Virtual Sandbox (Sim City Meets Augmented Reality)

A group of students at the National University of Singapore has developed an AR game similar to Sim City using VRML and ARToolKit.

Virtual Sandbox is an educational software targeted at kids between the ages of 4-6. It provides children with an interactive learning environment for the learning of English vocabulary. By combining the concepts of Sim City, Flash Cards and Augmented Reality technology, we demonstrate how the bene?ts of both tangible and non-tangible interactions can be merged to create a fun, game-like learning experience for young children.

As a University project it gets high marks.  The controls wouldn’t be suitable for an older age group since using a PlayStation or Wii controller is more natural to kids these days.  But the younger crowd is more willing to move things around with their hands.  These types of games will need to move to gesture based controls like the EyePet  if they want to be commercialized. 

 

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