AR Sandbox – What’s in the Box?
The AR Sandbox at Nova Labs maker space presents an augmented reality display by means of:
- a Kinect depth-sensing camera
- a digital projector and
- a laptop computer
Infrared depth-sensing camera
Brightness: Claims range from 1500 lumens to 300 lumens (probably the lesser); LED lamp
Dell Inspiron 3542 laptop (2014)
The Kinect camera and the projector are mounted approximately 3 to 4 feet above the sandbox. For our first exhibit at Nova Labs, we mounted the Kinect and the projector on a tripod. Later a metal support was attached to the sandbox frame.
Tripod and Mount
Tripod – Promaster 6400
The mounting board is a piece of plywood, 3/8-inch thick and 12 inches square. The projector is attached to the mounting board with Velcro straps. The Kinect is screwed onto a small 4-inch square plate.
|Kinect camera and iDGLAX projector on board|
|On the back of the mounting board, a U-shaped metal plate is attached to the tripod.|
The Nova Labs AR Sandbox is a modification of the designs presented by Oliver Kreylos at University of California Davis, USA, and Thom Wolf / Rasmus Paulsen in Europe. Our sandbox is portable and inexpensive. We were able to construct it at a cost of less than $175. The Nova Labs AR Sandbox uses Windows software authored by Wolf and Paulsen. We found it easier to work with than the Linux-based programs from UC Davis.
Instructions for building an AR Sandbox can be found: