaband_newA.jpg

I recommend clicking on the link first and looking at the picture for a few seconds. Install the app (it takes a minute) and be amazed, I know I was.

Moving on, another great thing I found about this app is that it has a lot of user generated content. You need to follow channels to be able to see them. Here’s an example of user generated aura (scroll down until you get to the middle of the page):

http://mspanasays.com/aurasma-and-chatterpix-a-fun-way-to-bring-photos-to-life/

What I did not like?

There were a few issues things about the app that I found a little annoying. The first one is that you have to make sure that your camera is absolutely clean when scanning. If it has a smudge or if it’s blurry the app won’t scan the images and nothing will happen. Secondly, sometimes it freezes which usually occurs when you’re scanning the images or when you’re trying to create your own aura from scratch (I tried it on 3 different phones). Also, if you want to see auras created by other users, you would have to follow them on your device and click their link from there. Lastly, even if your camera is clean some of the images just won’t work. Also, I tried scanning auras created by Aurasma lite (for iphone,ipads,tablets) and they wouldn’t work on Android. Other than that, the app is great way to spend time and have lots of fun.

How can it be improved?

The only suggestions I can make are: fix the issue about exclusivity and fix the bug when you’re trying to create your own aura. Not everyone has an android phone and iphone/ipad/tablets. It’s usually one or the other. They should have a version that works on both.

Future of the App

There is certainly a potential for this app. I think it would function very well in Primary schools. I could work miracles in terms of getting and keeping the children’s attention and that could help with their learning.

Sources:

Casella, D. (2009, November 3). What is Augmented Reality (AR): Augmented Reality Defined, iPhone Augmented Reality Apps and Games and More. Digital Trends. Retrieved March 8, 2014, from http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/what-is-augme...

Drell, L. (2012, December 19). 7 Ways Augmented Reality Will Improve Your Life. Mashable. Retrieved March 7, 2014, from http://mashable.com/2012/12/19/augmented-reality-city/

Definition of aura in English:. (n.d.). aura: definition of aura in Oxford dictionary (British & World English). Retrieved March 9, 2014, from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/aura

Aurasma Studio Introduction - How to Create and Publish an Aura. (2012, December 21). YouTube. Retrieved March 9, 2014, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkYZHCRKJbo

Asavavatana, P. (2013, November 30). Aurasma and ChatterPix: A fun way to bring photos to life with augmented reality!. Ms Pana Says. Retrieved March 9, 2014, from http://mspanasays.com/aurasma-and-chatterpix-a-fu...

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