Carlton kids books are very much turning into some of our favourites in this house. They just have so much choice and something to suit everyone. We're definitely a book loving family and the more unusual the better! You can imagine my son's complete joy then when he received three different augmented reality books to review.
The three books received were; iExplore Predators, iExplore The Brain and Jurassic World Special Edition: From DNA to Indominus Rex! All of these books include a special AR app which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Before we go any further though I thought I best quickly explain what augmented reality is. It's basically the integration of digital information into the user's environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it. Hence why AR usually uses say an iPad camera to show what would look like an object in your room/world around you which wouldn't normally be there.
Each book has it's own intriguing topic so all very different and interesting. Logan wanted to start with the Jurassic World book and after downloading the app onto his iPad we got straight to it. As you can see from the photos there's plenty of reading on each page and some pages have a special AR Activation Page. This means you open the downloaded App, follow the instructions then scan the special Activation Page box and as if by magic a dinosaur will appear on screen and looks like it's in the room with you. My son was totally thrilled with this and spent a good hour flicking through the book and interacting with each AR opportunity. Once he had got to grips with that he then went back and started to read through the pages.
Logan did this with each book as the thought of being able to access AR was really entertaining for him and it put a different spin on what a normal book would usually be. Adding in AR definitely makes a book more exciting and brings it to life right in front of your very eyes. Both the Predators and The Brain books were equally as exciting and fascinating for Logan with the brain scanner allowing you to see what your brain would look like, and the Predators allowing a rattle snake to strike out at you.
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