This is amazing project could give us endless fun when we were kids (and to be honest, now too).
Imagine a sandbox with a Kinect sensor scanning it permanently to measure sand "elevation" when we build mountains and valleys.
A projector "draws" the elevation lines like in a topographic map and with some clever physics calculations add water flowing where you want just by extending your hand.
The creators enplan it more technically:
|We are primarily developing 3D visualization applications to teach earth science concepts, but we also built a hands-on exhibit combining a real sandbox, and virtual topography and water created using a closed loop of a Microsoft Kinect 3D camera, powerful simulation and visualization software, and a data projector. The resulting augmented reality (AR) sandbox allows users to create topography models by shaping real sand, which is then augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water. The system teaches geographic, geologic, and hydrologic concepts such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds, catchment areas, levees, etc.|
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