Traditional Chinese wood joint craft (Sunmao) has a very long history. It is so important that displays both the beauty of the form and the science of structure. However, the craft itself is extremely complicated for students to understand from pictures in textbooks. In this way, applying AR to make this educational process more playful and easier to understand is a potential solution with practical possibilities.
The intention of the design is to conceptualize it as a real product. In this way, to think its physical form also is necessary for deploying an integrated design. I use the form of cards and envelope to trigger students’ interest.
I use the card as a high-resolution target image in order for camera to capture. The corresponding exposed wood joint structure will be triggered when hover on the specific target image. With this technology, the structure can be more clearly explained with the students by a more playful experience.
Further development includes adding more detailed introduction interface (some real cases can also be further added in the Wiki page). The app is tested by different users and all of them find it significant for them to understand this old Chinese traditional craft and art. To sum, the Augmented Reality can really help us know the 3D structure of the architectural component which is hard to understand before.