ARAcupoint - Illustrating Acupoints on Own Face with Augmented Reality Technology
Michael Wai Yeung Chung, Lilian Ka Yin Lo, Wai Kai Wong, Rebecca Kit Ying Lee and Sam Hong Kit Poon
Face acupoints are the specific sites where needles or finger pressures could be applied for health-keeping or therapeutic purposes as proposed in the Chinese Medicine Theory. While teaching of these acupoints are usually demonstrated with student models limitedly in classroom, our team explored the use of Real-time Face Augmented Reality (Face AR) technology to allow self-learning of face acupoint with the own face of the learner. In this pilot study we have created the prototype of a digital face mask with learning contents including face meridian and acupoint are produced with Lens Studio and shared in Snapchat, a free social media app. Two groups of students, including secondary school students with no prior knowledge in acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine major students who are practicing acupuncture, were invited for product trial. It is found that (1) Most of the secondary school students enjoyed and found it easier to learn the location of acupoints by taking selfie (2) Chinese Medicine students found it possible to check site of needling insertion matches the point as in the face mask. It is reveal that the learning content based on Face AR technique could enhance self-learning of both public and professional education. The team is exploring further possibility to include more face related learning content in terms of various disciplines.
Acknowledgement: This pilot study is sponsored by EdVant (edvant.net). Thanks to students from STFA Seaward Woo College and School of Chinese Medicine for participation.