Augmented reality sandpit
Hopefully you left the sand on our stand while experimenting with future landscapes in our augmented reality (AR) sandpit!
First you created your own landscape in the sand. After playing in the sand, you were then prompted to make land-use decisions by adding or removing six different land-uses, creating an optimal landscape to create positive environmental and economic outputs. Once these decisions were final, you could see the impact your choices had on greenhouse gases, economic output, biodiversity and water quality.
How does it work?
The AR Sandpit was designed and programmed by UC Davis. It uses a computer projector and a Kinect 3D camera mounted above the sand. The Kinect detects the distance to the sand below, while a visualisation and elevation model with contour lines and a colour map are cast from the projector onto the surface of the sand. As visitors move the sand, the Kinect detects changes in the distance to the sands surface, and the project colours and contour lines update in real time.