Augmented Reality Sandbox

AR Sandbox


Edutainment exhibit consists of:

  • Wheeled cubicle of aluminium plus acryl glass tank filled with sand (GFZ central workshop)
  • 3D depth camera – near infrared laser (Microsoft Kinect Sensor Version 1.0)
  • Desktop computer with powerful graphic card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970)
  • Projector (Benq MX631ST)
  • Free software (SARndbox-1.6, GNU General Public License) developed at University of California, Davis, USA



The Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox is used for educative and interactive demonstration of natural processes and research questions in geophysics. The exhibit imparts knowledge particularly in fields of geomorphology and hydrology. The real analogue landscape of sand can be shaped at will. Simultaneously, the sand surface is scanned and the elevation model is projected back in real time. In addition to this elevation information the reality is augmented with water simulations. Thus rain, runoff, river routing and floods as well as dike breaks or dam failure could be shown in an impressive manner.



Inventors web site

Hands on - at the long night of sciences at Telegrafenberg june 2016
Augmented Reality: Digital Elevation Modell (DEM) on analogue sand surface


Profile photo of  Dipl.-Geoökol. Knut Günther

Dipl.-Geoökol. Knut Günther

Building C 4, room 2.05
14473 Potsdam
tel. +49 331 288-1537


Profile photo of  Dipl.-Geophys. Heiko Thoss

Dipl.-Geophys. Heiko Thoss

Building C 4, room 2.19
14473 Potsdam
tel. +49 331 288-1544