When figuring out what I wanted to do for an honors experience this semester, I was intrigued by taking a seminar and furthering my academic learning; with deciding which seminar to take, I wanted something which would be differing and distinct from my usual engineering class, but was something that related enough to my industry where I could actively engage and apply the class to my future in my life and career. I remember scrolling through the list of classes and being overwhemed - there were so may choices and none of them I was dying to take. I read over them a few more times and noticed I had skimmed over this one class called COMM3032: Communication and Augmented Reality. I was intrigued. Being in the Architecture, Engineeirng, and Construction(AEC) Industry through my major, mixed reality, especially virtually reality, is being very popular in displaying and exploring building possibilities and showcasing that to clients; its a whole new way to communicate design in a visual and understandable. So I signed up.
I didn't know what to expect the first day of classes. I took my seat in the middle of the classroom and listened as our professor went over the typical expectations of the course. He then started to lecture a bit more and go over what teaching this class and what role mixed reality has played in his life. He was so captivating and passionate about the course and I think that is what made me most excited.
Throughout the course there were three main ways we developed, explored, and study the incredibly broad topic of augmented reality in class; Lectures/presentations from the professor or a guest; in class discussions such as a debate or group collaborations; and hands on activity explorations such as playing with a Hololens, making an AR children's story book, collecting geofilter data from twitter, or playing Pokemon Go around campus. the course was so diverse in the way it was taught, which allowed the class to learn the subject to it full potential and beyond. In conjunction with in class studies, we also had out of class assignment which complimented the in class work. We had various readings and papers to complete to fulfill our understanding. Attached below is a sample of a research paper I wrote exploring out twitter geofilter mapping data collection through the AR Layar app, which analyzed the type of people which engaged with the AR add on in twitter. This work exemplifies a culmination of data collection we did as a class throughout the whole semester, and it is a more tangible sample of my work during this course since many of the activies done throguh that clas were lectures and discussions.
My greatest takeaway from this class was the endless possibilities for technology in the future, even if some of it is unknown and terrifying. I think the way media and science fiction is portrayed in the world is more so shown to thrill, entertain, and scare, which makes sense because for shows, movies, and books you want to thrill and draw in the most people to buy into your story line. However, growing technology in the future is inevitable, and while there will always be downsides, I believe that technology, especially AR, has the incredible power to enhance, change, and save lives through media/entertainment/gaming, the job industry, education, and medical research. There are so many possibilities with this up and coming tool and I think it can truly help lives, if developed and utilized properly.