Prepare Your Child for A Virtual Future with AR for Kids Coding Programs 

Prepare Your Child for A Virtual Future with AR for Kids Coding Programs

Generally, parents get very concerned when kid’s video game playing comes at the expense of doing other more important things, such as school work or physical activities.

Child video game addiction is not only annoying but worrying for parents because kids get so engulfed that they forget even to eat, basically becoming ‘video game zombies/couch potatoes. ‘

But video game playing has been reported to have several benefits such as improving coordination, problem-solving skills, brain speed, enhancing memory and multi-tasking skills. So before you blow out some steam and destroy your kid’s video game console or app, consider how you could leverage these devices for good.

What if they use up some of that wasted time learning to make them instead of just playing them?

AR for kids learn to code programs gives kids a chance to get off the couch and into courses that will teach them how to make video games.

Building video games is an expression of creativity, and kids learn to code programs provides the mental stimulation and facilitates a deep dive into learning the game development skills needed to fuel that creativity.

An AR for kids program provides an opportunity to explore a potential career path in lucrative fields that are experiencing remarkable growth.

Video game revenue for 2018 reached a new peak of $43.8 billion, an 18 percent increase from previous years, according to the Entertainment Software Association and The NPD Group. It surpassed the projected total global box office for the film industry.  

So if your kid spends way too much time playing video games, it might not be such a bad thing after all.

Learning to code has limitless benefits – a necessary skill for tomorrow’s workforce.

Technology is arguably the biggest disruptive force in the world today. It’s playing a significant role in almost all aspects of life. Coders are on the front lines of this revolution, as programming languages are the building blocks of virtually all the tech we use today.

Therefore, the video game industry is one of the lucrative fields a learn to code program can prepare your child for.

If you want to learn more about how learning to code prepares kids for the 21st-Century job market click here.

The Future of Gaming

Now that you are aware of the pros of video game addiction, how can you capitalize on it?

There is a myriad of programming languages and software out there to help game designers of all calibers make their very own games. We at Codewiz offer several game programming classes such as Unity, Roblox, Unreal Engine.

But what in gaming can prepare your child for the 21st-century workplace and beyond? What string to their bow will automatically give them a leg up on the competition in the future gaming job market?

Augmented Reality (AR) is said to be the future of the gaming industry.

Child video game addiction is annoying for most parents. But they can take advantage of this love for video games by enrolling them in AR for Kids programs where they will get a chance to learn to create them instead of just playing them.
Child video game addiction is annoying for most parents. But they can take advantage of this love for video games by enrolling them in AR for Kids coding programs where they will get a chance to learn to create them instead of just playing them.

AR takes the gaming experience to a whole new level. It enhances the player’s existing environment and overlays real-world locations and objects on the top of it, thus creating unimaginable excitements and thrills through mobile headsets and smartphone and PC screens.

AR technology has been widely accepted by gamers worldwide, leading to huge demand for augmented reality apps. Furthermore, the ubiquity of smartphones with pre-calibrated AR and motion tracking features provides a massive boost to the technology.

Apple’s recently launched fast-action multiplayer games such as Galaga AR and SwiftShot adds to the growing popularity of multiplayer AR games which synchronize multiple devices to the same real-world coordinates. These multiplayer games are slated to take AR gaming experience to the next level.

These are the reasons why industry players, tech pundits, fans and game developers are convinced AR will significantly change the gaming industry in the immediate future.

But what exactly is Augmented Reality?

What is Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality, or AR, is an interactive experience of overlaying computer-generated perceptual/virtual information in the real-world environment typically delivered through a handheld device like a tablet, phone or head-mounted display.

Alongside AI and automation, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR) for years have been touted as technologies that will have a profoundly transformative effect on the way we live and work.

The Difference between AR and VR

AR and VR usually go hand in hand, but they are two different technologies that have their own separate markets.

AR, the ideal merging of what we see and what we want to see, is more dependable and easier to design than its closely related and more celebrated cousin VR.

While VR creates a totally artificial environment through the use of three-dimensional computer-generated environments, on the other hand, AR is the integration of digital overlays to enhance the actual physical world around us.

If you’re a sports fan you see it on television all the time, so elegantly integrated into the viewing experience. They look like they’re part of the action – the first down marker on a football field during the game, or tracking a swimmer as she glides through the pool, or attached to a NASCAR racecar as it’s moving around the track

But the capabilities of AR goes beyond providing visually pleasing experience for viewers. It can be used to provide real valuable information and for much more sophisticated applications.

The Growth of AR

Chances are you have heard of AR because of its synonymity with gaming. But only a few are aware of its immense potential to influence and even transform the overall gaming experience.

The massive success of the wildly popular AR game Pokémon Go has spawned a revolution in the world of gaming and app creation and will influence the design of future AR experiences for years to come.

Since the 2016 release, hundreds of games have been created using AR technology, which is also poised to influence the mobile industry in a significant way. Mobile phones manufacturing giants such as Apple and Samsung have already embraced the technology into their games.

With its potential to bring the real world and virtual reality together, there is enormous potential for significant growth in the foreseeable future.

According to Infoholic Research, the “AR Gaming Market” is expected to reach $284.93 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 152.7% during the forecast period 2017–2023.

While the global augmented reality market, which is currently valued at USD 0.35 billion in 2018, is expected to register a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 151.93% between the years 2019 and 2024 according to the Augmented Reality Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2019 – 2024) report by Market Intelligence and advisory firm Mordor Intelligence.

Significant Growth expected for North America Region

AR adoption in the North American segment of the market studied is expected to grow significantly over the forecasted period.

The USA is expected to be one of the most innovative AR markets as most of the companies advancing in this technology, such as Magic Leap and Microsoft, are based in the United States.

Results of an ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) survey reveal that 60% to 70% of consumers in America see clear benefits in using AR and IoT (Internet of Things) devices in their daily life and at work. In daily life, 69% believed that the tech could help them learn new skills, 62% saw shopping benefits, and 62% saw healthcare benefits.

With the ambitions of tech manufacturers to provide an enhanced connected experience for the end users, AR combined with the ever-evolving wireless technology, which enables the integration of mobile devices and home appliances, the possibilities of AR are endless.

AR is likely to present an entirely new way to engage and expand the abilities of retailers. About 22.8 million AR glasses are expected to be shipped by 2020. The user base for AR technologies is also expected to grow beyond 1 billion by 2020.

The Versatility of AR

The most commonly known use of AR technology is with games. But AR has a treasure trove of uses beyond video games.

Over the coming years, AR applications will become increasingly sophisticated, as devices get more powerful and capable of creating higher quality visuals.

Thus, there will likely be a proliferation of adoption in other industries where its potential is also huge.

Example of an AR project created by students at CodeWiz's AR for Kids camp.
Example of an AR for Kids coding project created by students at CodeWiz’s AR for Kids coding camp.

Here is a list of the industries where AR is slated to have a significant impact in the near future:

Education

With its ability to connect the classroom and the real world, AR could rule the classrooms of the future.

According to a Harvard GSE report, student’s engagement is dropping each year because institutes focus on standardized modes of teaching. The reason might be because they are bored with the traditional ways of teaching.

The high interactivity of AR technology makes it an ideal choice for developing apps for learning purposes. Virtual environments allow students to practice anything from construction to flight to surgery without the risks associated with real-world training.

In their attempt to solve the issue of students’ inattentiveness in class, educators around the globe have already adopted AR in their teaching process. Currently, there are a plethora of educational AR apps available in both the Apple and Google Play stores.

Architecture, Real Estate, Interior Design

This is another sector where there is plenty of room for realizing the technology’s potential. Architects and developers can provide clients with future object demonstrations during the construction process.

Interior designers can immediately estimate the layout of furniture, interior items, color and type of objects corresponding to the client’s wishes. Landscape designers can also find this very useful too.

The Retail and E-commerce

This is an opportunity to change the traditional purchasing process by taking the interaction between the product and the buyer to a totally new level. Sooner than later people will be able to try on clothes (virtually) without physically putting them on.

Having the ability to do a live demonstration with a smartphone to see how an item will look before purchase, is a significant paradigm shift.

Furniture retail giants IKEA has jumped at the opportunity, becoming one of the first retailers to provide a catalog of their products to its customers in AR-format.

With the help of a particular app you can see how the furniture will look like full-size in the interior of your home, removing the need to waste time visiting the store.

The Navigation and the Travel Industry

For travelers who find the typical GPS navigation cumbersome, the use of mobile maps in AR mode will significantly make their traverse easier.

Geolocation integration with an AR Kit will provide a new experience to tourists, who will be able to navigate easily, even in a completely unfamiliar city.

The program will lay virtual dots over the real environment and lead you to your destination like a real guide.

Next Generation Instructions

The usual paper instructions should be replaced by interactive AR-instructions that will simplify the step-by-step process for the ordinary user.

The Creative industry

AR-technologies offer some exciting possibilities for digital artists and other creatives. ‘Ink Hunter,’ the AR-app that allows people to virtually “try on” a tattoo before actually getting a tattoo at the parlor, was included in the list of the best mobile apps according to Apple.

Medicine

AR technologies simplify complex operations and allows visualization of organs in space by demonstrating them using holography. It can also be used for medical diagnostics when using the information obtained with the help of high-precision diagnostic devices for the overlay of data.

Most people still associate augmented reality with entertainment but considering its potential to impact multiple facets of our lives positively, augmented reality is one of the leading technologies that will fuel our future.

This is why we at CodeWiz decided to offer an AR for Kids program in our lineup of summer kids learn to code camps.

In our AR for kids learn to code program, your child won’t only learn how to make cool video games, they will learn concepts and AR tools that will teach them to generally create their own immersive augmented experiences, developing skills that will prepare them to capitalize on one of the most pervasive technologies that will be shaping our future.

Click to see examples of AR for Kids coding projects some of our students built at our last camp.

If you want to get your child from off the couch and in front of the game screen and into a classroom where they’ll learn about one of the most rapidly developing and impactful areas of technology, click here.


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