A quick look at ZooBurst 3D Pop Up Books
ZooBurst is a storytelling tool that lets users create web-based 3D pop-up books. The books can be viewed in a browser with the Flash plugin or you can choose to experience them in Augmented Reality: print out a page with a special marker on it, then point your computer’s webcam at the marker and the book pops up.
Version 1.0 was only made available April 13, so there is plenty of room for new developments. They expect to soon release a management feature, for example, allowing teachers to set up classes and passwords for students as well as create assignments. They may also add the ability to incorporate voice. Below is a video overview of how it works at this point:
It tried out ZooBooks with a webcam and found I had to hold the paper marker very steady or the book wobbled a lot, so I hung the paper from a plastic photo frame [see my video below]. ZooBurst produces a neat effect, no doubt, and a cool demonstration of augmented reality. However, I can’t see what I gained over viewing the book in a browser. I don’t see the practical application – any thoughts out there?