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Augmented Reality and Speech Therapy- Part One

Augmented Reality (AR) 

If you follow my blog, and I hope that you do, you have noticed that I have been playing around with Augmented Reality and using it in therapy. Wikipedia defines AR as :

“Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality. By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one.”

This territory isn’t new and if you follow Speech Techie’s  blog you can see he did a wonderful 8-part post on QR codes and their use in therapy.  In a recent post of mine I used a Spider-Man AR  app to have fun with clean up time and to Appdapt various flash card activities.  This leads me to a pretty awesome app called Aurasma (available for both the app store and google play). Aurasma was just featured in a TED Talk. If you didn’t catch it check it out:

As you can see the premise of Aurasma is fairly simple as you can turn any thing you see with a smart phone or tablet into AR and have a  picture/video overlayed live. I believe the potential uses of this app are endless and if you are a crafty app developer you can even take their API and include it in a therapy app. Hmmm… that really makes you think of how you can use this in therapy right??  Well have no fear I have come up with a few ideas for you!!





Not as tech savvy as me? Well stay tuned for Part 2 where I’ll be explaining the “how to” on making some basic AR using Aurasma. As always, I would love to hear some feedback! So please comment and post some questions if you have them!

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9 Responses

  1. Sanjeet says

    Reality. We shared our first ioctrateinn with Augmented Realitya0with youa0in February, which was a 3d smart grid complete with solar panels and wind turbines. Since then, Augmented Reality applications have been popping up like mad. Here’s a short list

  2. JConrad says

    Oh my goodness!!! This is beyond cool, cannot wait to check play around with this and use it in the speech room!

  3. Jodi Altringer says

    I am an Early Childhood Special Education teacher. Love this, thanks for sharing. I stayed up late last night and adapted the Brown Bear book with sign language so parents can see the signs for the colors and animals. What to do next? Thanks again.

  4. Dean Trout says

    This is totally cool!

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  5. Sean Sweeney says

    Great post- definitely a lot can be done with this app, I augmented a few picture books using it.

  6. Tracy says

    Nifty! I’m gonna have to check that app out! :)

  7. Cindy says

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing your amazing skills.