The Institute for Biocomputation and physics of complex systems (BIFI) designed the first laboratory of remote augmented reality in the world, who now works at the Institute of secondary education "The sugar" of Zaragoza and can access Internet other Spanish schools.

El Instituto de Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos de la Universidad de Zaragoza (BIFI) ha presentado una nueva herramienta didáctica: un laboratorio de realidad remota. Se trata de una forma diferente de aprender que une ficción con realidad. Así, tomando como inspiración la realidad virtual, el BIFI ha desarrollado un sistema en el que los conceptos del temario de Física de ESO, Bachillerato e incluso del primer curso del Grado de Física se materializan en el entorno. Se trata de un novedoso sistema pensado para que el alumnado de bachillerato y primeros cursos de la universidad puedan estudiar estos fenómenos físicos de manera más atractiva y asimilar mucho mejor conceptos que en ocasiones les pueden resultar complejos, ya que les permite aplicar a la realidad los conocimientos teóricos aprendidos en clase, ha explicado durante la puesta en marcha del proyecto Gonzalo Ruiz, del BIFI.

BIFI decided to promote this project after observing that this type of 'things' concern to many students who were visiting the facilities that now will be able to use from her own Institute via the internet. Compared to the systems of virtual reality video games or virtual physics laboratories in which reality does not play any kind of role, this prototype allows to view reality indirectly because it can be operated remotely. Does not need to be physically where is made the experiment but that it can be managed through a simulator of a web page.

The system consists of a web camera that captures all the movements of the three systems that have been installed: a pulley to analyze a free fall, a pendulum and a loading dock, then discharged in a web to be analyzed. The images are analyzed through a system called Colorimetry which calculates different parameters such as speed.

Control of the experiment from the learner is made via the website, where the real physical system is displayed and form superimposed simulation according to the parameters calculated by the student, who checks in this way in real time differences and failures in l I made calculations. "From the interface the student introduces the calculated parameters previously through the theory that is taught in the classes." Then, on the actual images that are captured through a web camera, virtual elements that behave according to calculations the student are drawn. In this way, that you can easily check whether the data are correct or not", said Gonzalo Ruiz.

Now only three students could use it simultaneously for ten minutes, although it has a reservation system if necessary that someone requires more time for the practice of the experiment. In this way, explained to Efe BIFI, Alfonso Tarancón, director student can realize whether understood or not the theoretical explanation, since the system compares the equation that has been introduced with a real movement and if it was wrong "obvious".

Three interconnected systems

BIFI wants to build three identical systems, the model that has been implanted at "La Azucarera" secondary school, another for the educational centre Juan de Lanuza and one to be installed in the Institute for Biocomputation and will be accessible, through a system of reserve, by others schools of teaching medias and researchers.

Now is in Spanish but the new systems will be incorporated them Basque and English language and is open to the possibility that the teacher or student can introduce new ideas and improve it.

En el ámbito de la Enseñanza, el BIFI trabaja en nuevos proyectos para trasladar a la práctica experimentos relacionados con la mecánica, las ondas, la óptica, como el paso de un rayo láser a través de un cristal o la descomposición de la luz a través de un prisma, ha destacado Tarancón.


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By • 29 May, 2012
• Section: Training, infrastructures, Augmented reality