How Technology is Impacting Education...In a Good Way

 

Today’s students have been raised on digital devices—digital engagement is a part of their DNA. It seems like a “no-brainer “ that instructors, especially at the high school and advanced educational levels, should embrace digital technologies to facilitate more interaction with and by their students. The new digital learning opportunities available to students—such as hybrid courses, personalized instruction, and new collaboration tools—are driving a new class of education.

High School and Collage level youth are voracious consumers of digital content and are expected to understand and be able to create digital media, while demonstrating competencies and communicating ideas through digital storytelling, visualization and content management. In other words, by the time an individual reaches the high school and certainly the collage level, they are expected to be able to use, manipulate and curate all kinds of digital media and assets.

The makeSEA suite of tools for education provides a place for students to enhance their learning experience by providing the resources to store assets, track the evolution of designs and projects, collaborate with team members, and showcase individual or team projects. In addition, it can teach and reinforce the lost art of documentation.

The question is often posed about the effectiveness of digital learning in the classroom. Here are just a few of the reasons technology is improving education over all:

Technology has provided expanded access to education. 
With access to the internet, digital devices and new technologies, education is accessible to almost everyone, everywhere. Today, opportunities for online formal learning abound and personal enrichment and exploration is provided by everything from blog posts to video-conferencing, from Virtual Reality (VR) to Augmented Reality (AR). 

Technology is making it easier for teachers to create engaging, relevant instructional materials.
Instructors now have the opportunity to create all kinds of materials (from instructional videos to learning games) that can be shared online and in many cases enhanced and viewed using AR or VR technology. Content can be updated and refreshed on-the-fly to keep students current and always engaged.

Technology has expanded opportunities for communication and collaboration.
As a simple example, with the use of AR technology based tools, students in a classroom in the US can share and collaborate on a group project with students in another state or another country. Changes to the project can be made, documented and viewed in real time. Students have the ability to work with others no matter their location.

Technology is changing the role of teacher and student.
In a traditional classroom the teacher is the primary source of information. In the new era of learning, teachers can function more as a “guide” that encourages students to gather their own information on a topic and share with students in the classroom and with other individuals and teams no matter where they are located. Technology has encouraged more individual learning and exploration, keeping students more engaged.

As traditional education evolves, educators will adopt and adapt to new technologies that can enhance the learning environment. Students will also have to adapt, learning new skills along the way. More sophisticated and complex technologies will require a better way to track projects and store assets, as well as track project contributions and changes.

makeSEA can provide a set of tools to track the evolution of designs and projects across teams, classes, curriculums and disciplines including the Arts, Architecture, Health Sciences, Engineering, and Additive Manufacturing. AR is a part of the makeSEA for Education SaaS. If you’d like to see how makeSEA for Education can enhance your curriculum feel free to reach out to us for a free demo or trial.

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Easy Augmented Reality

makesea for Augmented Reality (AR) is a SaaS that supports a number of verticals and at the core is a content management platform that can be dressed for any experience from consumer branding to enterprise, industrial applications and even education.

makeSEA’s magic leap integration along with the content management functionality gives everyday businesses a platform for implementing AR into their business processes. Until now, creating 3D objects has been an obstacle for many businesses. Small to medium size businesses do not have access to the knowledge and skills or software expertise to produce viewable and engaging content nor do they have any idea how to implement AR for their business.

The makeSEA platform makes it easy to generate unique 3D visuals from existing files of any format and gives everyday businesses the ability to wow their customers, enhance their offerings and differentiate themselves from the competition.

Use the makeSEA platform to implement Augmented Reality for your business with:

  • No barriers to entry
  • No barriers to development
  • Automatically convert existing 3D content into AR content
  • Cost efficiency

makeSEA provides a workflow that instantaneously translates 3d print objects for visualization and converts FBX and glb files. What does this mean for your business? As an example, architects can show clients and contractors buildings and infrastructure at scale to check for right fit. And designs like 3d printed objects can be viewed before they go to print to check for problems in the designs. These are just two examples of cost saving measures achieved with AR technology.

With the makeSEA platform the tools provide what-you-see-is-what-you-get content publishing. Publishing content for the makeSEA AR platform is as easy as Upload, Publish, Collaborate.
 
Whatever your use case, call 800-803-1050 or CONTACT US to see how easy it is to get your business AR ready. We are enabling digital transformation for everyday business.

AR and 3D Printing Should be Part of Advanced Curriculums

makeSEA for Education provides a safe, secure environment for students to collaborate and iterate on 3D designs and projects. Our SaaS platform also offers a way to get started with Augmented Reality, converting your files automatically for use in the 3D visualization space.

Augmented Reality, visual reality, mixed reality, spatial computing, and now XR—whatever term you use to define the new technologies, it’s no secret they are changing the way students learn and interact in the classroom. Nowhere is this as evident as at the advanced technical or college level where disciplines including Architecture, Health Sciences, Engineering, and Additive Manufacturing, are incorporating the new tech into their curriculums. If the curriculum also includes 3D design and printing, students are prepped to face the job market confidently.

What I’m pointing out below is an over-simplified list of what today’s students will contend with in the future. If 3D design/printing and Augmented Reality aren’t already a part of a curriculum, they will be soon enough.

Let’s start with Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC). In the past an architect or engineer has been mired in paper-based  processes to bring the project stakeholders to the right decisions. With the introduction of 3D printing and AR visualization, students are being prepped to present clients with a 3D printed model of the project and then with the use of AR, walk the client through the future space so everyone gets a stake in refining the build.

Complex projects, such as a hospital or sports complex, are already benefiting from advanced design and visualization as clients engage with the architects and engineers to discover issues that could effect the future build. Issues such as space planning, placement of infrastructure and even the placement of the proposed build on a site can be addressed with visualization through AR and the use of 3D models. Students can study and analyze at scale, models of their designs in real-world environments. Visualization saves time and costly mistakes. This is the future of architecture and engineering and students familiar with the new technologies upon graduation have a leg up on the competition.

Many institutions of higher learning now offer Additive Manufacturing as a discipline. 3D design, 3D printing and AR are integral parts of this curriculum. As an example, 3D design and 3D printing are being used for prototyping of product line design and AR is being used as a tool to visualize those product changes in real time. With the use of AR, team members can collaborate on product design and make changes on-the-fly, regardless of their location.

Nowhere has AR and 3D printing had such an impact as it does in the study of health sciences (dental, nursing, pre-med). In the dental sector it is being used everyday to visualize, design and print 3D implants and dentures at a much lower cost than ever before. Large dental practices are employing the technologies of both 3D design and AR to produce bridges, implants, dental plates and corrective devices for patients in office, cutting down on time and costs to service patients.

AR is being used in Dr.’s offices, clinics and hospitals to provide explanations of new therapies to patients in real world environments. And Prosthetics are being designed, tested and produced for patients—everything from robotic hands to artificial limbs, ears, and even internal organs—using 3D design techniques and AR for visualization and fit.

Today's graduates will be better prepared for tomorrow's workplace if they are familiar with the new technologies already being used in many industries.

If you’d like to see how makeSEA for Education can enhance your curriculum feel free to reach out to us for a free demo or trial. Call 800-803-1050 or Contact Us today.

Using AR for EDU

 
 
 
It’s no secret that keeping the attention of today’s students is harder than ever. From grade school to college level, these students have been raised with exposure to rich technological advancements. Technologies such as smart-boards and e-textbooks, computer and tablet learning have all become part of the normal classroom experience. To keep today’s students engaged they need to be immersed in the experience, excited and challenged.  
 
While the classroom evolved over the last decade with the use of the above mentioned technology devices, Augmented Reality (AR) software and hardware advances were taking place. We’re now looking at a future where AR-enabled lessons can become an integral part of any classroom setting. To put this in perspective, in a survey of 900 developers conducted for XRDC in August of 2019, 33% of the respondents listed Education as a focus of their current/potential work in augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality.
 
3D Design and printing combined with AR for visualization is already available. High School level and many disciplines at the college level, including Additive Manufacturing, Health Sciences, the Arts, Architecture and Engineering, are problem solving and designing in 3D and printing to test results.
 
makeSEA for Education is a platform that provides a project collaboration space to keep track of evolving 3D designs and the communications between teams. It provides a private, secure place for individuals and teams to track design attribution and heritage, showcase their intellectual property, and learn the critical skill of producing quality documentation.
 
With the integration of Magic Leap technology the makeSEA for Education platform uses AR visualization tools as an interim step to 3-D printing to assist with design iterations. AR technology is included as part of the makeSEA platform for Education. Individuals and teams can collaborate with others and make changes to the design in real-time without multiple test prints. And with the use of AR and visualization students can save time, and institutions save on the costs and wasted materials associated with multiple test prints. A greater number of students can be served with fewer printers.
 
If you’d like to see how makeSEA for Education can enhance your 3D printing curriculum or lab feel free to reach out to us for a free demo or trial. Call 800-803-1050 or Contact Us today.

Some AR Stats to Think About

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If you think Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality is still just something to think about, think again! This technology is being used in everyday businesses across all industries to improve business processes in multiple ways. Companies are using it for everything from employee training to enhanced/shorter sales cycles. Architects and construction firms are communicating better with clients and the trades to catch design flaws before they become expensive issues. And companies of all sizes are using this technology to collaborate and communicate with remote teams.

Watch for the Curate App coming soon!

Until then enjoy this infographic with some statistics that could make you think twice about using AR for your business. If you are ready to talk or just have a question, call 800-803-1050 or Contact Us to see how easy it is to get your business AR ready. We are enabling digital transformation for everyday business.

A picture is worth a thousand words

Sometimes a picture IS worth a thousand words. makeSEA can get your firm AR ready.

Have you considered how Augmented reality (AR) could help your architecture or construction firm?

Augmented reality overlays a digital image (computer generated) of an object onto a real-world environment. Imagine the possibilities if you could enhance and share your vision with others.

If you are an architecture firm you can literally place a model of the proposed structure in your client’s hands.

  • Show clients proposed designs on their lot
  • Walk clients through interior spaces to catch requests for design changes
  • Help clients visualize the structure and understand the space before the build

If you are a construction firm augmented reality can be used beyond visualization.

  • Pick out design flaws when you walk through the model with the architect
  • Collaborate with the architect on changes that have to happen after construction review of plans
  • Provide a virtual vision of infrastructure components to the trades to prevent mistakes and problems before they occur

Want to explore the possibilities for your firm? Give us a call at 800-803-1050 or Contact Us.  We are enabling digital transformation for everyday business.

makeSEA selects Magic Leap as headset of choice

 

An estimated 75% of adults use glasses or some sort of vision correction, according to the Vision Council of America. But this is just one of the reasons makeSEA has chosen Magic Leap as the mixed reality goggles of choice.

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Collaborate with makeSEA Curate™ App

Legitimate use cases for Augmented Reality (AR) are many and varied. It can be used in so many industries to assist and improve workflow processes. AR gives an individual or a group the ability to view 3D elements on top of real-world environments through a headset, tablet or smartphone display for entertainment, education, training and enhanced productivity.

Analysts are predicting that AR and VR are disruptive technologies that will drive digital transformation for all economies in the future. According to Analytics Insight, the global AR market was valued at about $3.3B in 2015 and is predicted to reach $133B by the year 2021. This enormous increase is being fueled in part by one of the most compelling use cases for Augmented Reality in the business environment – the ability to collaborate with anyone, anywhere.

makeSEA has developed an application utilizing Augmented Reality and Magic Leap technology, that turns the space around you into a shared workspace. Collaborate with team members regardless of their location. View any 3D content in a mixed reality environment where you can share and collaborate on ideas and design, view videos, PowerPoint presentations and spreadsheets, and manipulate the appearance of objects on the fly. Visualize as if you were all in the same room.

The point of collaboration is to draw on each other’s strengths and face to face collaboration is a much better way to achieve this. Mitigate the issues associated with remote team communication with the makeSEA Curate™ that combines audio capabilities, avatars and a shared immersive experience in a mixed-reality setting for all participants regardless of their location.

Companies of all sizes that utilize remote workers are challenged with creating teams that work from many different locations. One of the issues surrounding the use of remote teams is the lack of direct personal presence. This sometimes leads to misunderstandings and a disconnect for remote team members. Effective collaboration helps teams bond and builds trust as people get to know one another’s thought processes and working styles. When individuals are able to build on each other’s ideas relationships can flourish. The makeSEA Curate App allows team members to interact in real time in a shared environment as if everyone were in the same room.

If you work with remote employees or teams we can help you work better! If you are ready to talk about improving your business processes, call 800-803-1050 or Contact Us to see how easy it is to get your business AR ready. We are enabling digital transformation for everyday business.

Augmented Reality for Manufacturing

Manufacturing may well be the vertical where Augmented Reality (AR) is currently being used and accepted most frequently. That’s not surprising if you consider that so much of the manufacturing process requires a lot of training, engineering and documentation. AR is already assisting production lines to create faster, more up-to-date processes that in the end lead to increased efficiencies and better ROI.

According to Statista, an online statistics and business intelligence platform, the use of AR in conjunction with VR in the manufacturing sector has grown from $5 billion in 2016 to $29.5 billion in 2019. Manufacturers and their employees are embracing the new technologies as evidenced in the 2018 IDC study of AR Use Cases. In that study, 82% of those surveyed responded positively to the use of AR in the manufacturing process.

We’ve already talked about training with the use of AR–and that’s still a large part of the manufacturing use case. According to the IDC May 2018 study, production line training is still the number one reason manufacturers are using AR and for the following reasons:

  • Increased efficiencies and safety
  • Improved training (hands-free) and easier knowledge transfer
  • Better collaboration
  • Easier remote training with lower travel costs
  • Up-to-date documentation

But there are other compelling reasons to adopt AR as part of the manufacturing process, including:

  • Greater team collaboration for product line planning
  • Assisting with product design
  • Faster, more economical product iteration for increased manufacturing efficiency and improved product quality

With the help of AR, product planning teams can address the aesthetics and functionality of a product. Designers, product engineers and other team members will have greater insight with a 3D visual of the proposed product. Multiple prototypes can be created virtually, viewed, tested and analyzed in real-time in real-world situations, from anywhere. The result is a product with improved design and optimized functionality created with fewer iterations–at a lower cost for a positive ROI.

Are you ready to talk about how AR can improve your business processes? Whatever your use case may be, call 800-803-1050 or Contact Us to see how easy it is to get your business AR ready. We are enabling digital transformation for everyday business.

Augmented Reality for Sales & Marketing

In the last blog we talked about the use of Augmented Reality (AR) and the real-world use cases, primarily pertaining to service related industries and industries with a service component, such as appliances, automobiles or electronic equipment. These industries are already adopting the use of AR as part of their training component for reasons that include:

  • Increased efficiency and safety
  • Improved training (hands-free) and knowledge transfer
  • Better collaboration
  • Easier remote training with lower travel costs

The IDC study of May 2018 also found that AR is being adopted for customer facing opportunities in Sales and Marketing. This is not surprising when you consider that most people have a more positive reaction to more engaging visual stimuli such as that provided by AR. In the past, sales involved a lot of brochures and paper catalogs. For companies that have adopted the new technology, products are being digitized as 3D assets and can be served up in AR via a tablet, a phone, or even through AR goggles.

This is a win for the sales people who can’t necessarily haul around or demonstrate the capabilities of large items but who can present that information for the items via AR. 62% of the respondents to the IDC survey chose "product demonstrations without the hassle of transporting the item" as their primary reason for using AR. Another 59% responded that placing a digital version of a product in a client’s environment and offering virtual customizations was an important tool for closing deals.

Not surprisingly, customers were also interested in the digitized instruction manuals offered with the product sales.

Sales people will adopt the best technologies to assist with the sales cycle, and in the May 2018 IDC study 65% of those who responded to the survey felt they saw a positive return on investment with the use of AR as a sales tool. More than half the respondents cited shorter sales cycles with customers being able to visualize the products remotely. Reduced travel costs on the part of the sales person also contributed to a positive ROI.

For those of you who are still skeptical about the validity of AR for business use, it’s beginning to look like a no-brainer. Maybe it’s time to get on the bandwagon and adopt the technology. We can assist with constructing a plan to incorporate AR into your business as well as provide help with your 3D content.

Whatever your use case may be, call 800-803-1050 or Contact Us to see how easy it is to get your business AR ready. We are enabling digital transformation for everyday business.

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