Education Technology

Top 5 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Apps that are making learning interactive & engaging

Rishi Kapal
Top 5 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Apps that are making learning interactive & engaging

Today virtual reality & augmented reality are garnering a lot of attention. They are indicators of development in the field of technology. Virtual reality is a computer generated recreation of real life situation. Augmented reality layers such computer generated enhancements are real, meaningful & interactive. It is used to display score overlays on telecasted sports games & pop out 3D email, photos on mobile phones. The VR & AR have now become part of many institutes and corporate sector. VR & AR help students & employees in grasping the things practically. These technologies connect learners with a completely new way which is more fun and engaging for them & it boosts retention.

Here are the top five apps which are very beneficial in practical learning & training and are already creating a benchmark in their field:

Edorble

Based in Santa Barbara, California, Edorble is making online learning and meetings more personal, playful and powerful with the use of emerging 3D/VR technologies across all devices. Edorble’s vision is to change the way people communicate and collaborate in the online education and corporate meeting space. 3D environments are known for being able to bring a sense of presence and immersion to online interactions. Edorble is making a 3D world that is built for collaboration and which will leverage next-generation VR hardware. The students, colleagues, or friends can come together to chat, discover, and look at content together. Currently teachers and students from 28 countries across the globe are using Edorble platform. Edorble has been recently updated to be cross platform on PC, Mac and VR. Edorble has also received an award by Reimagine Education.

Study Marvel

Study Marvel is an augmented reality platform for K-12 Segment which lets users explore, visualize and save digital models, image, video, hyperlinks in the physical space and superimpose storyboards and lessons practically anywhere on any object. Immersive Chemistry by Study Marvel is an Augmented-Reality (AR) based educative booklet. It is loaded with superior 4D interactive features for improved classroom training. It wants to make reading and learning fun by providing high-quality AR display and interactive animation. It is interactive & Social-Media Compatible. Study Marvel has been featured as top 50 edtech startups to look at in 2017. Study Marvel launched alpha version on 23rd April 2017 and got pivoted to an AR platform model.

Simulanis

Simulanis has developed immersive and interactive products and platforms in Augmented Reality, Serious 3D Gamification and Blended e-Learning to facilitate learning within the technical engineering education domain for the students and graduates of engineering branches in universities. Simulanis started with a vision to revolutionize engineering learning with their app named SARAL. The app solves the pain-points of engineers (students, graduates, professionals) who experience difficulty in effectively visualizing & conceptualizing complex engineering subject matters like; diagrams, schematics, drawings, laboratory experiments, technical site operations etc. In April 2016, Simulanis won a Science and Technology Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategic and Leadership Excellence Award from the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board   (NSTEDB), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. In June 2016, they were named the Tech Business of the Year 2016 from ASSOCHAM India. In August 2016, recognizing their innovative product offering, Simulanis once got acclaimed by the Government of India and won a grant to further their work of revolutionizing learning, skilling and industrial training in India.

Ahhaa

Based in New York & India, Ahhaa is an inner growth platform that helps people to deal with life challenges and feel clear & awesome through Ahhaa Space and Ahhaa App. Ahhaa spaces are powered by Virtual Reality content through Ahhaa app, artificial intelligence and unique life design program comprising Insights, Inspiration, Music & Meditation. The Virtual Reality content in Ahhaa space are specifically designed to bring immersive transformative life learning along with unique tech powered wellbeing zones all meant to impact the individual to stress free, happier life. Ahhaa A.I is attuned to grow the E.I (Emotional Intelligence) in one & all. Ahhaa was launched by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman. Ahhaa is set to launch 30 spaces between India & US this year of 2017. Brooklyn Chambers of Commerce, CUNY, MIT Pune, Cambridge Press, HCL are among few that are already either impacted by Ahhaa or bringing in the spaces and many more hospitals, colleges & large organizations are in the process. In March 2017, Ahhaa was invited to present on Ahhaa Space & mind growth at the United Nations, New York and subsequently to create Ahhaa Space in a UN building in New York.

ChangeMyPath

Based in San Francisco, USA, ChangeMyPath is taking online education and job skills training to the next dimension by facilitating user-friendly tools for creating rich and exciting 3D Games and Simulations for your training content. Employees can be provided training on their mobile devices or any web browser, whenever and wherever they choose. Employers can collect data on how effective their training curriculum is, as well as the personal aptitudes of their employees. This app enables employees to really learn and remember data. The employers can use the data to evaluate and improve the success of training. It consequently drives employee’s retention and lowering churn. It is doing the same for education & job skills training what Wikipedia did for information. ChangeMyPath recently signed agreement with multi-billion dollar company with 9000 employees focused on fire and safety equipment. They will be using company product to train new employees.

About the author:

Rishi Kapal is the CEO & Global Strategist of EduGild. Rishi’s career spans various strategic and leadership roles in sales innovations and operations, marketing, business development, people management and corporate strategy with leading Indian and Multinational organizations. He is an international speaker, author and a specialist in startup scale-ups, transition management and leadership enhancement.

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