Author Archives: mramirez

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Jisc Senior Innovation Developer - Futures

Research and Development at SIGGRAPH 2016

An exciting part of the SIGGRAPH 2016 conference was the experiential area allowing attendees the opportunity to interact with a range of emerging technologies – from Virtual/ Augmented Reality to haptics and immersive realities. Below are my top five picks, although I could easily have doubled the list. Automated Chair mover An innovative way of changing room layout using small … Read more

Enabling a sense of presence in Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality has emerged from the ashes of the early 90’s as a potential technology to revolutionise our everyday lives. However, some major challenges still exist, both technical and aesthetic, before this can happen. In a series of short blog posts I will examine the major flaws preventing VR from becoming a mainstream technology and propose possible solutions. … Read more

How wearable EEG trackers can impact education

The 1982 film Firefox revolves around a plot to steal a Russian fighter jet that can be controlled by thought. Who would have imagined that just over 30 years later, the technology for this sort of technology to become Science Fact would be so readily available. Even though wearables have been in the news for the past few years, the … Read more

5 take aways from SIGGRAPH 2015

The annual SIGGRAPH conference is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience in the latest computer graphics and interactive techniques including an exhibition, technical papers, industry talks and hands-on courses that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world and many thousand delegates. Having been recommended to attend by several 3D/VR/AR luminaries, it quickly surpassed my inflated expectations, leaving at … Read more

Thoughts on Apple acquiring Metaio

  Since the announcement of Apples acquisition of Metaio (http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/28/apple-metaio/) last Friday I have been onset with a number of thoughts – anger, dejection, pessimism and disbelief to name a few. But the overarching emotion, without wanting to sound dramatic, having existed inside the Metaio ecosystem for the past few years, is hope. Hope that … Read more

AR for Science Education Webinar References – 11th May 2015

For all attending the AR-Sci – AR for Science Education webinar, references and media can be found below. About the Delphi method: Hsu, C., & Sandford, B.A. (2007). The Delphi technique: Making sense of consensus. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation 12(10), 1-7McDermott J.H. et al. (1995). A Delphi survey to identify the components of a community pharmacy … Read more

AR in the City – Its finished!

We are delighted to announce that the learning resource developed in the AR in the City project is now available for use. The content (best viewed on iPads), developed in collaboration with the HEA, BSA, BSC and Jisc encourages the user to explore three fictitious parts of London; guided by a classroom activity to uncover correlations … Read more

Leeds College of Music AR Project

Over the past couple of months Jisc Mimas have been involved in leading the technical development of a new Augmented Reality resource around the music production studios in Leeds College of Music working with Craig Golding and Ruth Clark. It hopes to support students  working/studying in the music studios by displaying 3D visual overlays, technical documentation and other … Read more

Initial thoughts of wearables in Education

I have been fortunate enough over the last few weeks to get hold of a pair of Google Glass and do some initial research of potential use cases in education. As stated in previous posts, at present there are some serious limitations on their use in an AR capacity, probably the most worrying is that … Read more