Last November 29th, we organized an event together with Smart 071 and the Honours Academy of Leiden University all about the applications of AR (Augmented Reality) in the workplace.
Students and professionals looked together for meaningful and feasible applications of AR in the participating organizations. This event was part of a new course given by Robin at the Leiden Honors Academy. The Augmented Reality & Human-Computer Collaboration discusses how Augmented Reality will influence our society and the future of work.
This blog post looks back at:
- our event about AR and the future of work
- the prototypes built by the students as their final projects
We’ll also tell you how you can participate as a professional or student next edition!
“Are people the robots of the future?” Won’t we become more and more stupid if we all start following instructions displayed on our AR goggles?” AR expert Sander Veenhof opened the afternoon in our home base PLNT with a number of tantalizing questions. The rest of the afternoon had a more uplifting tone: how can we make people more productive? Experts talked about their AR applications and experiences. Students and professionals from businesses, government, healthcare and educational institutions met and came up with useful applications of AR in the workplace. Michiel Knoester wrote a report of the day on the Leiden University website.
Afterward, the students chose the projects that most appealed to them. They worked in groups to develop working prototypes for the organization of their choice, putting the knowledge they gained during the course into practice. Sometimes, it turned out that Virtual Reality offered a better solution than Augmented Reality.
In a short time the following prototypes were built:
- Lab introduction through a virtual tour for mboRijnland
- Interactive 360 scenario initiating discussions on how to deal with someone on the autism spectrum. Collaboration with Villa Abel
- A context-specific language training in VR for DZB Leiden
- An AR-like app visualizing greenhouse sensor data with Paul Kengen
- A Virtual Reality visualization of the school of the future for Kennisnet Wietse van Bruggen
- A working interactive Oculus Quest app explaining the steps in complex chemical reactions
The students can be proud of what they have achieved in this short time. Hopefully, it doesn’t stop with prototypes! We look forward to the next edition of the course and event. A big thank you to all participants!
Do you want to enroll in this course? Keep an eye on the prospectus of Leiden University. Find a description of the course for the academic year 2019-2020 here.
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