Thank you to Popar Books for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon and for providing an additional product for our contest prize. All opinions expressed are my own.
We are tech people here in my home (as most of my readers already know), so when Popar Books offered me one of their “Augmented Reality” (AR) books, Bugs 3D, I was excited to try out this new technology. These AR books use any computer, webcam, or mobile device (iOS or Android) to create an impressive virtual reality experience. This turns an ordinary book into something quite extraordinary with 3D objects that come alive in your hands. This technology takes the old concept of pop-up books to a new and amazing level.
Words cannot tell you how absolutely incredible this book and app are! We used our iPad to bring our bug book alive and it is the neatest use of technology I’ve possibly ever seen. The animation is very detailed and the information both in print and via the narrator is very educational.
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Since the first day we received this book, we have been completely engaged. The kids have loved interacting with the bugs and learning things they didn’t already know. This is a seriously fun and interesting way to learn and we will be keeping an eye on Popar Book’s future uses of technology.
You can learn more about Popar Books on their website, www.popartoys.com. This book retails for $19.99 and the app is free to download on iTunes and on Google Play.
Our contest winner will choose one of the following augmented reality books to receive . . .
- Bugs 3D Book
- Princess and Her Pals 3D Book (Recipient of The National Parenting Center's Spring 2013 Seal of Approval)
- Construction Machines 3D Book
Good luck in the drawing!