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A digital pop-up book that can only be read with a webcam
February 4, 2013 | 10:00 am

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...

An overview of site specific literature
July 17, 2011 | 10:05 am

We've all seen tech demos of location aware augmented reality apps in recent years, but what else can be done with this "format"? The writing on a gravestone is also an example of site specific literature, writes Andrew Wilson at The Literary Platform, because it depends on its physical location to create a memory. He continues, "Of course all books make memories, but site specific literature uses 'here' to help make them." Wilson then goes on to examine other possible characteristics of this largely experimental concept of writing, such as it's non-linear, it relies on the real world for world building,...

Augmented reality app could make library shelving easier
March 28, 2011 | 10:41 am

Here’s a neat idea about how handheld tech could help regular librarians. ReadWriteWeb reports that a study group at Miami University has come up with an augmented reality Android app that could allow librarians to tell at a glance when books on library shelves are out of order, by using a built-in camera to read tags attached to the spine of shelved books and superimposing indications of which books are out of place. It will also generate inventory reports. It wouldn’t work for very thin books, such as those found in children’s sections, but could be very helpful for...

MegaReader adds see-through augmented reality background
January 19, 2011 | 2:13 pm

ScreenClip(5)Trouble reading on your iPhone without walking into things? E-book app MegaReader may have you covered. It’s just added a “heads up display” feature, which uses the camera on camera-equipped iPhones (and presumably the iPod Touch 4; earlier Touch owners would be out of luck) to superimpose the text of what you’re reading over a view of what’s in front of you. Whether or not the feature would be useful in “real life” (would being able to see a view through the camera while reading really keep you from running into things?), it does provide an excuse for a...

Augmented reality iPhone app Word Lens translates words in place
December 19, 2010 | 4:53 pm

wordlensOur sister blog Appletell points to an interesting iPhone app that might just point the way to the future of digital translation devices. The app, Word Lens, is an augmented reality app that will translate English words it sees into Spanish words, or vice versa, superimposing the translation in place of the original words on the screen. This brings to reality what digital fansubbers have been doing for a lot of Japanese animation over the last few years: rather than just adding translations as subtitles at the bottom of the screen, they’ve actually been erasing the text of signs,...

Augmented reality and ‘saving’ print media
August 20, 2010 | 2:45 pm

augment ReadWriteWeb has an interesting piece about a German newspaper pairing an issue of its paper with an “augmented reality” iPhone app, so that when the iPhone is held over certain places on the paper it displays content related to the stories in the paper. I tend to think of “augmented reality” as being what you get when you hold the iPhone up and an app superimposes something over the camera view—but then again, this German paper’s app is also location-based, in a sense, so I suppose that’s fair. It’s a clever idea, and reminds me of the “digital...