Gift Idea for Kids: Augmented Reality Books

These days, smart is the new in. There are smartphones, smart TVs, smart refs, and even smart books!

Smart Books

Yes, smart books indeed! These actually look like normal books but provide an augmented reality through the use of a tablet or a smartphone.

Just recently, I was given a chance to try out these 2 smart books by ALZZAM Education, a company based in Korea.

Augmented Reality Books

3D Coloring Magic

The kids got excited with the colouring book so we tried it first. Inside, there are 10 sea animals to bring to life. The first page provides a colorful overview of these animals and their prescribed colour.

3D Coloring Book: Contents

Don’t worry if you don’t colour nicely on the first try as there are 2 pages for each sea creature.

3D Coloring Book: Coloring Page

Wow boys, wow.

Busy boys

You have to download the AREVO OCEAN app to be able to use the augmented reality part. This is available for free in the App Store and in Google Play. You can also see that there are more in this series like the AREVO DINO and the AREVO BIRD.

AREVO OCEAN App

Ta-da!! Here’s my work of art! I couldn’t very well present the boys’ work as my demo so I did my own. These were done with Prismacolors, by the way. Also, the book says that the app works best if you use coloured pencils. I did try another page with crayons and it worked just fine. Just be sure to not colour over the picture lines so the scanner can still “read” it.

Lionfish

And here’s my lionfish coming to life! It’s so amazing! Of course, still photos don’t do it justice. Watch the video below! 🙂

Lionfish coming to life!

Just to show you how it will look, I took this photo when I’ve only partially coloured the page. It looks as it is in paper. The uncoloured parts remain black and white while the coloured ones have colour.

Partially colored lionfish

And here’s the video of it coming to life. Through the app, you can also listen to a short narration about the sea creature, see sample coloured images, see the sample coloured image in 3D, or take a photo and save it into your device.

Evo Bird

The second book is equally fun and richly informative. It’s a hard-bound full-colour book that features 12 different bird species to learn about.

EVO BIRD

Each spread features a specific bird with colourful photos and all the pertinent information about it.

Pages inside

As with the colouring book, this too needs an app to fully see the augmented reality. You can download the EVO BIRD app for free in the App Store or in Google Play.

EVO BIRD App

Here’s my ostrich lifting off of the flat book! Do check the video below to better appreciate it. 🙂

The ostrich coming to life

Through the app, you can control the bird, play its sound, show its habitat, show bird videos, and even play fun games and puzzles.

Where to Buy

The kids truly enjoyed playing and learning with these 2 books. I’m sure yours will too!

The 3D Coloring book retails at P350 while the EVO Bird is at P700.

You may check out these books and other great finds at Kidoozi.com

Time to do your Christmas shopping! 🙂

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