Probably, most of you have already heard about virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology.
And some of you already tried it.
So, after months of research we finished our project: augmented reality (AR) sandbox. In this post we would like to share some information with you.
Basically, it is a special camera, projector and our software. Players can interact with virtuality by their hands.
AR Sandbox - new product
The idea of that puzzle is to create your own landscape by your hands.
Inside the box (90*60*15cm, 35in*24in*6in) there is a sand (75kg, 165lbs). Above that box there are camera and projector.
By analysing landscape of the sand colours are changing, like on a geographical map (blue for water and green/red for land). Player can change the landscape by their hands, just playing with sand. If he make rather big pit, water will appear there. With special gestures player can «add» or «remove» water. Also he/she can pour water from one pit to another.
So, from the beginning with flat and green/yellow surface player create his own world with mountains, canyons, rivers and lakes.
Great for educational and entertainment purposes!
It is almost new trend: Edutainment.
Edutainment is the future of entertainment business
What is it?
Edutainment is the connection between entertainment and education. The interactive devices and mechanism that gives us a lot of fun and also experience and knowledge about the world and ourselves. There is much more joy, if you can discover for yourself science and test it by your own hands.
Isn’t is exciting to play with real world in a miniature, like a Gulliver?
This form is useful both for real education (in schools, colleges, universities) and like a game - in entertainment centres/corners, museums (like Tom Tit’s museum in Stockholm and Experimentanium in Moscow), kinder gardens, malls.
Future is now.
How can you use sandbox in your Escape room business?
It is cool to see the future, to think about it and dream… But what can we do NOW to make a step into?
Our sandbox is a good example of the first step. You can start testing this format right in your Escape room location. There are several ways to do so:
WOW-prop, as the end or start of Escape room (we can program a correct landscape, correct numbers of lakes and mountains or even they can draw smiley with help of relief). Interactive props are always players’ favourite! It is cool to touch, to feel, to build with your hands.
Attraction for Lobby/Reception zone. The best way to equip your welcome zone - clients will never forget your location from the beginning. Sand has anti-stress effect also=) No more angry customers!
Single Edutainment corner at your location. Sell tickets and attract new clients, earn more money on the same space. You may charge clients for 5-10-Xmin. game.
Simple scheme of AR technology (sandbox):
What is next? How do you see the future of industry?
This AR technology is new and very flexible and can be adopted according to any wishes: from entertainment to business purposes. Colors may be changed, we can add some objects inside water (fishes, for example) or onto the land. We can put additional grid (for some engineering tasks) and a lot of different «additions».
This is only the first post regarding AR technology, we will post new one very soon.
Let's make future together!