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Jeremy McCreary

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Coolest thing EVER -- an "augmented reality sandbox"
« on: June 07, 2017, 11:58:14 PM »

This morning, the return leg of our Colorado-Utah road trip brought us to the Powerhouse Science Center in Durango, CO, near the SW corner of the state. There I got to play with coolest thing EVER -- an augmented reality sandbox like this one at UCLA...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE1B7tdGCw0

Hard-rock mining and smelting operations in Colorado were among the world's earliest adopters of AC electrical power. Tesla himself came here to oversee some of the installations. Much of the precious and base metal ore coming out of the San Juan Mountains during the Colorado gold (and silver and copper and zinc and lead) rush passed through the smelter in Durango, which as a result ended up with one of the world's earliest AC residential grids. The museum is housed in a beautifully preserved brick powerhouse from that era, ca. 1893. The coal came from the Four Corners area nearby.
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Re: Coolest thing EVER -- an "augmented reality sandbox"
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2017, 09:48:44 PM »

What? 

Wow!!!
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Re: Coolest thing EVER -- an "augmented reality sandbox"
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 01:10:37 AM »

If you are not a geologist or such, it's probably not THE coolest thing EVER, but it's still pretty cool!
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Re: Coolest thing EVER -- an "augmented reality sandbox"
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 03:14:44 PM »

hello jeremy!

i can't really get the feel of it: how do you make rain ?
it's just a 3D animation of the sand ?

tell us more

jim
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Re: Coolest thing EVER -- an "augmented reality sandbox"
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2017, 12:45:20 AM »

hello jeremy!

i can't really get the feel of it: how do you make rain ?
it's just a 3D animation of the sand ?

tell us more

jim
The sand is real but a projector paints the contour lines. It seems that if you hover your hand above it becomes a rain cloud  :-\
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Re: Coolest thing EVER -- an "augmented reality sandbox"
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2017, 01:06:40 AM »

ta0 has it right.
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