ARRR.duino: AR circuit design tool

MIT Reality Hack: Grand Prize Winner + "best use of MRTK"

MIT Reality Hack is the premier XR Hack-a-thon where 65+ teams build immersive technology projects and compete for judged awards. My team built an intuitive AR circuit design tool that teaches the basics of electronics in a fun and accessible way. I was Creative Director for this project and designed the entire user experience, including the interaction design and all creative assets. 

Learn the basics

Users will meet Captain Duino, a pirate who will walk them through the steps of wiring a simple LED circuit. Through this process, they will learn how to control our node-based AR circuit design tool while also gaining an intuitive understanding of circuitry concepts like the function of adding resistors. After creating a wiring diagram, Captain Duino will show you how uploading different code to the Arduino can be used to create different effects.

Design custom circuits

Now that users understand how to use our intuitive design tool, they can create their own custom circuits by wiring together various hardware components in a "sandbox" design environment. Circuits are simulated in real time and the system gives users active feedback on potential electrical issues with their circuits. Simple UI elements above the components allow users to make simple code changes and visualize their effects.

 

Build in real life!

Once you have designed a circuit our virtual environment, the system can “translate” that circuit into a photorealistic volumetric model of an actual Arduino and breadboard. This model will have accurate wiring and can be places on the table in front of you and used as a reference when wiring together real hardware. This makes it easier to create your custom circuits in real life. When users do this, they are also emailed the corresponding code, allowing them to copy-and-paste a custom program directly right into the Arduino IDE.

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