Meet Moon, a short throw projector that turns textbooks into learning experiences powered by Augmented Reality

In a world dominated by online learning, the Moon projector offers a hybrid style of teaching, where teachers/mentors can project AR content over their students’ textbooks.

Designed to make learning from home just about as easy and rewarding as actually being around a teacher/tutor, the Moon projector lets teachers interact with students through augmented reality. The projector sits right in front of a textbook, overlaying virtual elements on top of the book’s printed text. Teachers can then interact with students THROUGH the Moon, underlining paragraphs, leaving notes, highlighting images, and even scoring papers in real-time.

The projector comes with a stylus that lets the mentor make digital annotations on the textbook (which then translates onto the textbooks of the students).

The entire experience is even powered by a smartphone app that lets mentor and mentee interact with each other, asking and answering questions, and tracking a mentee/student’s overall progress over time.

Designed to be used by kids in an educational setting, the Moon comes with a simple design and a bare-basics interface. The projector’s soft exterior helps it look friendly and approachable, while big buttons on its upper surface allow kids to control it without being jaded or intimidated.

The stylus, on the other hand, uses a touch-sensitive tip and underlying cameras to track its movement across the textbook. It even comes with a microphone button that allows the mentors to communicate directly with the mentees, sending them voice-note lectures during the online lesson. All in all, the Moon hopes to make the online tutoring/teaching experience frictionless, by offering a tech-enabled alternative to a blackboard/whiteboard and a human mentor/tutor sitting with you and explaining your lessons to you.

Designer: Soomin Son

This height-adjustable desk works across the ages – from school to work life!

McKinsey’s research on the impact of work from home post covid says, “To determine how extensively remote work might persist after the pandemic, we analyzed its potential across more than 2,000 tasks used in some 800 occupations in the eight focus countries. Considering only remote work that can be done without a loss of productivity, we find that about 20 to 25 percent of the workforces in advanced economies could work from home between three and five days a week.” Based on this report, online teaching will remain the norm ever since the pandemic hit our lives, and the trend seems to carry on. Keeping this in mind, designer Lei Wang has created an ergonomic study desk that grows with the child – fitting perfectly in the set of requirements for different phases of life. The adjustable desk looks inspired by the AT-ST (All-Terrain Scout) Walker, with its walking stance emulated in the desk’s legs.

Lei has christened the ergonomic work table as Venus Study Desk, and the furniture piece is good enough for early school days and up to University level studies. The free height adjustment system and a unique desk tilting mechanism allow the desk to grow with your child. The cool-looking desk employs turbo worm technology to actuate the free height adjustment function of the table. So, the user can precisely adjust the height according to the requirement without even moving a muscle. Similarly, the tabletop tilt can be changed just with a light pull – courtesy of the gas spring adjustment.

Under the tabletop, there is a drawer to keep all the essentials in an organized fashion. The back of the tabletop sports a multifunctional desktop box that holds a wireless charging module to keep the devices juiced. The intuitive design of the Venus desk has ample space to hide all the cables from plain sight, which is a tremendous advantage for ones with a multi-monitor setup and other peripherals. In totality, the desk is ideal for kids, students, and even professionals who fancy customizable aesthetics – definitely, an excellent investment to up your productivity for years to come.

Designer: Lei Wang

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Google releases Course Builder, takes online learning down an open-source road

Google releases Course Builder, takes online learning down an opensource road

Google is well-known for projects with unexpected origins. It's almost natural, then, that the code Google used to build a web course has led to a full-fledged tool for online education. The open-source Course Builder project lets anyone make their own learning resources, complete with scheduled activities and lessons, if they've got some skill with HTML and JavaScript. There's also an avenue for live teaching or office hours: the obligatory Google+ tie-in lets educators announce Hangouts on Air sessions. Code is available immediately, although you won't need to be grading virtual papers to see the benefit. A handful of schools that include Stanford, UC San Diego and Indiana University are at least exploring the use of Course Builder in their own initiatives, which could lead to more elegant internet learning -- if also fewer excuses for slacking.

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