Description: Shaping Watersheds

The Shaping Watersheds Exhibit leverages the open play and exploration of a sandbox and allows visitors to explore how water interacts with a landscape to form lakes. We took a traditional sandbox one step further and married it with a Microsoft Kinect, which is a 3D camera, and a projector. We created an open, playful sandbox that allows visitors to shape the sand’s landscape while the Kinect tracks changes in the sand’s elevation The Kinect's data is sent to the computer and an overhead projector displays a virtual topography with corresponding elevation color gradient. As the visitor plays by changing the topography, she may place her hand above the landscape and make it virtually rain on the surface. The water flows realistically over the landscape and forms lakes in the basins. Funded through the National Science Foundation # 111463.

Source Information
Contact Name

Oliver Kreylos

Contact E-mail

okreylos@ucdavis.edu

Authoring Institution(s)

University of California, Davis, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley

Resource Begin

2012

Source Link

http://idav.ucdavis.edu/~okreylos/ResDev/SARndbox/

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AR Sandbox Main Page

The main page for getting started on the AR Sandbox.

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Software Installation Guide for the Sandbox

A guide to install and calibrate the AR Sandbox software.

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Shaping Watersheds Sandbox Software

The files required to install the AR Sandbox onto your Linux or Mac based pc.

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AR Sandbox Technical Help Forum

A community for asking technical questions about the AR Sandbox.

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AR Sandbox Blueprints
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Shaping Watersheds Facilitation Guide

Guide for docents who facilitate the Shaping Watersheds exhibit.
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The low-res graphic for the the Shaping Watersheds/AR Sandbox exhibit.
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Wired Article About Shaping Watersheds


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AR Sandbox Lets Rain Flow From Your Hands - NBC News


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AR Sandbox uses Kinect for real-time topography and simulated water - The Verge


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