We are playful with serious intent. There is often a thin line between fantasy and science.
Augmented reality blurs the line between what is real and what isn’t by enabling us to see what is possible in the context of what is current. Whether “possible” is the design you are working to, a model of the original asset or of a future desired state, you can see both incarnations within the same field of view and inspect them from every angle.
When we collaborate through play, quite often we achieve unexpected outcomes. Our sandbox might just look like fun, but not only does it facilitate greater engagement and garner new ideas, but it also presents a complex set of technological connections in a very compelling and simple way.
In this demonstration you can sculpt physical sand and see the topography reflected virtually in real time. Then, the surface model is sent to the cloud, and pulled down into two separate visualisation applications: A custom ESRI 3D scene displays the model in the context of the real world, and an Unreal application uses the model to dynamically update the landscape.
It's playful, it’s fun, it’s even surprisingly relaxing – but it is also serious in communicating new ideas and generating engagement. Come and play!