The 4th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia
Conference 12-15 December • Exhibition 13-15 December • Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Emerging Technologies

Micro Augmented Reality (AR) for Education: Using Metaphors for Familiar Actions

AR technology allows us to show things that we are unable to see with the naked eye (or without imagination). Humans have the ability to imagine (e.g. children envision a stone as a car for in play). From childhood on, we are able to enjoy more immersive and more creative pretend play using our ability to imagine. This ability is an important factor for learning and the discovery of new things in existing objects or environments. Our MicroAR tool uses a tangible interface to engage users in the augmented experience by exploiting this ability.
In this project, we propose a new mobile interaction to provide immersive and semantic browsing on paper using handhold magnification AR device and micro AR makers for educational use. A loupe is a hand-held magnification device that provides a peephole interface when used. A digital handheld device such as a mobile phone has a peephole interface as well. Studies have pointed out that a peephole can be used to stimulate curiosity, imagination, and exploration by allowing users access to only a small part of a larger universe. Here, we combine both of these peephole interfaces to facilitate the mobile interaction of browsing small interactive and immersive objects on paper.
We are looking to develop additional uses for our MicroAR tool, with the goal of creating educational applications that foster learning while providing engaging interactions. We are seeking feedback on our designs as applications for learning, and are also interested in new ideas that augment physical media with visual and auditory information. Our intention is to continue to test our theoretical assumptions and practical designs as we push on with the capabilities of augmented reality to support educational experiences.

Sueda Koh, National University of Singapore
Jian Gu, National University of Singapore
Shintaro Kitazawa, National University of Singapore
Henry Been-Lirn Duh, National University of Singapore