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“A Magazine Is An iPad That Does Not Work”

October 18th, 2011 1 Comment

Yesterday I watched a video on YouTube of a child attempting to manipulate a magazine as if it were an iPad. Eh? Bear with me. As expected, the futile motions and the child’s baffled reactions are pretty funny, but it also made me ponder once again how touchscreen devices and future developments in technology will […]

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IDEO’s The Future of the Book

September 28th, 2010 No Comments

On the fabulous The Literary Platform I came across this video Ideo have produced showing three concepts they have created around the future of the book. I love Ideo, they consistently come up with inventive and imaginative technological developments that take account of social factors and personal practices. However, I have to say, I am […]

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Tales of Things

August 20th, 2010 2 Comments

Andy demonstrating Tales of Things at Be2Camp Brum 2010; via Meshed Media Today’s post is another presentation I heard at Be2camp Brum 2010 last week. (It was truly an inspiring and thought-provoking day!) Tales of Things was presented by Andy Hudson-Smith from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL. Tales of Things explores social memory […]

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The collage illustrations of Dave McKean

August 12th, 2010 2 Comments

Last week I began to draft a post about digital artist Dave McKean’s illustrations. I was planning to return to the half-written post when I got an email from Giles saying did I know that Dave McKean illustrated a piece of writing for COIL (the Journal of the Moving Image which Giles founded and edited) […]

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Will there be an Oxfam for second-hand eBooks?

August 9th, 2010 3 Comments

Thing of the past? Oxfam books in (l-r) Huddersfield, Leamington, London Over the weekend I found myself thinking – what if eBooks (for eBook readers not the bookleteer type of eBooks..) become the dominant way of reading? What will this mean for people who buy secondhand books? It’s clear that many people are thinking about […]

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Art Space Tokyo: Shared Making

July 30th, 2010 No Comments

Art Space Tokyo is an intimate guide to the Tokyo art world by Ashley Rawlings and Craig Mod and a very beautiful book describing the buildings and neighbourhoods of 12 distinctive Tokyo galleries. There are maps for each of the areas, illustrations of the galleries by Nobumasa Takahashi  (the cover is a composite map of […]

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How can you have a pop-up book on the iPad?

July 28th, 2010 2 Comments

This was the question I typed into Google as I wondered how the iPad, Kindle and other eBook readers (or rather, developers of eBooks for these platforms) might accommodate the tangible properties of books such as size, paper type, pop-up illustrations and so on, that vary from book to book and make paper books such […]

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James Bridle: Bookcubes and bookleteer API

July 26th, 2010 2 Comments

A set of Bookcubes generated using the bookleteer API James Bridle of was one of the participants at the Pitch Up and Publish: Augmented Reading a couple of weeks ago, and he talked a little about the idea of books as symbols and the related BookCube project he’d done using the bookleteer API. Here, […]

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Battle of the Reading Formats

July 13th, 2010 No Comments

An iPad disguised to fit in on a book shelf. * See the bottom of this post for more. Fitting in very nicely with our discussions on Augmented Reading, Jakob Nielsen, the legend of usability studies, has conducted a test on the relative reading experience of reading a short story (Ernest Hemingway, in case you’re […]

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Carlton say Books Come Alive

July 12th, 2010 2 Comments

New Scientist reports that UK publisher Carlton have launched two titles in their Augmented Reality series. The books – Fairyland Magic and Dinosaurs Alive – include a CD with software to install on your PC. Once this is done you point your webcam at the pages of the book and the webcam image of the […]

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Programmable Origami

July 7th, 2010 No Comments

Alan Chamberlain, one of our PU&P Augmented Reading participants, posted a link to the bookleteer Facebook page about a programmable surface that has been created by researchers at MIT and Harvard. The composite material which looks pretty much like a piece of paper can fold itself into a number of predetermined shapes (in this case […]

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Evil Mad Scientists: Paper Circuits

July 1st, 2010 No Comments

In my search for augmented cubes I came across these LED-lit origami cube by the Evil Mad Scientists. They are made from a single sheet of paper folded to make a cube with an LED and battery inside. The components are your basic LED Throwie however the way the cube folds calls for what the […]

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Guilherme Martins: Printable Paper Arduino

June 25th, 2010 No Comments

Guilherme Martins has made a printable paper version of the Arduino board. This amazing project allows you to download the PDF file, print out the top and bottom layout, glue them to whatever support you like and start adding components. The PDF files, a list of the necessary electronic components and instructions are all available […]

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Miguel Mora: Flat Futures

June 16th, 2010 No Comments

In my quest for innovative cubes I came across the disposable Paper Alarm Clock by Miguel Mora a graduate from the Design Interactions course at the Royal College of Art. This project is one of a series by Miguel called Flat Futures which investigates the future of paper in the electronic age. Miguel describes the […]

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Electronic Popables

June 3rd, 2010 2 Comments

A little while ago I wrote about the integration of electronics and books and speculated about the different kinds of reading experiences this might create. Now I find Electronic Popables by Jie Qi which electronically augments a pop-up book and creates a beautiful series of scenes where sliding, pressing and flipping pieces of paper causes […]

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