TechLife Australia - - DISCOVER - [ SHARMISHTA SARKAR ]

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Aug­mented re­al­ity has found a place in ed­u­ca­tion, be it for pri­mary school or higher stud­ies. It can even teach you about sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, as the Free Rivers app from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) aims to do. Us­ing Ap­ple’s ARKit, the app builds a land­scape fea­tur­ing moun­tains, vil­lages and forests with a river run­ning through it. You can see the source of the river in the moun­tains and watch it empty it­self into the delta where it joins the sea. Along the way, you get to make it rain, build a dam to flood the plain, then de­mol­ish the dam to set up wind farms. You also get to guide a raft from the source of the river to the sea, col­lect­ing ‘points’. Once you’ve had your in­tro­duc­tion to the river ecosys­tem, you can ‘col­lect’ ob­jects like an­i­mals and peo­ple de­pen­dent on the river to learn more about their im­pact on the wa­ter­way. While the land­scape has been beau­ti­fully crafted, nav­i­gat­ing the raft and ‘col­lect­ing’ ob­jects is near im­pos­si­ble. No amount of tap­ping or se­lect­ing on icons helped us move along the sto­ry­line, mak­ing our ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in­com­plete and frus­trat­ing. It is, how­ever, a brand-new app and we’re hop­ing an up­date will fix the nav­i­ga­tion is­sue so ev­ery­one can learn about how hu­man de­vel­op­ment af­fects our rivers.

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