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A digital pop-up book that can only be read with a webcam
Posted By Dan Eldridge On February 4, 2013 @ 10:00 am In augmented reality,books | 2 Comments
Last week, we wrote about an interesting augmented reality app  that was developed with the intention of making a Japanese newspaper, the Tokyo Shimbun, more appealing to children. With the app installed on a smartphone, a child can hold her phone above certain articles, and then watch the screen as kid-friendly content relating to the article is revealed.
Today we bring you an even more unusual augmented reality story, this one a poetry book that only be read with the use of a webcam. Between Page and Screen , appropriately enough, is the book’s title. And instead of text, each page displays a black and white shape that looks not unlike a very basic QR code. If you’d like to read the poetry, you’ll need to hold each page up to your computer’s webcam. Your computer screen will then display a snippet of animated text in such a way that it appears to be popping, hologram-style, right off the page. (For a demonstration, see both of the videos below.)
If you manage to “read” the entire book, you’ll discover something of a love story within; Between Page and Screen is essentially a series of letters written back and forth between two lovers carrying on an affair. (Which begs the question: When are we going to see an AR app for the Fifty Shades of Grey  series? That’s a million-dollar idea, EL James. And it’s all yours. Run with it!)
Written and created by Amaranth Borsuk  and Brad Bouse , the book is currently on sale at Amazon  for $18.21. You can even give it a free test run on your own computer; head over to this page of the book’s website  for instructions.
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 Image: http://www.teleread.com/?attachment_id=78039
 augmented reality app: http://www.teleread.com/newspapers/augmented-reality-app-makes-japanese-newspaper-more-engaging-for-kids/
 Between Page and Screen: http://betweenpageandscreen.com/
 Fifty Shades of Grey: http://www.eljamesauthor.com/books/fifty-shades-of-grey/
 Amaranth Borsuk: http://www.amaranthborsuk.com/
 Brad Bouse: http://bradwearsglasses.com/
 on sale at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Amaranth-Borsuk-Brad-Bouse-Between/dp/0979956285/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&tag=betpagandscr-20
 this page of the book’s website: http://betweenpageandscreen.com/book
 : http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2012/01/27/if-digital-pop-up-books-are-the-future-then-im-going-back-to-clay-tablets/
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