3D Augmented Reality Books

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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.

About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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3 Responses to 3D Augmented Reality Books

  1. akmal fuad azman says:

    hello dr. yuen,
    i’m a 16-year old malaysian student and am very interested in the latest technology in education.
    my friends and i are doing a project and participating in a competition for innovative ideas next week. we came up with the idea of a 3D multimedia classroom. it’s basically a classroom fitted with 3D technology where students learn using 3D slides/ movies.
    any thoughts?

  2. halojakarta says:

    Hello there… iam 22 years old…
    iam from indonesia…

    i like with your blog..

    thanks for share…

    best regards


  3. Wow. What else is there to say? This is absolutely impressive. I almost cannot believe that books are going this direction or that it is even possible. Aside from the ‘cool factor,’ these types of books could do wonders for enhancing education, especially for visual learners. For example, I can remember taking Zoology and Biology in college, and it was difficult to wrap my head around all the tiny little organisms and their makeup based on textbook descriptions and a flat picture. Having such an amazing tool like this would have really been beneficial, as I am absolutely a visual learner. I am curious as to how much something like this will cost. As with any technology, surely the more popular they become, the lower the cost will be. If this is what we have to look forward to, I am very excited!

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