Tag Archives: AR Sandbox

AR Sandbox Forum has moved!!

If you have built or are considering  building an AR Sandbox, you’ve probably visited our support forum here on Lakeviz.org.  Since lakeviz.org isn’t solely dedicated to the AR Sandbox, the folks at KeckCAVES, who created the sandbox, want to create a resource website that’s solely about the sandbox.  As such, we are consolidating all things AR Sandbox to one place: https://arsandbox.ucdavis.edu/  The motivation for doing so is to sustain and grow the AR Sandbox community.
The growth is happening! We’ve seen a surprising number of AR Sandboxes, from all over the world. Almost every day someone lets us know about a new AR Sandbox, and we put them on the map at arsandbox.ucdavis.edu. There are now AR Sandboxes on every continent except Antarctica. The KeckCAVES team wants to continue developing AR Sandbox software: we want to hear how groups are using them, what they learn from their experiment, and what would make the AR Sandbox project even better, so that we can expand the capabilities of the AR Sandbox through new software releases. The move of the forum will help us keep the communications going.
If you click on the sandbox forum menu link here at lakeviz.org, you will automatically be directed to the new forum.  Your username/login should should still be valid at the new forum and all posts from last week on back can still be found at the new location.

Augmented Reality Sandbox Images Now in NSF Multimedia Gallery

There are 19 images in the series:  each image has a detailed description for what aspect of the sandbox experience the user is viewing .   The first image can be found here: http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=75573&from=mmg  

To view the rest of the images either click on the next image (the link to the next image can usually be found at the end of the 2nd or 3rd paragraph in the current image’s description).  Or, search for Augmented Reality Sandbox in the gallery’s search: http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_search.jsp

Lake Viz Projects and Team Members in the News!

Wired Magazine Features the Shaping Watersheds Exhibit
Wired Magazine wrote a wonderful piece on our Shaping Watersheds exhibit, a.k.a. the AR Sandbox. It highlights what we think is the strength of the exhibit: the whimsical simplicity of playing with sand while layering complex, computational information on top of it. Although our visitors see cool topographic lines, bright colors, and water flow, the seamless integration between the sand, Kinect, computer, and projector makes this exhibit a tour de force of computational sophistication and an imaginative user interface. This Augmented-Reality Sandbox Turns Dirt Into a UI

New York Times Interviews Geoff Schladow
The New York Times interviewed our own Geoff Schladow for a piece that addressed the ongoing controversy between Nevada, California, environmentalists, and real estate developers. Since Tahoe straddles the state line, California and Nevada form a legal compact to mitigate human activity and development on the lake’s health. Nevada finds itself in a hard place as a lack of tourist dollars from the last economic downturn aren’t coming back as anticipated. Many feel that the new compact, a compromise between all parties, will impact Tahoe’s health negatively and could lead to over-development. Dr. Schladow focused on the lake’s health and provided the piece’s notable quote: “The lake is going to do what the lake is going to do,” Mr. Schladow said. “The water flows where the wind and the currents move it, and it doesn’t know about a state line.” A Balancing Act Around Lake Tahoe