The growing inventory of augmented reality apps filling the magic leap store seems to have gained momentum in recent months.
On Tuesday, the Magic Leap World Store has been expanded to include the Dinosaur Kit. The app offers the budding paleontologists a comprehensive educational path.
The app was developed by Kubold, a developer of game animator Jakub Kisiel, who has worked on major game titles such as Gears of War, Unreal Tournament III. and Infinity Blade II. The Dinosaur Kit, available as a free download, is quite simple for the time being, with only two skeleton models as a puzzle that users can put together. One is a Velociraptor and the other a Protoceratops.
First, the app uses your existing space, which has already been spatially assigned by the general Magic Leap system, and presents you with a presentation of the Decomposed tabletop-style dinosaur skeleton.
This is actually the only part of the experience where I was faced with some mistakes more than a few attempts to place the puzzle construct properly on the surface of my mapped room. After that, everything is very simple and surprisingly much fun.
You can work in two modes: complex or simple. The Complex mode lives up to its name, as the bones of the dinosaurs are broken down into unbelievably small pieces, which will probably take some time for most humans. The good news is that you can easily save your progress and later return to the backbone. In simple mode, you can skip the deep dip into paleontology and quickly assemble a small number of large bone components (each component producing a satisfactory haptic feedback on the controller when properly placed).
The reward for a competing skeleton puzzle is to observe how the skeleton in front of you is fully elaborated and transformed living dinosaurs. As the dinosaur moves and responds to your presence, the app's narrator reads background information about the dinosaur. It is a simple but effective demonstration of how Magical Leap 1 can be widely used for educational purposes.
The only thing on my wish list for this app is the ability to interact with your hands and fingers and a much greater variety of skeletal content. In fact, I would love to see this approach applied to human anatomy and give the user different levels of complexity while teaching the user how the human body works.
I've tried similar apps in VR, but there's something in AR that feels much more practical and less like a game. Translation: If you are looking for powerful data processing examples that can be used as an effective educational tool, this should be at the top of your list.