Augmented reality could see print books make a comeback in the e-book trend, say researchers at the University of Surrey.
Surrey has launched the third generation (3G) version of its Next Generation Paper (NGP) project, allowing readers to read printed paper and on-screen information side by side.
Dr Radu Sporea, Senior Lecturer at the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) commented:
“Over time, the way we consume literature has changed, and there are more options than paper books. There are a variety of electronic solutions, including e-readers and smart devices, but not in commercial A sustainable hybrid solution at scale.
“Augmented books, or a-books, could be the future of many book genres, from travel and tourism to education. This technology exists to help readers gain a deeper understanding of written topics and access more information digitally without It ruins the experience of reading a paper book.”
Power efficiency and pre-printed conductive paper are some of the new features that allow Surrey’s enhanced books to now be produced on a semi-industrial scale. Since readers can’t see any lines, Surrey’s augmented reality books allow users to trigger digital content with simple gestures, such as swiping a finger or turning a page, which is then displayed on a nearby device.
George Bairaktaris, a postgraduate researcher at the University of Surrey and member of the Next Generation Thesis project team, said:
“The original research was to enrich the travel experience by creating enhanced travel guides. This upgraded 3G mode allows the use of enhanced books for different areas such as education. In addition, the new mode reduces distractions to readers by automatically recognizing. Open the page and Trigger multimedia content.”
“Originally an augmented book project, it was further developed into a scalable user interface. The technology and knowledge from this project led us to explore organic materials and printing techniques to fabricate scalable sensors for interfaces beyond books.”