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New concept for applying augmented reality to books


Augmented reality is a technique that is often applied to travel and navigation applications on smartphones and tablets. In these apps, the idea is to point the camera to a landmark, and get information about the object on the screen. A prototype augmented reality application by Convivial Studio turns this concept completely around: a printed book is enhanced by digital animation.
augmented reality app with a book
Convivial Studio has developed a clever concept where a printed book (with some extra features that help the application) can display animation. The animation is produced by a computer, and projected onto a book page by a LCD projector. The really amazing trick in the application is that you can move the book, but the animation stays (and plays) on its designated position on the page.

View the short video that shows the augmented reality application in action:

Augmented projection book prototype from Paul Ferragut.

How was it done? The pages of the book have marks that are recognized by the Kinect device. The Kinect is usually connected to a Xbox game machine, but since the Kinect is a motion detection, tracking and recognition device, it is used in this augmented reality app to track movement of the book and pages.

Once the computer connected to the Kinect gets information that a page with specific marks has been detected, it can project the animation via the projector to the page.

This application is a prototype, and not practical for real use, but it is not in too distant future when, for instance, 3D goggles should be able to do the same thing.

Soon, the first book with animated cover image may be available in bookstores


Technology is a funny thing in a sense that if something is possible, someone will do it, and someone else will use the invention in a way that the inventor never could imagine. GIF image is an example of this. The picture format was one of the earliest images computers could display before the Internet reached every home and pocket. GIFs were almost forgotten, until someone realized it was fairly easy to use GIF to create simple animations. Now, GIF animations are displayed in every social media channel.

Since books have cover images, and they are digital, it is possible to create an animated GIF image and use it as the book cover. Some readers regard it as an excellent idea, whereas others believe any kind of moving image breaks every possible rule in a sacred product called book.

Everyone is entitled to his and her opinion, but irrespective of your opinion, we encourage you to spend a few minutes and explore book covers that have been animated by Henning M. Lederer. Some of the cover images are so magical and to the point that we are wondering why this hasn’t been invented earlier. All sample covers are for nonfiction books.

Here is Henning M. Lederer’s video with 55 animated book covers:

The Creatorsproject reported.