From Signal Garden research, Atom Visualizer enables you to view and explore atomic models in augmented reality with the help of Google Arcor.
Please note: Atomic Visualizer requires Google Arcore and a compatible Android device ARCore is not supported by all devices.
The Atom Visualizer brings science home and in the classroom – what is everything around us made of?
Atom Visualizer is a valuable educational tool that helps start answering this question and is easy enough to use even in kindergarten.
Many of us understand the basic structure of an atom: a nucleus with protons and neutrons, surrounded by electrons. But how are these electrons organized? How do they go? What do they look like?
Scientists and science teachers use two common models to answer this question and to visualize molecules:
The Bohr model orbits the atom and presents it electronically as a nucleus. It helps us to understand the energy levels of electrons and how they interact with the nucleus.
The quantum mechanical model represents the atom with an electronic cloud. This helps us to understand the possible position of electrons in relation to the nucleus.
Atom Visualizer uses augmented reality to create 3D animated visualizations of these two models in the real world – using only your camera.
Launching the application starts your camera …
Tap the plus button and choose any one of the 118 in the periodic table to create a 3D animated atomic model.
Place the atom wherever you want it and see it through your screen.
Adjust animation speed with slider.
Switch between 3D animated visualization of the atom with the Bohr model – a nucleus with orbital electrons, or a quantum mechanical model – complete with random animated electron clouds
Learn more about the elements through the Wikipedia links.
UNM NSF Step 2017: Signal Garden, Inc.
Jonathan Barendt was designed and built in just eight weeks during his National Science Foundation STEP 2017 internship at Signal Garden as part of the Atom Visualizer NSF Stem Talent Extension Program. Chief Engineer of Tango Solar Simulator).
Jonathan studied computer science at the University of New Mexico.
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