The Augmented Reality Sandbox brings earth science to life by merging hands-on play with digital effects. It combines a real sandbox with a motion-sensing camera and a digital projector. As you shape the sand with your hands, the camera detects the changes and a computer projects colors depicting elevation, vividly illustrating the principles of topographic maps.
You can create rainstorms, lakes, and rivers, and immediately see how reshaping the sand surface changes the water flow. The mountains and lakes you make represent parts of a watershed or basin - an area of land that is connected by the water that flows over it.