Graphic Design, Theatrical Movement Training, and Augmented Reality

While I was doing research for my role as graphic designer in the Augmented Reality group, one of the lab’s supervisors suggested the book Graphic Design: The New Basics to me. I looked through the book and found one section that stood out to me, a discussion of balance and rhythm. The piece in question examines the role of symmetry and asymmetry, rhythm and repetition, in graphic design. These words are very familiar to me because of my training in …

Past the Littlefield Fountain: Turning Missing Statues Into Teaching Opportunities

an image of former president of the confederate states of america jefferson davis ensnared in moving harnesses

Have you ever been planning a lesson, and the resource you’re looking for isn’t there? Maybe it’s a YouTube video you saw that would be perfect, maybe it’s just a simple handout. Either way, a missing resource can be extremely frustrating, especially if you didn’t have time to check the resource before the actual lesson (come on, you know this has happened to you). Now imagine this experience with something more substantial, say a statue. That would be the case …

Augmenting Our Realities

An image of the augmented-reality interface of Iron-Man's helmet.

Want your students to feel like Iron Man? Okay… our project isn’t able to do that (yet), but we’re excited to share our progress with you!

Cool Tools: TimeMapper

TimeMapper is a free and open source tool for building timemaps, visualizations in which every data point is mapped to both its temporal and geographic location.

Past the Littlefield Fountain: The Educational Value of the UT Confederate Statues

the american flag and the confederate flag flying at equal height. the confederate flag partially overlaps the american.

In my previous blog post, I started my exploration into some of the articles about the Confederate statues on the UT South Lawn. Specifically, I looked at “At the University of Texas, Echoes of its Confederate Past Reverberate in the Present” by Travis Knoll, a history PhD student at Duke. Knoll’s article can be found on  The Huffington Post’s website. Knoll’s article encourages its reader to “look past the Littlefield Fountain, that famous statue of WWI triumphalism, to a little-read but …

Between This and That Reality

A few weeks ago, my casual walk on campus suddenly turned into a police incident. As my colleague Deb Streusand recently wrote on our blog, we have been playing an augmented reality game called Ingress. It turns the entire world into a battle between two factions trying to conquer and control portals, which are based on actual physical locations. Like her, I have found Ingress addictive. My walks from campus to home now usually take three times as long, as …

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Seeing Past the Littlefield Fountain

side view of the Littlefield fountain, statue. the fountain is frozen midstream.

For my first individual blog post on my research into the six Confederate statues that line UT’s South Mall — as well as my research on similar projects at the University and how they both relate to current national controversies surrounding what the Confederate flag stands for, as well, more generally, race relations in the United States – it seems appropriate to open with an article by Travis Knoll, a history PhD student at Duke University who, as an undergraduate, wrote …

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How I Became Addicted to My Research

Map of Europe and Asia with green and blue triangles superimposed on it, showing the locations of Ingress control fields.

I’m addicted to Augmented Reality. Specifically, my obsession comes in the form of a game called Ingress. Ingress uses the GPS in your phone to locate you in relation to landmarks called portals, which are placed at points of interest all over the world. Your primary goal as you walk around the world is to take portals from the opposing team – you can be on team “Enlightened” or team “Resistance” – and link them together to create triangular fields …

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The World, But Better

A composite image showing the statue of George Washington at the top of UT's south mall on an iPhone screen. The Main Tower is in the backgound.

The Augmented Reality Research Group is excited to introduce our project for the fall 2015 semester. But first of all, what is augmented reality? Commonly abbreviated AR, it is indeed just what it sounds like: taking the real world around you and enhancing it with the digital world. One of the more common applications of augmented reality is to simply overlay information from the web onto a screen through which you are looking at the real world.