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This years has been wild!

2020 was supposed to be off to a great start but the luck gods obviously had other plans.

I recap the highs and lows of the year, and reflect on all the opportunities that came my way in life, augmented reality, medical school, and as a creator.

Things were going very well for me at the beginning of the year. I just started using Unity to make Augmented Reality stuff, and was trying to make my first app. I was back to freelancing after I left my job…

AR Activism

So with all this stuff going on in the world: COVID, Social Unrest, Police Brutality, I decided to make a statement with my work. I originally thought about going out and protesting with the rest of everybody else, but I was worried about the risked that was posed to myself and my girlfriend. To make it a long story short, my girlfriend works at a nursing home and cares for 40+ elderly residents 4 days out of the week. If I were to go out, I would be putting more than myself at risk. I am also applying to…

So I woke up on Monday and the first thing I did was hop on Twitter. Usually I get my daily dose of American trash to start my day. I was surprised to see the NCAA trending. As I dug deeper, it looked like people were demanding that college football not be canceled. Meanwhile, the Power 5 conferences are on the verge of canceling the 2020 season.

Interestingly enough, a few things have happened during this time. Groups of students have opted out of the season and demanded representation with certain guaranteed demands. Those demands include:


The value of augmented reality comes from the way digital elements blend into a person’s perception of the real world, not only as a simple display of data, but through the integration of immersive interactions. Instead of reading a book, you can watch it, listen to it, or play with it. Instead of looking at a 2D picture, you can rotate, scale it, and move it.

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What is an immersive experience and why does it matter? Those two questions have circulated my mind recently as I have gotten deeper into the AR space. An immersive experience is an illusory environment that completely surrounds you such that you feel that you are inside it and part of it. The term is associated with technology environments that command the senses such as virtual reality and mixed reality. Those senses are sight, sound, and touch. We don’t have the technology to incorporate smell and taste yet, and quite frankly, I don’t think we will want that. …

So today I decided to turn a sketch on paper into an interactive art piece using Unity, Augmented Reality, and Vuforia. The goal was to see how awesome I can make a simple drawing and push the idea of combining technology and art as far as I could take it. At the end of this little journey, I ended up with a sketch of a character named Cubey, an AR app for my Android phone, and a pretty cool experience to play with.

I started by sketching out a box and turning it to a cube. I really…

This year has been an exceedingly difficult time for us all. The Corona virus has hit us like a freight train and disrupted the world overnight. It has exposed a lot of the inequities that many of us are aware of but try to ignore. Particularly those that plague people of color more than others. By others, I mean white people. The numbers speak for themselves: Black community makes up 16% of the population and over 40% of the Corona virus cases in most large areas affected. The opportunities for improvement often don’t come over the train tracks.


Let’s talk about why augmented reality (AR) is important. (AR) is important for many reasons. Because of Covid 19, in person learning, training, teaching, and entertainment will change forever. On top of that resources are often scares in particular industries to provide the most equitable experiences to individuals. As a result of advances in technology, opportunities to improve performance and enhance experiences are now at our fingertips. The core essence of augmented reality is to use digital element in the real world to improve an experience. That improvement manifests itself as more immersive and interactive. As a result, individuals…

Let’s discuss the history of augmented reality (AR). Want to know about when it was created, where it was created, why it was created, or who created it? Don’t worry. I got you covered. At the end of this, you will be able to contextualize how AR fits into a timeline.

When was it created

Some of the earliest AR systems that we know of were developed by the US Airforce at the Armstrong Laboratory in 1992. It was a project called Virtual Fixture that allowed users to train and practice certain skills and tasks to improve their performance.

Marker based AR — The camera of the device detects a marker in the real world. The device compares the information on the marker with its database. Once it finds a match, it uses the marker information to determine the position and orientation of the Augmented reality experience that was created in the app

By pointing your phone at a picture or image, you could see animation or information on the screen that you can’t see in the real world.

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Stuck E. in Augmented Reality

Artist. Blogger. Podcaster. Teaching Artist. YouTuber. Storyteller. I use augmented reality to make immersive experiences with art and content creation.

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