CCBC First Community College to Use Augmented Reality Technology

CCBC First Community College to Use Augmented Reality Technology

Monaca, PA – As new technology emerges, the urge to create new and useful ways to incorporate it into the college experience becomes prevalent. While many technologies only create a buzz for a short time, augmented reality, which Wired magazine refers to as “live, direct or indirect, view of physical real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics, or GPS data,” has the ability to deliver content in an innovative way to students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the college.

Community College of Beaver County is at the forefront of this new technology, becoming the first community college to create an augmented reality application for use on its main campus in Center Township, PA. The College is using this technology to overlay video and graphics with buildings, directories, publications, and more. By doing so, the user is able to experience more content through the use of a mobile device (smartphone) or tablet.

CCBC’s application is available for free in the Android market and Apple store by searching for “Community College of Beaver County”. The application works by recognizing images, symbols, locations, and more in the real world through a smartphone’s camera, GPS, or internet connection. With this technology, users are able to use CCBC’s smartphone app to view hidden content, called auras, which is delivered in real time through video, animations, audio, and webpages. This includes such auras as picture slideshows and video content in our publications and building directories that are viewable before entering the building.

While the abilities of using technology on campus are still new, there are larger plans in store for how to use the application to create a more interactive classroom.

“The CCBC app allows students to interact with the College in a new way,” says Scot Rutledge, Graphic Specialist at CCBC. He continues, “This application really highlights the level of technology we offer on the campus and we are excited to expose Beaver County to new possibilities.”

Once the application is downloaded, a list of auras created by CCBC is available under “Super Auras.” To view the hidden content, users can either find these auras in the real world or look for the CCBC aura symbol on printed materials to view the extra content. To view the auras, select the application then point the device’s camera at the image or object as if taking a picture. When this is done, the application responds and triggers the image or object.

By downloading the CCBC app, users are also able to create their own auras that are shareable through email and social media. With this use of technology, the College is on the cutting-edge of creating new ways for students, employees, and the community to interact and share their experiences.

 

Note:An example of augmented reality technology is within the picture. To see the hidden content within the image, download the CCBC app through the Android market or Apple store by searching for “Community College of Beaver County.” Download the “CCBC Auras” application for free. Once the application is downloaded, select the application then point the device’s camera at the image as if taking a picture. When this is done, the application responds and triggers the image.