Prof. Dr. Oleg Yavoruk of Yugra State University and fellow students Milan Ismagilov, Artem Lisimov and Evgeny Armyan have developed a study guide application featuring animated physical experiments imaging. Today, the inventors have held their AR/VR/MR (augmented/virtual/mixed reality) Lecturer Assistant App demonstration session using Spring Free Fall Monitoring Study Guide.

In the classroom, Dr. Yavoruk does not bar students from looking it up in their smartphones, he does encourage them to do so instead. Why is that?

– The technology is aimed at establishing a user-friendly environment for objects processing as if they were at hand. Our project concept is to create a visual study guide featuring 3D models and animated pictures to replace real-life physical experiments. With the application running and by pointing a mobile device camera at specific codes, students observe a certain process on the device screen, in particular, the fall of a spring being dropped down off a hand. According to the parameters given, such as person's height, students have to calculate the acceleration of spring fall or perform other calculations, – the student developers commented on the new app features.

The chief innovator is planning to extend the application functionality and show up in the classroom with his virtual reality goggles on, which are assumed to have a student face recognition feature, serving both as attendance record and academic progress report.

– At the moment we have many types of reasonably-priced AR- and VR-devices, so we have decided to apply them in the educational process, – Dr. Oleg Yavoruk told. – Our project is a multifaceted one. First off, we are about to develop a teacher and professor assistant for classroom studies. I deliver lectures on physics, that is why my applications are meant for physics teachers. Then we plan to develop an assistant for practical studies and seminars. Finally, our team is going to create books with training materials for student laboratory classes. AR-devices have a great future, as we intend to be helpful to physics faculty members.

Following the demo session, the students, wearing the VR-goggles as a part of their promotion and awareness-raising campaign, had a short walk along the university campus buildings, having made other passerby students turn heads with genuine interest and fascination.

English version by Azat Garipov.

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