It looks like a normal book withápages of bar codes and garbled patterns, but it’s not actually a book. No, it’s way more than that.
The Wonderbook is a powerful storytelling vehicle that uses augmented reality to immerse readers in interactive worlds. How does it work? In a nutshell, the player (or reader, in this case) sits in front of the TV with the book open.áA PlayStation eye camera translates the symbols from the book into scenes onscreen, and the reader uses a Move controller to navigate through the story.
Talk about taking pop-up books to the next level.
The first title for Wonderbook is Book of Spellsáby J.K. Rowling. From the world of Harry Potter, the Book of Spells offers excitingáback-storiesáto spells, lessons, and never before seen mythical creatures. In this story, the Move controller is used like a magic wand, so readers can practice spells such as Expelliarmusáand Wingardium Leviosa. Remember, swish and flick.
Wonderbook’s debut is already receiving a lot of positive feedback, and new titles will be unveiled soon, including releases featuring Diggs Nightcrawler (a detective story), Disney characters and even the BBC’sáWalking WitháDinosaurs.
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