5 Virtual and augmented reality engineering
Keeping Pace With edTech: The Top Educational Technology Trends
Education is increasingly becoming high tech. All the things that arehappening in the world of technology are directly impacting education andlearning systems. Why this is bound to happen, how our teachers, learners, andeducation systems as a whole are keeping pace with them, is a big concern.Here we are going to introduce 6 high tech approaches to education.
4. Virtual And Augmented Learning Experiences
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have come as s big boost to onlineeducation. Thanks to VR and AR learners can actually get an immersive learningexperience without needing to move their legs too much. If you want to learnabout space objects just by running a 3D space video on your VR headgear, youcan float in space while a background voice continues depicting you the MilkyWay in detail. Similarly, real-time broadcasting of critical surgicaloperations allows medical students to learn through a more immersiveexperience.
6. Learning Analytics
Thanks to the increasing pace of high tech adoption of the educational system,learning data is increasingly becoming important to drive decisions and makedecision-making procedures easier. The huge volume of education informationand data give birth to learning analytics, as it is increasingly important toassess and evaluate student engagement, traction, and learning output. In thenear future, we can see learning analytics warning teachers about certainissues, warning students about deadlines and their progress, etc. Eventually,learning systems will dictate the way education is remitted by teachers andexperienced by learners. Learning analytics will boost learner engagement ineducation more than anything else.
There were 277,500 mechanical engineers in 2014, making an average of $83,590per year. More than 14,000 such jobs are expected to be added to that total by2024. One promising development for mechanical engineers is the rise of theInternet of Things, the vast network of interconnected devices and sensors.From networked home appliances to embedded infrastructures in factories, therecould be 26 billion installed IoT units by 2020, according to IT research firmGartner. This surge presents numerous opportunities for mechanical engineersto design and maintain the necessary IoT hardware and software.
Biomedical engineers have a particularly robust career outlook into the 2020s.The total number of positions in the field is expected to exceed 27,000 by2024, for a 23 percent gain from the 2014 level – much faster than the averagegrowth rate for all professions in the U.S. Average salary was over $86,000.An aging global population, combined with the increasing sophistication ofmedical devices (e.g., network connectivity) has created a major opening forbiomedical engineers in the years ahead. These professionals will be called onto develop the medical technology needed to treat patients at a far greaterscale than ever before.
Electrical engineers design and build the critical components of variouscommunications systems and infrastructure, including computing devices such aslaptops and smartphones. They have a very high median wage, at $95,230 peryear.While the sector is not expected to add many jobs until 2024, employment inthe field is already high at over 315,000 jobs as of 2014. Changes inmanufacturing employment will affect future opportunities for electricalengineers. The expansion of the IoT may be a windfall to electrical engineers,who will be instrumental in designing the circuitry of IoT devices.
1. Robotics engineering
The “rise of the robots” is an important topic in the future of labor andproductivity. The International Federation of Robotics has estimated that by2018, 1.3 million industrial robots will have entered service in factoriesworldwide. Robots can perform many common work-related tasks previously doneonly by humans, such as assembling complex electronics and helping withsurgery.Accordingly, robotics engineers are set to be in significant demand as theirfield expands and what the IFR calls a “fourth industrial revolution” unfolds.They ought to be experts in: * Industrial design. * Robot behavior control. * Social implications of robotics. * Autonomous robots. * Robot applications research. * Mechanical maintenance. * Algorithm creation.Bachelor and master’s degree programs can help develop these skills. There isalso significant overlap with computer science as well as mechanical andelectrical engineering. Robotics engineers will be important contributors tothe IoT.
3. Data science and computational engineering
Many emerging engineering professions combine classical elements of mechanicaland electrical engineering with principles from relatively new fields such ascomputer programming and data analytics. Computational engineering is a primeexample of this combination.Computational engineers have cross-disciplinary expertise (includingelectrical engineering, mathematics, data science, and computer science) thatenables them to address problems using statistical modeling, computeralgorithms, and other techniques derived from working large data sets. Theseprofessionals could work in fields such as: * Transportation. * Energy. * Physics. * Data science.
5. Virtual and augmented reality engineering
In recent years, virtual and augmented reality have become top priorities fortechnology firms such as Facebook (which acquired VR headset maker Oculus),Google, and Apple. VR/AR involves using a visor or display to project newimagery on top of what someone would see with his or her naked eyes.VR/AR has many applications in a field such as gaming and advertising. Marketsand Markets has estimated that the VR market alone could be worth $33.9billion by 2022, up from just over $1 billion in 2015. Engineers with hardwareand software expertise will be in high demand to create the next generation ofVR/AR devices for consumers and businesses.There are many such exciting opportunities available for today’s engineeringstudents. UCR offers a convenient and flexible online degree program inengineering, with specializations available in mechanical, environmental, andelectrical engineering, as well as data science, materials at nanoscale, andbioengineering. Visit our program page to learn more today.
So, what are AR and VR technologies?
In simple words…Virtual reality is which takes you to a whole new virtual world. And, theAugmented reality is which bring computer-generated perceptual objects andinformation into the existing real world.Virtual reality is around for a while, and it is very popular among 3D gamers.But, in 2021 it gonna be the mainstream in most industries like architecture,education, real estate, medical, and space research.And, when you play ‘Pokemon Go’ game and see your face through Snapchat-lens’face-filters are the most familiar examples of Augmented Reality.
Data Visualization Through AR/VR
Dataviz in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) might be the nextmajor use case, with examples of three-dimensional data visualizations—whichcan help build models, supplement maps, develop games, virtual events, etcetera—indicating big changes in the way we interact with data.Experts anticipate the market size of augmented VR to be worth around US$209bnglobally by 2022, which is indicative, again, of the enormous potential ofanalytics and data visualization.It’s worth pointing out that new chart types are emerging within VR, whichprovides a more organic interaction with data. With the help of datavisualization, VR enables us to touch information as if it’s real, resultingin accurate data analysis and faster decisions.
Data from smart traffic systems, automobiles with augmented reality, and othersmart platforms, will overlay our physical surroundings in the future, causingdata to be visualized more.Smart traffic systems, for example, help foresee traffic bottlenecks a fewhours prior to commute. They also forecast public transport shortages whileguiding commuters to handle possible congestions in their routes. AR inautomobiles would improve safety by overlaying key information for the driverwithin the line of sight, making them aware of possible risks in their routes,providing emergency alerts and more.Smart devices not only contribute to a proliferation of data but also make itessential to analyze it.With data being more readily available, user’s expectations of theeffectiveness of data will also increase. Data visualization will help detectabnormalities, trends and spikes in data.