Teacher brings a great app to life
IT'S been a long time since teacher Paul Hamilton saw one of his students go up to a poster hanging in the classroom and actually look at it.
But he's hoping to change that with his Apple app using augmented reality technology.
The Matthew Flinders Anglican College teacher teamed up with global augmented reality company Aurasma.
This company has worked internationally with Marvel, Universal Studios and Dreamworks.
Science AR, was released worldwide on Thursday.
With the app, which costs $1.99 to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod devices, users can scan posters which will be available free to download and print from Mr Hamilton's website.
With a wi-fi connection, the Apple device can use its camera to scan the poster and bring to life 3D models, videos and scientific diagrams on screen.
The first two posters for download feature water cycles and the earth.
Mr Hamilton said he plans to release new free posters every month.
"It's pretty state-of-the-art," he said.
"iPads and mobile devices are really big in schools at the moment.
"I'm trying to tap into that market. I hope teachers can take these images and put them on homework sheets.
"That way kids can use their iPads at home to learn about these things.
"It is very different and would really get them involved." Mr Hamilton said it took him six months to come up with the idea and bring it together.
"I'm hoping the next poster will be a coastal one looking at environmental issues. I'll have pictures of the beach, hopefully off Mooloolaba. I'd like it to focus on erosion or something scientific involving looking after waterways.
Find the app and the posters at appsbypaulhamilton.com.