Nikola Tesla is one of the coolest inventors that ever lived. And now there is an even cooler way to learn more about him – augmented reality.
What is augmented reality? According to Brian Yetzer, digital artist, designer, and educator, augmented reality (AR) is:
…a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data…the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality.
You got a taste of Brian’s augmented reality treatment of Nikola Tesla at the Exton Public Library event earlier this month (check out the second video). He is currently developing an augmented reality app as part of the upcoming traveling exhibit called Tesla: Past. Present. Future. The traveling exhibit is being sponsored by the Tesla Science Foundation. According to Brian, the app will help accomplish the three project objectives:
- Educate the public about Nikola Tesla, an unsung hero of the 20th century and his vision of a world with free, renewable energy.
- Bring awareness to our current energy crisis and our need to harness it safely and responsibly. Nikola Tesla was one of the first green energy proponents.
- Engage smart phone and tablet users in the latest in mobile technology and interactive techniques.
Of course, there is much more than the app involved. At the Exton event there were three posters featuring Nikola Tesla-related images. One was the Wardenclyffe Tower, another Tesla’s famous chair pose, and the other a stylized, almost psychedelic, series of floating Tesla coils. Embedded in the posters are codes that bring the images to life via “interactive 3D animation and video playback superimposed over a real-world environment.” In addition, Brian is “producing augmented reality Tesla coil t-shirts and printable 3D models of the Nikola Tesla bust, Tesla coil, and Wardenclyffe Tower.”
All of this is incredibly cool (just like Nikola Tesla).
You can find out more about the project by checking out Brian’s Indiegogo campaign. Feel free to share Brian’s campaign info, or you can simply share this article on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. I, for one, am looking forward to this innovative way to share knowledge of Nikola Tesla with a new generation of youth. Who knows – one may get inspired by Tesla just like Google founder Larry Page did.
David J. Kent is the author of Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity. You can order a signed copy directly from me, download the ebook at barnesandnoble.com, and find hard copies exclusively at Barnes and Noble bookstores.