Dutch Vr/Ar App Helps Ukrainian Children Recognize Mines
The Dutch start-up Fectar has developed an application that helps Ukrainian children learn to recognize mines, among other things. This first interactive augmented reality (AR) lesson with a hologram was created for explosives education. The lesson stems from a question that military man Charles Valentine asked himself, “How can we help the Ukrainian people to demine their land when 30% of the ordnance round has not exploded but is still there?”
Valentine, a soldier in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal – EOD, wrote an article on social media about the war in Ukraine*. In it, he called for help to identify and clean up the country’s munitions. “About 30% of the ammunition shot does not explode but is still in the country. With great danger to the population.” In his search for a solution, he came across Fectar, a Dutch Metaverse creator platform for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). He discovered the potential of this Dutch startup’s AR/VR application and built an interactive 3D lesson to recognize mines. A life-saving learning tool for children in war zones.
Education in Ukraine
The goal is to reach at least 15,000 ambassadors with the virtual lesson for demining. The Ukrainian organization “Terra Pyra”** will roll out the training of the lesson throughout Ukraine. They will use community centers and online training to introduce residents and their children to how AR works on their phones. The free Fectar app is specially designed to provide a full-fledged Augmented Reality experience even on older smartphones with slow internet connections.
Learn like in the real world
This is the first AR lesson used to explain the dangers of unexploded ordnance. It shows 3D models of different types of ammunition. In the lesson, children learn, for example, what a mine looks like in real life and that it is dangerous to pick up a mine. This AR technology contributes to a better learning experience. Unlike VR, where users enter a completely digital world, AR users see the real world around them where digital information and 3D models are overlaid on situations. In the process, a hologram of a Ukrainian teacher keeps looking at the user, providing contact with users and thus enabling education. During use, the application measures the learning process and training can be adjusted.
AR provides a safe learning environment, leading to better understanding
AR not only allows students to absorb their learning better and faster, but it also enables them to learn more naturally and intuitively. Traditional education is more passively designed and uses abstract concepts and hard-to-understand theories, but through AR, children find themselves in “real life” situations that they can interactively recognize or explore. This accessible and safe way of learning leads to better results. For example, virtual field trips or simulations can provide a better understanding of the world, as well as scientific subjects, history, geography, practical, complex or creative ideas, and in the case of Ukraine: ammunition.
*Ukraine ArcGIS Story: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/eb04510258bb424ab0ffd79aa3934611
**Ukrainian organization: https://terrapura.ngo/
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