June 29, 2012
The real book version of the groundbreaking book app The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is finally getting the augmented reality treatment. Touted as "an allegory about the curative powers of story," The Fantastic Flying Books is a clever combination of two mediums: book and film. Released over a year ago, it remains a favorite of mine — and of many others as well, I'm sure — by virtue of its wonderful melding of storybook and animated film elements. As a matter of fact, the app's actual animated film version managed to win no less than this year's Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. For its part, the app's actual storybook version is also very much acclaimed and, perhaps more important, beloved by readers both young and old. And Moonbot Studios, the creative force behind The Fantastic Flying Books, has released an app designed to make the storybook's pages "come to life." Dubbed the IMAG-N-O-TRON, the new app uses augmented reality technology to turn the storybook into an interactive experience akin to the Fantastic Flying Books book app itself. Of course, you need to have the storybook on hand before you can wield the magic of the IMAG-N-O-TRON. Once you do, just point your iPhone or iPad running the app at the storybook and prepare to: "Get swept up in a storm! Transport to another world! Play music! Fly!!!" IMAG-N-O-TRON: "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" Edition is available now in the App Store for $0.99. I'm already keeping my fingers crossed for IMAG-N-O-TRON: "Numberlys" Edition.