Augmented Reality SANDBOX

Name of the work: Augmented Reality Sandbox

Created by: Ninjaneer Studios (originally developed by UC Davis)

Country: USA

Where:  The Pavilion at Sand Point Park

 

People love to play in the sand. This photo is from last year and this year's sandbox will be even bigger! Photo by Bill Ronat

People love to play in the sand. This photo is from Art and Algorithms 2015 and this year’s sandbox will be even bigger! Photo by Bill Ronat

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: