View and explore atomic models in Augmented Reality!
Create 3D animated visualizations of any atom in real space, just by using the camera on your smartphone
From Signal Garden Research, AR Atom Visualizer is the world's first ARCore app to be published on the Play Store.
AR Atom Visualizer is an app that allows you to view and explore atomic models in Augmented Reality with Google ARCore on your smartphone.
Many of us understand the basic structure of an atom: a nucleus containing protons and neutrons, surrounded by electrons - but how are those electrons organized? How do they move? What do they look like?
Scientists and science teachers use two common models to visualize atoms and answer these questions.
The Bohr model presents the atom as a shell containing a nucleus and the electrons in orbit around it. It helps us understand the energy level of electrons and how they are organised in relation to the nucleus.
The quantum mechanical model presents the atom as an electron cloud. This helps us understand the possible location of the electrons in relation to the nucleus.
AR Atom Visualizer uses Augmented Reality to create 3D animated visualizations of both these models of any atom in real space, just by using the camera on your smartphone.
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AR Atom Visualizer was designed and built in just eight weeks by Jonathan Barndt during his National Science Foundation STEP Summer 2017 internship at Signal Garden, as part of the NSF STEM Talent Expansion Program.
Jonathan was mentored in Signal Garden by Dylan Hart (lead engineer of Signal Mapper for Google Tango) and Omar Shaikh (lead engineer of Solar Simulator for Google Tango).
Jonathan graduated from the Computer Science program at the University of New Mexico in 2020.