Sony wants to make reading a little more magical with Wonderbooks, a
new augmented reality feature for the PlayStation 3 Move.
The application interacts with real-world books made
specifically for the PlayStation Move. The PS3 Eye Camera reads the book and renders 3D
characters and environments that users can interact with on the on-screen pages.
Sony teamed up with J.K. Rowling to get the Wonderbooks franchises
rolling. At Sony’s press conference they showed off a new title called “Book of
Spells” giving muggles the chance to learn and cast spells from the Harry
Potter universe. In the demo we saw adults flipping through the book,
accidently releasing a dragon who burnt the pages to a crisp. But all the actors had to do was dust off the on-screen soot and the book was good
Throughout the book a disembodied voice read players the
histories of spells and how to cast them, such as the Incendio fire spell. The Wonderbook
presented readers with a puppet show that sprang from its pages, explaining how the fire spell first originated.
Players then used the Move controller to draw a glyph on the screen, and then finally flicking the Incendio spell. After players learned how to cast the spell they were taken
to a Wizard’s classroom and they used the Move controller to incinerate
on-screen, paper bugs.
That's about all we saw of Wonderbooks. Sony
will be working with Moonbot Studios to produce many books. The studio won
an Academy Award for its animated short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr.
Morris Lessmore.” Sony also promised
another book called “Diggs Nightcrawler,” which seems like a kid-friendly detective