Rapid technological progress creates countless opportunities for teaching and research. The research project ELIXIER approached these developments from May 2016 to October 2018. Together with the Bauhaus Universität Weimar, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology as well as the companies LD Didactic and Walk Engineering, Archimedes has been working on the digitization of laboratory environments. The main goal of the project was to develop a so-called “Seamless Smart Lab” for chemistry, neurobiology and electric mobility. By means of “Smart Objects”, sensors, tangible surfaces and augmented reality components, laboratories should be transformed to a hybrid of real and virtual learning environments, opening up new approaches to research and teaching.
To this end Archimedes constructed an exhibit, which depicts the functioning of electric vehicles and allows the users – students or apprentices – to take action themselves and learn interactively. The capabilities are not restricted to the educational sectors, also museums or companies may use the demonstrator to illustrate the complex technical processes of electric mobility, to minimize health risks or to prepare and evaluate the content.
ELIXIER was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. For more information click here.