Chess Player Augmented Reality: Video Game

A big issue with learning is making the environment where learning takes place fun.  This often poses a problem because subjects such as history, and ancient literature seem to be a bit dull, at least in my eyes.  This can be applied to most peoples idea of learning in schools.  I feel subjects like chemistry and physics tend to be more exciting solely because they have labs where you learn concepts by doing experiments in real life.  Whether this be spinning a ball around a circle to learn about centripetal force(physics) or mix certain elements to produce a chemical reaction(chemistry).  The reason why I bring all this things into this discussion is because these subjects use interactive ways to teach students certain concepts in those subjects.  The system that was set up by these Spanish engineering students set up makes a game like chess seem more exciting.  When I first played chess, I was bored within minutes because the game requires patience, strategy, and planning and I didn’t want to take the time to properly develop strategies to beat my friends who had been playing for years.  However, this augmented reality provides the user the information of what moves he can make and how those moves will affect future moves.  It provides a fun way for the user to learn strategies to conquer their opponents.  A common question may be asked like “Well, that has already been done on the computer where a user just uses a computer screen to do the same thing?” My answer to that is this new augmented reality set up provides a new and cool way of doing it.  The Nintendo Wii provided a new way for people to play video games and it became an instant hit.  However, it provided the same video game means that people wanted to play.  Who knew bowling or baseball could be so much fun.  This augmented reality kit provides a new way and cool way for users to learn to play chess while also learning how to create strategies for success.  This augmented reality should be applied to different types of subjects to will allow students to have hands on learning like physics and chemistry.

One can find the link to the article below:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110218112119.htm

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