AR-some Chemistry Models:Interactable 3D Molecules through Augmented Reality

Mason Ulrich, Brandon Evans, Frank Wencheng Liu, Mina Johnson, Robert Likamwa

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Abstract

Augmented Reality (AR) presents many opportunities to design systems that can aid students in learning complex chemistry concepts. Chemistry is a 3D concept that student soften have trouble visualizing using 2D media. AR-some Chemistry Models is an AR application to visualize complex chemical molecules. Our app can generate 3D interactive molecules from chemical names, hand-drawn and printed line-angle structures of complex molecules. Allowing for handwritten input gives a student instant feedback on their self-generated understanding of a molecule and can improve knowledge retention. Students have the opportunity to visualize molecules from lecture notes, or even homework problems. Our application allows the student to interact with this molecule using simple touch screen commands to zoom in, zoom out, rotate and move the molecule in AR to understand the spatial relationship among the components. Our application also highlights and displays relevant textual information about a molecule's functional groups when they are tapped to further improve student learning. We present an affordable and accessible study tool to help students with their learning of chemistry molecules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts of MobileHCI 2021 - ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationMobile Apart, Mobile Together
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450383295
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 27 2021
Event23rd ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction: Mobile Apart, Mobile Together, MobileHCI 2021 - Virtual, Online, France
Duration: Sep 27 2021Oct 1 2021

Publication series

NameExtended Abstracts of MobileHCI 2021 - ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction: Mobile Apart, Mobile Together

Conference

Conference23rd ACM International Conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction: Mobile Apart, Mobile Together, MobileHCI 2021
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityVirtual, Online
Period9/27/2110/1/21

Keywords

  • Augmented Reality
  • Chemistry
  • HCI
  • Molecules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems
  • Software

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