The Simple Idea behind This Mind-Blowing 3D Interactive Sandbox

Playing in the sandbox used to be my favorite activity as a small child. I remember making pretend volcanos, rivers, lakes,  and tunnels in the sand. Well, researchers at UC Davis have come up with a way to bring those imaginary landscapes to life with interactive 3D projection technology. The results are simply breath-taking!

When you were a kid, did your sandbox have active volcanoes?

This amazing interactive sandbox responds to your actions, and can be built at home using common-place technology.

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All it takes is a digital projector and a Kinect.

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The projector displays an interactive topographic map, with contour and elevation in real-time.

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You can make hills and valleys, and the computer changes the projection to match the landscape!

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Museums around the world are starting to create their own interactive sandboxes…

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It’s not only fun… it’s a great way to teach kids about geography!

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Watch the full demo video here… I can’t wait to try this!

If you want to make one of these at home, all it takes is a digital projector, a Microsoft Kinect, a sandbox, and some sand… Then download the software and instructions from UC Davis. I can’t wait to try this!

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