Aurasma by Max Cohee


Aurasma is an augmented reality platform.  Created by HP Autonomy, it is available on both iOS and Android devices.  Aurasma has become very popular on iOS since it was first released for the iPhone on May 5, 2011.  Additionally, it has become popular for classroom use.  But why? Well, in order to understand the uses of this app you must first understand augmented reality.

What is augmented reality?

Augmented reality is described as “a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.”  There are a lot of prototype devices such as goggles and helmets that have overlays that allow you to see small HUDs and such whilst living your life as you would, like google glass.  More simply put, it is something that “augments” (changes/adds to) reality.

Uses in the classroom:

English – create auras of vocabulary cars around the room and have each link to an article or video about the word.

Science – use Aurasma in a lab! Scan auras of elements to learn all about them on a page or video online.

Math – create cards with problems that, when scanned, take you to a page with the answer.

History – create a scavenger hunt of objects that have to be found in order to be taken to pages with information that should be gathered and recorded for the activity.

Foreign Language – use paintings by foreign artists as auras to learn about the author.



-Open Source


-Start of many apps of it’s kind


-Dreadfully slow


-Limited default overlays


Overall, the Aurasma app is pretty much the first of it’s kind.  Therefore, it is given that it should have its fair share of hindrances, such as speed and crashing.  But it does what it need to do.  Personally I do not like this app as a classroom app as I feel it would be best suited in another department because all it would really do is complicate activities and such with its complex set up and scanning process.  But for an augmented reality app, and the first of it’s kind, it performs well.