Continuing to bring the latest in mobile technology to the student experience, Blackboard Inc. announced today the addition of augmented reality (AR) to its leading Blackboard Mobile™ Central platform, currently used by hundreds of institutions worldwide. The company is also announcing the launch of Explorer for iPhone, a free standalone app that leverages the same interface to allow iPhone users anywhere to explore the world around them with augmented reality.
Blackboard Mobile's augmented reality interface leverages the iPhone's camera, GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to let users explore and learn about places around them. With a tap, students can find the nearest computer labs, navigate a dormitory complex or even see a bus blocks away moving in real time through their device camera lens. By pointing their smartphone at a campus building, users can also find out its name, significance, hours of operations and historical information.