Augmented and virtual reality are often touted as the next big thing in education but there haven’t been many concrete examples to show the value the technologies could bring. Curiscope is looking to change that with their Virtuali-Tee: a t-shirt and app that gives users a window into the human body. The project just got started on Kickstarter and hopes to drive the imaginations of children and inspire them to learn through interaction.
Using an app for iOS or Android, users can peer into the torso of anyone wearing the t-shirt (yes it works for selfies). The 3D augmented reality looks amazing as the organs inside come to life but it’s not just an art project. Different organs can be labelled and interacted with so the user can learn more about human anatomy. Where it gets really exciting is the crossover between augmented and virtual reality.
The Virtuali-Tee app is compatible with VR devices like the Samsung Gear and Google Cardboard. This improves the augmented reality experience because you don’t need to look at someone through a phone like it’s a window. Instead, it feels like the t-shirt itself really is a portal into someone’s body. More importantly, interacting with the different organs can transport the user into different parts of the body using virtual reality. You want to learn more about the heart? Suddenly you’re looking around inside the heart with 360° vision. This could be a brilliant way to teach students human anatomy by literally showing them what’s going on inside their bodies. Torso anatomy is just the beginning and Curiscope want to take the technology further.
Curiscope are looking for £70,000 to make their awesome t-shirt a reality. The campaign just started and is currently sitting at £7,651. An early bird backing of £18 will get you a Virtuali-Tee but there are lots of interesting options including £40 for the t-shirt and a Google Cardboard headset.
You can see the t-shirt and app in action here:
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