Name of the work: Augmented Reality Sandbox
Created by: Ninjaneer Studios (originally developed by UC Davis)
Where: The Pavilion at Sand Point Park
Imagine a sandbox with real sand. Imagine digging a simple hole in the sand, and then pushing the sand into a mound to create a “mountain”. Now, watch as colorful ‘rain’ pours down to create a lake! The AR Sandbox combines technology and innovation to enable you to transform an ordinary sandbox into a live digitally projected landscape.
Using the XBOX Kinect sensors to detect the topographical layout of the sandbox we project a virtual overlay which matches and enhances the surface of the sand. This reinterprets the elevations and depression you create in the sand and presents mountains and lakes in real-time, as you build, dig, and explore – even simulating rainfall sliding off the elevations and filling the depressions with water to create lakes and rivers.
We add kinect sensors and software, plus digital projection and human creativity all of which equals an irresistible opportunity to ‘play’ in the Augmented Reality Sandbox.
Here’s a version that UCLA put together: