Tools to create content with augmented reality
These apps and websites help to easily create augmented reality content for use during classes, thus encouraging more immersive learning.
Augmented reality technology is being increasingly used in the classroom, where it is considered one of the most promising options thanks to its ability to achieve greater perception, interaction and learning by students.
If you want to create content that mixes real images with other virtual, you can use any of the tools to create content with augmented reality.
It has a studio accessible through its website to create augmented reality experiences. It has a large bank of 3D images that can be superimposed on the reality seen by the mobile device camera and with which you can interact. In addition, sounds can be added to complete the experience. The users of this tool have already created and shared with the community content such as quiz games on a specific topic, so all the content generated is collaborative and the applications for education are as broad as the imagination of each student or teacher.
Designed to create ‘treasure maps’ and interactive tours, this company has its own application for smartphones and tablets, as well as a web platform that allows the implementation of augmented reality along a tour. The images that appear through the use of a device with a camera and an Internet connection can be questions that must be answered, information about the object that is being targeted or missions that the player must complete. Aware of its possible educational use, it has a payment plan for schools, as well as for private companies, but you have the option of creating a private account for free, which, although it has fewer features, is a good way to discover the potential of this tool.
No computer skills are required to create virtual reality content with this tool. The editor of this program contains the main AR tools, including videos, audios, call to action buttons, images, texts or 3D models. The latter can be designed separately and easily uploaded to the platform. Users only have to scan the image to which the content will be anchored and upload to the platform the chosen format to be displayed on the screen of the mobile, tablet or webcam computer.
With it you can create content for virtual reality and for augmented reality that is visualized through your mobile app. It has a widget and a program that allows you to create different content easily. In the case of the AR, to be able to visualize it, a sticker with the image of a ray must be incorporated to the object to be scanned to obtain the extra information that has been ‘hidden’ there.
Suitable for teachers who do not have technical knowledge but want to introduce immersive technologies into the classroom. It’s as easy as downloading your Android app and registering on your platform. Once inside, you have to create a project in which you will choose an image to create the bookmark (which can be a card already created or an image chosen by the user) that will display the virtual reality content. Once chosen, you can choose videos, sounds or 3D images that the creator already has saved in his device so that they appear when the marker is in focus.
For Windows computers, it is easy to use: first import the 3D models created with other applications (Trimble Sketchup, Blender or Autodesk 3ds Max) or download them from collections such as those contained in the Google 3D Gallery. These models are then dragged over the classic marks in the program and automatically linked. And finally, you can view and share that content through the Aumentatity Viewer.
A platform that works through a free account and, as a curiosity, shows on its website the most popular works of the last weeks, which can be explored and used in our own classes. It can be used directly from the browser (no software needs to be installed on the computer), and the content created can be shared on social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Whatsapp, mail, etc.).
When creating augmented reality content, it works as easily as dragging out the interactive digital elements, which can include video clips, music, photo slideshows, full web pages, links to social networks…
Every image, object or place can have its own “aura”; this is what its creators call the experience of augmented reality. In the classroom, as they point out, teachers can create their own auras to add digital content to printed materials.
One of the most successful content creation platforms with augmented, virtual and mixed reality is Zappar, which, through ZapWorks, allows you to create your own content in a very simple and intuitive way. They even include a specific section for education, so that both teachers and students can take advantage of the possibilities of augmented reality in the classroom.
A company that is specifically dedicated to creating augmented reality content commercially, for businesses and other institutions, and also has its own platform with which you can create your augmented reality content and use it, for example, in class. In Blippar they also have an education section that will give us many clues and ideas to be able to apply this technology in the classroom.
Create your own apps with augmented reality through Appy Pie, a platform designed for all audiences that does not require technical or programming knowledge, and that will allow you to play with images, geolocation and the environment to add elements or the interactions you want. Appy Pie also has a program for students to develop their own apps with AR.
For the most advanced users with previous knowledge of programming and computing, Vuforia is one of the most successful platforms when it comes to creating apps with augmented reality content. Anything you can imagine you can create it through its SDK, compatible with both mobile devices (through apps) and other systems such as Microsoft’s Hololens.
… anything is possible. For the less technical but more skilled in the room, in Instructables they have a great tutorial designed to create your own augmented reality in the world around you. In just 5 steps you can learn how to create QR codes with the content you want and how to pass them to the mobile device in order to integrate an AR activity in your class.