Authors in Finland have published the world’s first interactive 3D animations story book for children.
The story of The Dibidogs and the Lost Princess is already familiar to many television viewers in Finland, but the popular series is now being retold in a unique book form and according to articles in the Finnish media, the book offers children an innovative new experience when reading.
In its appearance the book is like any other, but for readers who have a webcam and PC suitable for 3D game graphics, the animated Dibidog can be brought alive and transformed into a 3D character.
If the book is read with the use of a webcam and PC display, an animated character will appear on top of a marker on a page. By changing the movement of the webcam the 3D character will act and react in different ways and can be seen to jump, roll or move as if growling.
The image always looks directly at the camera creating a real impression that the reader is there. The book uses the latest augmented reality technology which was uniquely developed by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
Research Professor Charles Woodward from VTT told Alpha Galileo: “International magazines have already used some AR elements previously, but they have typically been based on 2D video image. What makes Dibidogs unique is the use of animated 3D computer graphics and in particular, the interaction between the user and the 3D character.”
The first edition of the book is in Finnish, but an English edition is expected to be published in 2011.