Understanding the Movement of Biochemical Structures with Augmented Reality
Universidad de las Américas PueblaJennifer Shin2018-07-17T12:07:47+00:00
Meet Lenin Dominguez-Ramirez at Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico
Lenin Dominguez-Ramirez teaches biochemistry at Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico. Often times, his students have a difficult time imagining the shape, structure, and movement of complex biochemical structures since the representations are usually in 2D. To help with this, Dominguez finds or creates these molecular models on UCSF Chimera and links them to Augment’s custom trackers so students can then scan and view these 3D models in the real time and the real environment.
Dominguez designed a folded cube that has a different tracker to each of the faces. This creative design enables students to make connections among each set of trackers and to manipulate the cube to view different angles of the molecular structure. Now students can easily understand the movement and the biochemical structures from small biomolecules to large bionanomachines.
Augment allows for models to be updated and improved upon without students having to continuously print new pages. This allows for students to have the most up-to-date information regarding each molecule. Also, by finding available models online (TurboSquid, 3D Warehouse, and more here) and through UCSF Chimera, teachers like Dominguez can reduce the time needed to build 3D models. This also enables teachers and students without CAD experience to easily use Augment.