Reading with Augmented Reality

September 18, 2019

Books can open up new worlds to readers, but according to biochemist Michael D. Shaw, we’re missing out when it comes to reading about the grandeur of space. But thanks to advances being made with augmented reality, which provides immersive ways to learn about space, readers can access a much more enhanced experience. “A book that augments reality and immerses readers in a story by physically engaging the senses is a new way to educate and entertain readers,” Shaw writes. “For children who spend more time looking at screens than books, and for readers who sometimes find it hard to maintain their attention with a traditional book, augmented reality (AR) is a way to make books more interactive and accessible.”

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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