Augmented Reality Visor

Augmented Reality Books

Augmented Reality Visor

Augmented Reality Books

The UK publisher Carlton, has launched the world's first augmented reality (AR) book series featuring titles such as Fairyland Magic, Dinosaurs Alive and Sharks: Monsters of the Deep.

When the readers opens the dinosaur book and holds it in front of a webcam attached to a computer, a live image feed on the screen displays a small three dimensional Tyranosaurus Rex walking across the page. When the readers opens the shark book and holds it in front of the webcam, the screen fills with water inhabited by various animated sharks appear, alongside information about each species.

Augmented Reality Books

Augmented Reality Books

The user views the scene through a virtual diving mask. With the Fairyland Magic book readers can encourage a virtual fairy to land on a floral card held in the palm of their hand.

The technology behind the books is provided by a software package called D-Fusion from Total Immersion, a French Augmented Reality software house. Total Immersion has developed a stable technology that can recognise a piece of printed matter such as a book page layout (even if some of it is obscured by the fingers and thumbs gripping the book), and then superimpose pre-programmed three dimensional imagery on the computer's camera feed.

Holding the book open in front of a laptop's built-in webcam is a little unwieldy when you need to activate keyboard commands and the experience will be improved with the introduction of Augmented Reality Visors.

Total Immersion has many more ideas in the pipeline. Eventually, readers will be able interact verbally with the animated characters they conjure up, though voice recognition.

These Augmented Reality books work as standalone books (they are commissioned and written no differently from any others). The technology is only an added attraction.



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