Toys++: Augmented reality embodied agents as tools to learn by building

Luca Simeone, Salvatore Iaconesi

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This paper presents a prototype for an augmented-reality based toy. Toys++ is grounded on the
concept that the actual activity of building tangible artifacts can speed up learning processes. Toys ++ aims at
assembling a framework that will allow the use of existing physical components of the toy as triggers. When
the toy is placed under the webcam, a pre-trained 3D feature recognition system scans the entire figure,
trying to identify some specific components. If any of these elements are recognized, the system will retrieve
and show educational content from selected sources (texts, videos, pictures).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICALT
Publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Augmented reality
  • Education tools


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