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Web3D and Augmented Reality to support Engineering Education

Fotis Liarokapis, Nicholaos Mourkoussis, Martin White, Joseph Darcy, Maria Sifniotis, Panagiotis Petridis, Anirban Basu and Paul F. Lister

In: UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education (UICEE) journal of World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education

Year: 2004

Abstract: We present an educational application that allows users to interact with 3D web content using virtual and augmented reality (AR). This enables us to explore the potential benefits of Web3D and AR technologies in engineering education and learning. A lecturer’s traditional delivery can be enriched by viewing multimedia content locally or over the Internet, as well as in a table-top AR environment. The implemented framework is composed an XML data repository, an XML based communications server, and an XML based client visualisation application. In this paper we illustrate the architecture by configuring it to deliver multimedia content related to the teaching of mechanical engineering. We illustrate four mechanical engineering themes (machines, vehicles, platonic solids and tools) to demonstrate use of the system to support learning through Web3D.

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