An augmented reality app featuring a view of our planet has passed its crowdfunding goal in just a couple of hours.
The AstroReality app, called Earth, has raised more than double the amount projected, $79,430 on Kickstarter. The project’s $30,000 goal still has a little over a month to go. It comes with a physical globe that ties in with the app’s capabilities.
The app’s Kickstarter page says, “Just open the app and point your phone’s camera at the model for a deeply immersive learning experience,”
Earth incorporates data on creatures, plants, geology, nature, human sciences, and meteorology.
“Earth’s technology takes you through time to explore our planet’s rich geographic history, along with the current state of our world due to climate change, natural disasters and more,” the page added.
Users can also explore the globe using a smart voice technology called Gaea. To activate it, users simply need to state, “Hello, Gaea!” and make inquiries, for example, “How many people live in New York City?”. In collaboration with J.R. Skok, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, the science facts were compiled.
“We’re passionate about our planet — it’s the only home we have. Unfortunately, Earth is going through irreversible changes that are forever changing the surface of everything we know — from global warming and glacial recession to the extinction of its animals and wildlife,”
“We hope that educating everyone about the effects we have on our planet from fossil fuels, pollution and more will ignite a conscious change and passion for bettering the world as we know it,” the AstroReality team, who created the Earth app, wrote on Kickstarter.
This is the second successful project crowdfunded by this group. The first one was a detailed augmented reality replica of the moon, called Lunar. That project quintupled its original fundraising goal, pulling in $214,064.