DIY Kit: Augmented Reality Sandbox


This fantastic DIY Kit includes everything you need to build your own tabletop AR Sandbox exhibit (besides the sand and sandbox). We provide instructions on how to construct your own sandbox - or you may build your own custom box.

The DIY Kit includes:

  • Flat Packed Equipment Stand
  • Desktop PC with AR Sandbox Software pre installed. The open-source software was designed by a team of scientists at UC-Davis.*
  • Viewsonic Short Throw Projector
  • Kinect Depth Sensor
  • All cables, connectors and hardware required for use
  • Detailed assembly instructions, step by step build video, calibration video, Sandbox Construction Instructions
  • Free over the phone support
  • Manufacturer's Warranty on electronic components

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The flat packed Equipment Stand parts and main components.

*The Augmented Reality Sandbox was developed by the UC Davis W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES,, supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL 1114663. For more information, please visit


  • Weather Controls

    Control water/lava, rain/drought with the included keyboard, or make it rain with your hand.

  • Planet Controls

    Select between an Earth & Mars layout.

  • Software

    User-friendly software comes preinstalled & ready to use. Idea Fab Labs' easy to use apps sit on top of the AR Sandbox software and make the set-up, use and calibration a breeze.

  • Easy Assembly

    Detailed instructions and a simple build process make the assembly easy.


Note: Sandbox and sand not included
(we recommend 50+ lbs of Sandtastik).

  • Microsoft Kinect

    Senses the changes made in the sandbox.

  • Projector

    Displays the map.

  • Computer

    Comes with keyboard, mouse, and AR software installed.

  • Instructions

    For assembling, setting up and calibrating your DIY AR Sandbox Kit.

  • Equipment Stand

    Flat packed table top equipment stand ready to assemble.


  • Built in the USA

    Designed & manufactured in Santa Cruz, CA.

  • Dimensions

    22.5”W • 26”D • 53”H

  • Materials

    1" expanded PVC, acrylic.

  • Power Requirements

    120 volt AC

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Customer Testimonial:

“Schreder Planetarium received grants and support from friends to purchase an Augmented Reality Sandbox from Idea Fab Labs and our visitors are thrilled! We have several major interactive exhibits at the planetarium but the Sandbox is the hit by far. Both kids and adults enjoy changing the landscape and watching the elevation colors instantly change to match the new land forms.

Sometimes I just let them do this for awhile as they oooh and ahhh before I tell them about the rain feature. Once they fill their watersheds with “water” their wonder increases even more. In our world these landscapes can be on any planet, which makes the lava function a terrific fit for us. More than once a visitor has said that the Sandbox alone is worth the price of admission. We opted to keep the workings exposed and the wood natural for a more industrial-technological feel. Maintenance has been easy with almost all sand staying in the box. The bit that is spilled is caught by the exterior trough. ”

-Nate Fairchild
Director of Science Programs
Shasta County Office of Education