About literature and augmented realities

In today’s world, suffused with technology’s blue glow, books hearken back to a time when thoughts were more linear than they are in these hyperlinked days. A mere collection of bound pages may no longer suffice for entertainment in the information age. That is where augmented reality (AR) books come in. We are talking books, plus.

Plus what exactly? Most commonly, extra visuals. The standard visual method of augmentation is to use a web cam and custom software to make animations appear on a live screen image of a book. This year saw the launch of a few commercially available AR books, such as Fairyland Magic from Carlton Books and Tyrone the Clean’o’saurus from Salariya Publishing. These books, aimed at children, overlay pages with 3D images. An enthusiast for children’s books myself, I decided to try them out.

From: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2010/11/storytelling-20-open-your-books-to-augmented-reality.html

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June 9, 2011. Uncategorized.

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