A Very Augmented Reality Christmas

Christmas is getting closer and closer.  Here in Oz there’s less than  a week to go before school’s out for both Summer and Santa (something I’m still getting used to!).  I’m sat at home at the moment, recovering from the removal of a wisdom tooth (ouch) and, because I LOVE Christmas, I have been seeking santa related things to make me smile.   I received my annual email from Santa Claus at the Portable North Pole and have spotted people starting to blog about sending class messages to santa.  Now, the Portable North Pole (currently in its fourth year), if you haven’t already tried it, is amazing!  You get to create a personalised video message from Santa for your friends/family/students – It’s lovely!

Of course, last year  I also had my santa tracker app on my iPhone so that I could be very sure that I was in bed well before he arrived. What I’m curious about this year is whether there are any Augmented Reality xmas toys to play with…

What did I find?

1. Play Jingle Bells!

 

As usual, you need to download the markers, plug-in your webcam and head to this site (Don’t forget to allow the site to use your webcam!). How much fun is this?

Tellart 2008 Holiday Card from Tellart on Vimeo.

2. Turn yourself (or your students) into santa

 

Me as santaThis one doesn’t require an AR cards, it uses your webcam to track your face and then dresses you up!  It does talk to you … ho ho hoooing a lot.. but you can mute it 😉 There are lots of different beard and hat combinations to try.  You can swap between then either by clicking the arrows in the top left hand corner of the flash window, or by using the arrow keys on your keyboard.  As you can see, you can also use a built-in camera to take a snap shot of your new look.  Who knew that beards do such a wonderful job of covering up a puffy face? 😉

3. Have Santa arrive on your desk: Ho ho ho!

 

Virtual Reality Santa - Teacher Technologies.com

Ho ho ho!

You’ll need a marker for this one.  Once you’ve printed it out, and you’ve got your webcam connected, head on over to this website from the Netherlands to see Santa appear.  Very easy!  Of course, the site isn’t written in English which could also lead to some interesting conversations with your students!

 

 

 

4. Decorate your own virtual tree and then bring it to life

(iPhone and 99cents)

 

 

 

5. AR sights and Christmas

 

Ar Sights Christmas objects - Google 3D warehouseDon’t forget that the Google 3D warehouse is full of #3D images that you can use with AR Sights and any webcam.  You’ll find more instructions here

 

 

6. A Healthy – Augmented Reality Advent Calendar!

(for iPhone/iPad /Android- FREE)

You need to download the app to run this great little tool.  Then stick the image of the advent calendar to your classroom/kitchen wall.  Everyday, let your students/husband/kids have a look at the calendar through the app.  Instead of a chocolate they’ll get something much, much cooler 😉 Don’t forget to tap on the characters who appear!

Zappar Advent Calendar – Lab Preview from Zappar on Vimeo.

Have you found anymore for me to add?  Please share! 🙂

Comments

  • Shelly Terrell
    Reply

    What a great post! Can’t wait to try out the AR advent calendar and see my prize or have Santa Claus visit. I already tweeted this. I also wrote a post about 30+ holiday apps! I didn’t include any AR ones, though, doh! http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/2011/12/06/30-holiday-apps-for-creativity-learning/

    • Selena Woodward

      Thanks for the comment Shelly!  Love your suggestions too.  We must have it covered between the two of us?! 😉

  • Shelly Terrell
    Reply

    What a great post! Can’t wait to try out the AR advent calendar and see my prize or have Santa Claus visit. I already tweeted this. I also wrote a post about 30+ holiday apps! I didn’t include any AR ones, though, doh! http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/2011/12/06/30-holiday-apps-for-creativity-learning/

    • Selena Woodward

      Thanks for the comment Shelly!  Love your suggestions too.  We must have it covered between the two of us?! 😉