What it is: As startup in Dublin has created geometry textbooks that use augmented reality.
Textbooks can be boring because few people would ever read a textbook for fun, yet learning different topics can be fascinating. Since textbooks are universally dull, a Dublin startup called CleverBooks has found a way to combine textbooks with augmented reality to create interactive books.
The idea is to use printed copies of textbook and smartphones or tablets to view specific items on a page. When viewed through a mobile device, users can then see the images “pop” off the page and appear as a three-dimensional object right in front of them. This can make learning more engaging while in the case of a geometry textbook, giving students the chance to view an object from different angles so they can fully understand the dimensions of a particular shape.
Interactive textbooks are interesting because they combine mobile devices with printed books, unlike ebooks that seek to eliminate and replace printed books altogether. Augmented reality simply enhances, not replaces, printed information. Now imagine interactive repair manuals for cars or other machinery that would let you view a printed manual, then peer through augmented reality to look at the actual damaged item. Augmented reality could then display virtual instructions on the screen to show you what to do next.
Augmented reality is going to find ways to make life more interesting in all aspects beyond simple games like Pokemon GO. If you want to see the future of augmented reality, look at some of these early pioneers like CleverBooks.