Monday, March 04, 2013

Google glasses and low tech rapid prototyping


This year, we begin working with trades tutors interested in using video cameras to enhance student learning. We are working with point of view (POV) videos and the go pro cameras favoured by outdoor enthusiasts.
The learning and teaching objectives are varied, and dependent on the contexts of each trade. The approach is to try to ‘fill a gap’ in helping students learn a trade. So Peter Harrison is using the POV glasses  to video tutors’ work on engineering lathes and other machinery to provide students with guidance on the nuances of how metals behave when subjected to high speed machinery. The go pro camera is being used with electrical supply industry students, to provide the viewpoint of linesmen and cable jointers via work learnt by Andrew Massie through his academic study leave.

One development we will be closely following is the googleglasses project The google glasses bring mobile learning and the advantages of situated technology enhanced learning (STEL or STL) to an even more accessible level. The google glasses website now has enticing videos on how it feels to be moving about an information on its capabilities

Blogsphere and other tech sites have provided their viewpoints, examples from techradar, business insider and fastcompany after the sort of pre-beta launch of the glasses with a call for volunteers, keen to test the glasses and willing to shell out US$1500 for the hardware. Us of A applicants only though :( 

While googling 'google glasses', also happened on a ted ed session featuring the work of Tom Chi (and team?) with a more up-to date profile of Tom from this blog The interesting feature of Tom's work is his use of  rapid prototyping – using everyday materials. The useability and design of Google glasses being undertaken with everyday office or takeaway dining materials. Concepts can be put together very quickly. tested and evaluated, with multiple variations possible in brainstorm sessions able to be tested. Many of the concepts can be tested in a matter of hours and either picked to be extended and refined or thrown out. In the ted ed video, he compares book learning vs hands on learning and describes hands on learning as a form of expansive learning - as in expanding possibilities.

Slides from  the ted ed session are available here and an overview on this blog. Overall, a very salient demonstration of flexible, creative thinking being tested using 'no.8.wire' ingenuity.