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Augmented reality game is being used by Kobo to promote ebooks

E-Reader Augmented Reality GameThe hope is that ereading will receive some attention and more people will give it a try.

Kobo has just announced the creation of game that uses augmented reality in order to promote ereading, which is an appropriate theme considering that this is the central purpose of the device.

The game is the first of its kind for the device and is meant to specifically promote an upcoming book.

The augmented reality mobile gaming experience is called The Descent. The inspiration for the experience is from Dante’s Inferno, as well as from additional authors. This includes Dan Brown and his upcoming book release which will be entitled Inferno, as well as J.F. Penn, and the self-published works of that author. The books that have been created by Penn were themed on a basis of the nine circles of hell and Dante’s Inferno.

This unique augmented reality promotion is meant to draw attention to the books and ereading as a whole.

The promotion that is complimented by the augmented reality game is meant to encourage readers to download two of Penn’s ebooks, for free, so that they can read their digital copies. These two books are Kobo exclusives and are entitled Sins of Violence and Sins of Temptation.

The books must be read in order to obtain clues for the online augmented reality game, so it is not only meant to encourage the download of the books, but it is also meant to have readers actually read the ebook versions on their Kobo ereaders.

This augmented reality marketing promotion is meant to be an advertising campaign for Penn, as well, who could stand to benefit from it if the books turn out to be popular. While the first two books are free, there will be a third book in the series that will be released in September. That book will be called Sins of Treachery.

Moreover, readers have even more encouragement to play the augmented reality game and read the books in order to arrive at the end, as the first player to make it as far as the game’s final step will receive a $5,000 award, in addition to an ereader device that has been autographed by Dan Brown.

The promotion with the augmented reality game will be a short one, as it is running only through May 14th, at which time the Dan Brown book will be available for sale.

Augmented reality game console from Disney confirmed through patent application

augmented reality DisneyThough there have been only unconfirmed rumors until now, the filing has provided confirmation.

It has just been observed that Disney has made a filing for a patent for a form of augmented reality technology that is meant for a 3D game console, which has now provided the confirmation that has been awaited by many following the initial rumor of its development.

The initial announcement of the game console’s creation had been a slip that was released accidentally.

The company has not made any move to deny the mobile video game console project, but if it had any intention to start, its opportunity has now been quashed with the application for an augmented reality technology patent. The documentation discusses precisely that form of device, including initial sketches and descriptions. The machine that is discussed in the patent application indicates a device that can be compared to the already released Nintendo 3DS.

There are certain differences between the devices, however, such as the application of augmented reality.

This will allow the portable console to be aimed at a certain real scene, capture it, and then apply augmented reality elements to it to provide enhancements and animations. What is therefore suggested, is that it would allow a real image to be taken by the player, who would then be able to watch it come to life through animation, for example.

There was a sketch provided within the patent application that suggested that the appearance of the augmented reality mobile game console would be strikingly similar to the Nintendo 3DS. It showed the dual screens as well as the flip open design for which the existing console is already recognized. At the time of this release, Nintendo had yet to make any comments regarding their opinion of the similarities between the two devices.

That said, the company may abstain from commenting simply because Disney may not have any intention of having their augmented reality game device appear in any way similar to that of Nintendo. The documentation included only a preliminary sketch, and it is more than likely that its final appearance will be considerably different from these first drawings.