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  • Writer's pictureMelody Khair

Digital Age Kids and Augmented Reality

Updated: Sep 26, 2018

Change is coming — and it’s in the form of the widespread implementation of augmented reality. Augmented reality(AR) technology makes it possible to add digital elements to a live video, superimposing a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world to provide an enhanced virtual experience. Cool, right?

But as a parent, your main concern is probably making sure that your child has the most safe, useful, and constructive AR experience possible.

Today’s digital age kids, currently 15 years old and under, have grown up surrounded by technology their whole lives. They’ve been exposed to all sorts of new technological developments, and many of them have had access to smartphones, social media, games, and the internet since they were very young. For these kids, obtaining digital literacy is an integral part of education, and this includes familiarizing themselves with cross reality technology.

Cross Reality(XR) technology, which refers to any form of digitally mediated reality, including virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, etc., will soon be a regular part of life. In short, digital age kids will live, breathe, and work within this technology as if it has always been there. The crucial point for parents is to be able to navigate XR environments and successfully provide kids with the best possible experience. The best way to expose your kid to XR is through mobile AR apps. Unlike virtual reality, which requires expensive, heavy headsets and can be disorienting, AR is easy to use and can be accessed on most mobile devices.

Perhaps you’re still skeptical about the value of AR. After all, isn’t it used mostly in video games?

It’s true that games have brought a lot of attention to AR. Pokémon Go created a huge craze and brought fame to the technology. Beyond video games, however, AR is being adopted for many real and useful applications. It’s used in medicine and retail, and museums around the world have begun to incorporate AR into their displays. In fact, AR applications are being discussed in schools, as using this kind of tech brings a new level of engagement and a more immersive and interactive experience to the classroom.

Sure, some potential uses of AR may sound like something out of a far-fetched sci-fi novel, but the reality is that we’ll be seeing a lot more of it, especially when it comes to learning. This technology has the power to combine education with entertainment, a feature that becomes especially important when dealing with digital age kids. AR makes learning more interesting, interactive, and real, and captures people’s attention more than traditional learning methods do. The benefits of AR mean that whatever your child’s first AR experience is, it’s likely to be very captivating.

Through AR, concepts can come to life, and as a parent, you want to take advantage of the engagement created in order to provide an opportunity for growth and instruction for you child. A great way to ensure that your child’s first AR experience is positive is to use an app that mixes educational, creative, and entertainment aspects together.

Our team at Music.iLuv uses the latest research on learning and education and applies it to AR, allowing kids to think creatively while learning how to play and practice music in an engaging environment. We’re more than a practice app. We provide a space for people to create and take ownership of their music. If you’re interested in hearing more about this free app, sign up for our newsletter on our website,, and keep up with our updates as we prepare to launch our app in July!

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