Monday, 1 October 2018

Nanotechnology demo using augmented reality

We recently went to the SWITCH technology conference to showcase the different nanomaterials that the chemists in the program make, but how do you show them to people if they are only a few tens of nanometres across. We came up with an augmented reality demo which uses the nyar4psg library in processing allowing for the 3D models of the nanostructures to be picked up and observed in a webcam. 

The business cards on which we printed the visual barcodes for the AR had the material description and link to the academic manuscript printed on the other side of the card. We also had a petri dish with the powder showing the actual material at the macroscale.

By clicking any button on the keyboard it would take a selfie allowing people to take selfies with the nanomaterials which was a lot of fun. Here are some of my favourites.