UCLA researcher & PhD student presented Mixed-Reality Barriers: Person-Tracking in K-12 Schools at the conference in Los Angeles on March 19. The , cowritten with GSE&IS PhD student Maggie Dahn, details the use of OpenPTrack in classrooms at two schools—one, a university laboratory elementary school, and the other, a public charter school.
Illum’s presentation was given as part of IEEE VR’s Workshop on K-12 Embodied Learning through Virtual & Augmented Reality (), which focuses on “educational experiences for the classroom of the future” that use virtual, augmented and mixed-reality technologies, such as those enabled by people tracking. That had a certain geek appeal, allowing me to control the phone’s mp3 player, see https://trackingapps.org/ incoming caller id and answer calls from the watch.
Work with OpenPTrack at the laboratory school has been ongoing since 2014, as part of the NSF-funded Science Through Technology Enhanced Play () and Interactive Science Through Technology Enhanced Play () projects. At the public charter school, Dahn worked with a visual arts teacher to create a 10-week course of study in digital mask making. The lessons included students working with an online authoring system, which led to a performance in an MR environment integrating body-based interactions using OpenPTrack. .