Bringing Books to Life
Templar Publishing has released the U.K.’s first book to be enhanced with augmented reality.
Templar Publishing has released the U.K.’s first book to be enhanced with augmented reality. Using a webcam and a software plug-in developed by Total Immersion, owners of Drake’s Comprehensive Compendium of Dragonology will be able to access the special feature by holding up a particular page to their computer screen. The software uses markers on the page as spatial reference points, allowing it to draw a 3-D model of a dragon above the image of the book on screen. Owners can rotate the book to view the dragon from different angles as it moves and roars.
Credit: Joshua Scott
Product: Drake’s Comprehensive Compendium of Dragonology
Cost: Approximately $24.00
Companies: Templar, Total Immersion
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