With the release of iOS 11 Apple introduced several new exciting tools for developers. One of them is a new framework called the ARKit. ARKit is a set of tools that allow developers to create augmented reality experiences for iPhone and iPad. 3D digital objects and other information can be combined with the immediate environment. Learning how to use this set of tools enabled me to create several new apps for iPad.
The first project is titled Solar System AR. Once the app is launched, Solar System AR brings a 3D model of the Solar System right into a classroom or living room.
The sun and planets all rotate. The planets revolve around the sun and the earth’s moon is shown revolving around the earth. In addition, any planet can be selected using the slider. Once selected, the planet appears in the augmented view.
Detailed information about each planet is displayed icons on the left side of the screen are tapped.
The length of a day on any planet is shown when this icon is tapped.
Students can find out a planet’s distance from the sun by tapping this icon.
Tapping this icon results in a table showing the dimensions of the planets in miles and kilometers.
A table showing the mass of each planet is shown when this icon is tapped. Below is an example of one of the tables.
General information about the Solar System and specific information about each planet is available for students to read.
The Augmented Reality component of this app makes it very exciting for kids. It is kind of a magical experience to have the Solar System appear in the immediate environment. Students can walk around the room and move up close to any of the planets as they orbit the Sun. Using the slider students can select any planet to study more closely.
Launch your students into the technology of the future by introducing them to the Solar System using Augmented Reality.
The Solar System AR is available with a volume discount for educational institutions. The Solar System AR can be purchased worldwide exclusively through the Apple App Store. It also available through Apple’s volume purchase program. Schools get a significant discount when purchasing multiple copies of The Solar System AR. Contact Apple Education for more information about the volume purchase program. Please visit Ventura Educational Systems’ website for more information about this and other iOS and tvOS apps for education.
Other apps that use Augmented Reality are: