Students Elushika Weerakoon, Paola Rangel, and Uijun Park's Kiwi, a mobile application scanner for physical textbooks that enhances the reading experience for high school students, has been selected as one of very few university projects to be funded as part of the 2016-2017 Verizon Challenge.
In partnership with NYC Media Lab, Verizon has awarded $200,000 to university teams for the creation of new prototypes within three topic areas: augmented and mixed reality, conversational interfaces, and the Internet of Things.
Kiwi was selected in the augmented and mixed reality topic area as it considers how we might create an immersive learning experience for high-school students. Students can use Kiwi to collect content, of their physical textbooks. All they have to do is scan the icon on the page with the app. Depending on the icon, the student can highlight, share, add notes, watch videos and experience augmented reality.
Verizon launched the Connected Futures Prototyping and Talent Development program, now in its second year, to invest in cutting-edge prototyping in emerging media technologies.