Build your own

Building your own AR Sandbox

Here you will find detailed information on what you will need to build your own AR Sandbox: suggested hardware, software required, and how to calibrate your sandbox prior to use. The calibration and initial software setup contain helpful videos. Be sure to consult our forum for additional help.

There are also step-by-step installation instructions, starting from a blank PC, at the AR Sandbox support forum, including a video.





We politely ask that you display a small plaque on or near any publicly visible AR Sandbox that you construct, to give credit for development of the original algorithms and code, and acknowledge the federal research grant that funded its development. Here is a template paragraph:

  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

If you want to use the KeckCAVES logo, we have two versions (portrait and landscape) available for download in high resolution:

KeckCAVESLogo KeckCAVESLogoSideways

For dark backgrounds:

Dark Background

We also have a printable QR code that takes viewers directly to the Augmented Reality Sandbox page: