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A trip around the globe
How much do we know about the impressive planet we all live in? Now, you can take an epic trip around the globe through space and time with our EARTH model and corresponding app.
An interactive timeline
EARTH is the first-ever augmented reality-enabled globe that lets you see our planet’s changes across history. Just open the app and point your phone’s camera at the model for a deeply immersive learning experience.
The app displays information on several in-depth categories:
Ever wondered how many gallons of water are in the ocean?
With EARTH you can track geology, to study the formation and evolution of our physical planet.
Curious about what animals inhabited your country 1,000 years ago?
With EARTH you can track the migration and habitats of animals past and present.
And much more!
Control EARTH with your voice
While you explore the globe with your hands, use our smart voice technology—named Gaea, powered by Microsoft LUIS—to direct the app and discover a wealth of information about earth.
Here are a couple questions you can ask Gaea across the various categories. Just say "Hey Gaea!" and ask away...
Or, get Gaea to navigate you around the app!
- Hey Gaea, show me the areas of temperate grassland around the globe.
- Hey Gaea, let's leave the animal section and see the Earth's structure.
Using art, technology, and science to educate
Beyond the physical globe of EARTH, the AstroReality App contains a wealth of scientific knowledge selected to show our planet as a dynamic and interconnected system. This knowledge was developed by researchers from around the world and made public for us to share with you. AstroReality’s developers are working with our science advisor, J.R. Skok, PhD, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, to put the stories of EARTH into your hands.
Here is Dr. Skok sharing a taste of just one of the many datasets that we can explore with EARTH.
Who is EARTH for?
We made the EARTH experience incredibly easy to use for everyone—from schools who want to adopt the latest technology for their students, to everyday knowledge-seekers, to model collectors, and enthusiasts.
EARTH in the real world
How EARTH is made
We use poly resin density, 3D printing, and paint pigment ratios to create EARTH. Then, we refine our models to ensure the surface details—ocean, land, mountains—are clearly visible
EARTH is made with an eco-friendly paint and production process. 3D printing is extremely precise, and levels down to 0.05 millimeters—printing error has a precision of 0.025 millimeters, printing resolution reaches 4000 DPI, and up to 0.006 millimeter per pixel. We then finish with a hand painted layer on every single unit.
We have done this before!
EARTH comes after our first successful project of a detailed replica of the moon—LUNAR. Hailed as “the best way to learn about the moon without actually visiting it” by Gizmodo—and praised by the likes of WIRED, Mashable, and The Next Web—LUNAR allowed users to explore and learn about the moon’s rocky surface.
EARTH follows LUNAR’s AR experience, but this time with many new features and rich visualization from authentic datasets. Below is lunar and planetary scientist Georgiana Kramer explaining her experience with LUNAR.
Why we built EARTH
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.
Who are we?
The team behind EARTH is AstroReality—a collective of scientists, astronomy enthusiasts, designers, and tech geeks, who are deeply committed to using innovative and creative technology to shape the way people interact with science.
We love Kickstarter, because the community shares our passion for astronomy and science—which we've seen from the abundance of creative space projects across the platform.
We believe information about the planet—past, present, and future—should be for everyone. To share our knowledge and passion about the planet with as many people as possible, we thought the democratic nature of a crowdfunding campaign would be a perfect fit. We're excited to bring together a community that celebrates learning about our planet using art and innovative technology!
Risks and challenges
We know there are always risks with producing a product. However, as we mentioned, we've created a similar model before and are familiar with the production process.
This Kickstarter campaign will help move forward the development of our AstroReality app for EARTH—working with AR + AI is always a longer process! In case there are any delays, we will certainly keep you updated.
Should anything happen with production or development, our backers will be the first to know!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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