Archive for November 19th, 2010

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The Future of the Book

As I wrote in my last post, books will be different in the future with augmented reality technology.  However, IDEO has different vision for the future of the book.  I think IDEO has a great idea with nice design and innovation.  For now, please take a look at the future of the book through three concepts – Nelson, Coupland, and Alice.   What do you think?  Does IDEO’s vision provoke and inspire your thoughts about the future of reading?

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As I fully expected, books in the future will never be the same.  Today, books go digital as well as online.  In addition, books are now using AR technology.  AR is definitely the next big thing in bridging the gap between the digital and physical world.  Metaio in Germany developed an AR book entitled “The Future Is Wild.”  I think it is quite impressive.  You can learn more about this AR book from the video shown below.

Researchers at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in South Korea came up with the AR pop-up books (Digilog Books) that display 3D characters when the reader is wearing a special pair of glasses.  As shown in the below video, GIST overlaid 3D models onto each page to provide AR experience to readers. The system works in real-time with 30 fps and supports about 300 pages without losing real-time performance.

Also, Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology in Thailand developed a 3D augmented reality textbook on geology.  This AR book teaches students about the different layers of the earth, how are they discovered, how do they related and function, siesmic waves, comparative sizes, and more.

I anticipate that more textbooks will be published with AR technology in the very near future.  I think AR is exciting technology that has great potential of offering students with unique 3D presentation and interaction experience.  It will be appealing to our digital native learners.

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