A clever concept combines traditional media with the interactivity of a tablet, showing that the iPad can supplement the reading experience for children without replacing it.
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Bridging Book shows how traditional books can live side-by-side with the iPad

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As theĀ prevalenceĀ of the iPad grows, traditional forms of media such as books and newspapers continue to be challenged to keep up with the new technological frontier. Bridging Book is a new concept that shows how a children’s picture book can “pair” with an iPad to produce an interactive storytelling experience that goes beyond what either could do on their own.

The book’s clever design uses magnets at the edge of each page to trigger the iPad’s built-in compass, allowing the onscreen content to change as the pages are turned. This has several benefits: the book itself doesn’t need to contain any expensive electronics or batteries, there is no wireless pairing process, the design could theoretically be deployed in almost any book, etc..

As the above video demonstrates, in this case the iPad acts as an extension of the content on the page with interactive elements such as sound and animation. But the Bridging Book concept could have other potential uses. A research book could provide footnotes, pictures, or links via the iPad. A novel could spring to life.

Of coures, the Bridging Book seems to make the most sense as a counterpart to children’s books, and that’s probably where it’s best served. There is a bit of a debate about when is too young to expose a child to technology or whether an iPad can be a useful learning tool. The Bridging book shows how a tablet can be a supplement to the reading experience without being a total replacement.

[via Gizmodo]

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  • Renkman

    Wow, what an interesting concept. Children’s books are the perfect companion to this kind of interface.