Augmented reality is having a moment. Apps like Quiver, for example, can transform pages of a coloring book into living animations—where wheels spin, birds take flight, and fire-breathing dragons come to life. Other augmented reality apparitions rely on the use of glasses or a visor, like Google Glass or Microsoft’s HoloLens.
What’s different about Convivial’s new alternate-reality setup is that it doesn’t require any interaction with special devices on the part of the user. That, and it’s completely DIY.
Instructions to build the augmented reality book are hosted on Instructables. The main components involved in the setup are a PC, projector, and Xbox Kinect camera. The project also requires programming knowledge, as it requires use of the openFrameworks library in order to link “scenes” to “AR markers”. The project is just another application of 3D projection-mapping, whose popularity has exploded over the last few years, with practitioners such as Dandypunk, Ricardo Rivera, and Moment Factory.