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Wednesday, 04 January 2012
Bolton School Junior Girls have been getting to grips with the
latest technology, in the form of Augmented Reality books!
These interactive books are the latest addition to the well
stocked library and the girls are having fun meeting dinosaurs,
making pirates walk the plank, and holding fairies in the palm of
Augmented reality is a new technology that allows your webcam to
recognise pages of the book and create 3D animations that come to
life from the pages of your book to provide an enhanced reading
experience. With Augmented Reality, a reader can see text and
images on a page as usual, but they can also see dynamic, 3D
computer graphics "hovering" over the page which they can interact
The reader can see the 3D graphics from whatever point of view
they desire by simply turning the physical book around to see the
model from behind, or manoeuvring the book directly toward them to
see the model from above.
The girls are very excited about these new additions to the
library. Year 6 pupil Thea Simpson said: "I really enjoyed
using the augmented reality books. When you held the book
or a special card up to the webcam, the book came to life on
the screen - it was truly amazing! When you held the card, a fairy
appeared, pirates attacked you and you could even drive a boat
or dodge rainstorms and sharks or islands! When you held the
cannonball up, it could check your targeting skills from the other
ship; which was excellent. We also had monsters and by simply
picking and moving the great white shark card from side to
side in front of the webcam, a gigantic great white shark came
right up to you. It scared the life out of me and my friends.
It was a fun and exciting way to read."
Head of Junior Girls, Mrs Ruth Brierley, said: "Words really
have come to life at Hesketh House with the addition of
'Augmented Reality' books into the Junior School library. The
pupils were very excited at the prospect of being able to watch
sharks and dinosaurs materialising from the pages of these books
whilst engaging with facts and information about them. Whilst the
most magical experience for some of the girls was to have a 'fairy'
float up from the page and settle on their hands. Clearly our
library is going to be as popular a place as ever with these new
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