Virtual Sandbox: Sim City meets Augmented Reality

20 11 2009

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of updates. Things have been really busy this semester with school projects and all. School is done for the semester for me! Thankfully I have no exams.

Anywayz, here’s one of the projects I’ve been spending a lot of time working on with my group! It is an educational Augmented Reality software targeted at little 4-6 year old kids. Basically it is an interactive system where children can use cards to build their own virtual town and populate it with people, while at the same time learn English vocabulary.

Here’s a quick video demo of our project. Please bear with the education style used for the video as we had to submit this to our professor. ^^;;

Unfortunately I can’t share the videos from our user testing session with the children at the kindergarten. This is because of the provisions in the Child Rights laws in Singapore. Hence, those videos can’t be posted anywhere in the public domain.

How was the user testing?
We conducted the testing at a kindergarten for 2 hours, with 3 groups of 3 children each, ages 6. The children had a lot of fun and were very engaged with the system. They particularly enjoyed the process of building their own town while populating it with people from the occupations that match the places. They had so much fun it took us quite a bit of effort to get them to stop playing.

Here is a picture of the city the kids built!

Due to our limited video editing and recording skills, the video demo above is unable to portray the true nature, functions and elements of our project which the children experienced. We’ll be recording a more proper demo in January.

In the meantime, if you wish to see the videos from the user testing session, do drop me an e-mail and I’ll share the private link with you ^_^