KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — Always wanted to have a dinosaur romping in your living room without leaving a mess or trail of destruction in its wake?
Now you can, with UK firm Basically AR’s augmented reality apps, which feature the same technology used in the wildly popular mobile game Pokemon Go.
See a dinosaur virtually come alive on the screen of your phone or tablet, roaring and stamping not in a far-off imagined land, but superimposed onto the very backdrop of wherever you are, be it your bedroom or kitchen, or standing right next to you.
You can move it about, enlarge it or shrink it to seemingly fit into your friend’s palm, pose and snap a photo with it and email the memento to your family and friends.
All this by using your phone to scan a page off Basically AR’s Dinosaurs Alive colouring book and pairing it with the downloaded free app that works without an Internet connection.
“The world is going from books to ebooks, so this is actually a medium that bridges the two — between physical books and electronic books. Basically, by scanning a printed image, you are bringing it to life in digital form,” Basically AR founder Kuleindiren Selvanadam or Indren told Malay Mail Online in an interview.
A local, Indren in November chose Malaysia as the first South-east Asian country to launch the company’s current stable of colouring and activity books: Dinosaurs Alive, animatAR and Aladdin.
The Aladdin storybook app goes beyond having animated cartoon figures pop up as the classic children’s tale is narrated. It gives you a customised experience, showing the characters dressed in the very colours that you have coloured in on the book.
You can also immerse yourself in Aladdin’s world, with the virtual reality (VR) function in the app offering 360-degree exploration of scenes in the storybook. Try pairing it with a VR headset if you have one.
The books can be found in Malaysia in the Kinokuniya, Times, and Chapter One bookstores as well as department store Parkson and online. They come with their own bespoke apps.