Augmented Reality Pop-Up Books

by Mark R

Do you remember back in the early nineties when the phrase Virtual Reality got used far too much? Now it appears Augmented Reality is the choice catchphrase of this decade.

Augmented reality has now come out in book form. You might not be able to see this from the photo, but the boy is holding a normal book, but what he is seeing on a live-feed webcam video are the three-dimensional representations of planets and UFOs. Is that cool or what? That sounds like it will delight children of all ages.

These Augmented Reality Pop-Up Books work using a normal webcam and custom piece of camera recognition software that can superimpose images in real-time. This new and impressive piece of tech was first shown at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, but it is something that I would definitely want to see on many a book.

In fact, I wouldn’t mind if every college textbook was wired for this Augmented Reality. It would have made 3-D graphing in my Calculus class a whole lot easier to visualize than those flat graphs in the textbook.

Something tells me we’ll be hearing a lot more about this Augmented Reality in the future, but won’t see it happen for quite a while.


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Take a photo, ID a logo, go to website » Coolest Gadgets Says: October 29, 2008 at 11:08 am

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Walt Says: February 19, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Sigh… I can see from the photo that the child is in fact a girl. How much attention gets paid to these articles? This one is also slightly lacking information to save way for rhetoric in the first paragraph; which I notice emerging as a pattern in these product descriptions. I’m not looking for psuedo-wit, I’m looking for a quick and somewhat comprehensive detailing of these concepts. All I gather is that this book is a virtual pop-up… and that means what exactly? If you need a computer then why the book? Moving pictures… um MOVIES???
Still unsure what this product really is.

bill Says: March 29, 2010 at 4:54 am

Good point. If you need a computer in the first place, you don’t need the book. However I read an article on dvice (through about a S. Korean company creating an AR book which can be used with a special pair of glasses, no computer needed. Of course it will be a while before that becomes mainstream, but the point is the technology is there.

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