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Abstract
Title: REMOTE EXPERIMENTATION USING AUGMENTED REALITY
Authors: Dr. Salaheddin Odeh, Mrs. Shatha Abu Shanab
Abstract:
In engineering and science education, laboratories represent an essential part of the study curriculum, and studies are incomplete if laboratories are not present. Laboratories cover the practical side of engineering studies, through which students can improve their theoretical knowledge as a stable basis to strengthen their skills required for enabling them to deal with any real problem in the future after graduation. This research tries to realize the idea of combining internet laboratories with augmented reality. This is what we can designate as an Augmented Reality Internet Laboratory (ARI-Lab). Definitively, augmented reality is to combine the interactive real world with a generated world by an interactive computer system in such a way that they appear as one environment. It shows the real world with an overlay of additional information so that the user can not distinguish between the real world and the virtual augmentation. In our consideration, a web-based remote experimentation using augmented reality is achieved through the facts that students can carry out an engineering experiment represented by real and virtual elements, components and equipments, through overlaying real kits with virtual (graphical) objects. AR technologies make possible the interaction between students and the graphically represented remote experiment to be no longer restricted in a face-to-screen fashion; rather it will be strived to dissolve students in a remotely located real environment laboratory. A number of modern laboratory instruments and equipments can only not be controlled and accessed interactively, but rather more through special kind of interfaces as well, enabling us to control and to implement the experiment via the internet. In this contribution, it will be shown how we can design, develop and implement an interactive web-based ARI-Lab.