CliffsNotes AR 

augmented reality experience

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Working with Helios Interactive, I was given a prompt to explore the world of augmented reality. I chose to hone in on how augmented reality could improve education.

client

School Project 

duration

4 weeks

role

Individual Project, 
Research, Concepting, Sketching, Wireframing, Prototyping

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challenge

"How can I re-engage students and boost their interest in subjects that they find boring?"

School curriculums often include old English literature, and sparking interest in this subject is proving to be more and more difficult. People are fascinated with technology, so why not utilize a new, exciting piece of technology to spark their interest in topics they might find uninteresting.

users

With this project, I am primarily targeting high schoolers, with college students as a secondary audience. There is a huge market for study aids and guides for high schoolers, and the opportunity to help improve the learning experience is exponential.

background research

Going into a project where I had little knowledge of how the tech worked, I spent a large amount of time researching the Microsoft's HoloLens—it's inner workings, interaction models, and it's best use cases, as well as what company this could potentially be produced by.

Microsoft's HoloLens

A leader in mixed reality, this holographic device preserves your sense of your surroundings, while enticing you to engage with new and exciting digital content.

CliffsNotes

A widely used resource amongst students, with a mission to help students gain a deeper understanding of the subject they are studying.

goals & objectives

Introduce a rich engaging experience that promotes a deeper understanding

Give students a tool that will help them further engage with content that they would otherwise find dull.

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interaction model

I wanted to base this experience off of something that was familiar to the audience. I chose to look at pop-up books and visual ways to tell stories as inspiration.

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solution

While honoring the importance of reading, this experience is additive to a student’s study routine. Mapping a hologram scene of the story they just read in front of the student will make the content easier to digest, as well as provide meaningful interactions that allow the student to dig deeper if they choose.

Read & Scan

Relive the scene you just read. Students will be enabled to visually process the information they just read in a familiar, comfortable space.

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Character Analysis

Utilizing CliffsNotes already curated character analyses, students can refresh themselves on the characters at any time.

Pause & Bookmark

If you can’t finish a section in one sitting, it’s no problem. Similar to how a tangible bookmark would work, just pause the scene, mark your place, and come back to it when you’re ready.

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conclusion

This project was a fun way to experiment and problem solve for an exciting, emerging tech by exploring both AR interactions and the challenges that AR brings to the surface.

There were a lot of learning moments during this project. I tackled thinking about how a user would interact with the features all the way down to how I would present this project to a potential client who knew nothing about AR.

Working with Helios was a great experience. They provided helpful, thoughtful feedback along the whole process, and critiqued the final presentations acting as if they were the client. This experience was invaluable in experiencing questions that clients could potentially ask, and really challenging my communication skills. 

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