WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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environments within the next two years," she says. "With these technologies, complicated concepts could become accessible to people of all ages. I am particularly excited by the potential VR and AR have to make the invisi- ble visible. What if children could take a field trip into a bacterial or a human cell? What if they could see energy, electricity, or radio waves? What if they could see historical arti- facts within their original context? Perhaps children could explore topics that in the past have been considered too complicated or too abstract for children to learn." Wellesley College itself has been an early adopter of enhanced reality technologies through the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, led by founder Shaer. Among the projects undertaken has been using Google Glass head-mounted displays to make novice researchers in wet laborato- ries (those labs dealing with chemicals and other materials in liquid form) more effi- 125 s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Perhaps children could explore topics that in the past have been considered too compli- cated or too abstract for children to learn.

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