Exploration of Far Distant Lands Using the Power of Augmented Reality
Created by the Fossett Laboratory for Virtual Planetary Exploration at Washington University in St. Louis, the GeoXplorerapp for iOS and Android devices helps students understand the complex, three-dimensional nature of geologic structures. Rather than having to physically travel around the world to study specific geologic specimens, students can use GeoXplorer to browse thousands of 3D terrain models, learn about them, and view them in augmented reality just as they appear in the real world. Additionally, with the app’s natural gesture controls, students can rotate, resize, and manipulate the 3D models so they can easily “Xplore” small details. From Martian terrain samples collected by NASA to Devils Tower in Wyoming to rare hand samples too delicate to handle, the catalog of 3D models is constantly expanding. Cost: Free
When I was in fifth grade, I remember my teacher showing us pictures from his summer European travels. It was amazing to me to see such incredible structures like the Eiffel Tower and the Roman Colosseum. Our teacher did a wonderful job of sharing what these locations were like but I remember wishing I was there.
Since Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland debuted in 1865, the fantastical tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in an alternative universe has inspired countless retellings. From rabbit holes to mirrors, flamingoes to hedgehogs, Wonderland is the perfect world for virtual reality.