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Children in Ukraine will learn about explosives using AR

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Dutch company Fectar has developed an application that should help Ukrainian children learn to recognize mines. This interactive application uses refined reality (AR) that uses holographic displays to educate users (primarily intended for children) about various explosives. The lessons on explosives in which are available in the application were made by Charles Valentine.

Valentine, who is normally a soldier in the demining unit, wrote a recent article about the war in Ukraine. In it, he appealed for help identifying and cleaning explosives and various ammunition on the ground. "About 30% of the ammunition does not explode, but it is still in the ground. This poses a great danger to the population."

The lessons on explosives available in the app stem from the question Valentine asked himself: "How can we help the Ukrainian people in demining their country when 30% of the ammunition has never exploded, but is still where it fell?"

In his search for a solution, he ran into Fectar, a Dutch company that deals with virtual (VR) and refined reality (AR). He saw the potential that the AR/VR applications of this Dutch team have and within their application made an interactive 3D lesson for mine recognition. This created a learning tool that saves the lives of children and people in war zones.


The current goal of the app is to reach at least 15,000 people. The Ukrainian organization "Terra Pyra" will launch training to provide education in the application throughout Ukraine. They will use community centers and online training to introduce residents and their children to the way AR works on their cell phones. Fecar's free app is specifically designed to provide refined reality even on older smartphones with a slow internet connection.

A more realistic approach

This is the first AR application used to display the dangers of unexploded explosives. It shows 3D models of different types of ammunition and explosives. During the lesson, children will learn what mines look like in real life and how dangerous it is to touch them. In doing so, AR technology contributes to a better learning experience. Unlike VR, where users "enter" a fully digital world, with AR users overlap digital information and 3D models across the real world surrounding them. In doing so, the hologram of the teacher helps the user, establishing contact with them, thus enabling better and more direct education. In addition, the application tracks the learning process during use, which can then be better adapted to the course participant.

Why AR?

AR provides a safe learning environment, leading to better success and understanding. Not only does it allow students to absorb their knowledge better and faster, but it also allows them to learn in a much more natural and intuitive way. Unlike traditional education which is more passive and uses abstract concepts and hard-to-understand theory, AR allows users to find themselves in "real" situations that they can then explore further interactively. This affordable and safe way of learning leads to significantly better results.