British scientists predicted the emergence and distribution of paper books with the function of augmented reality (AR). The research was published in the IEEE Pervasive Computing journal.

According to experts from the University of Surrey (Great Britain), future technologies will allow creating hybrid books that combine a printed paper edition and a gadget. The Next Generation Paper (NGP) project describes a prototype device that would allow the reader to simultaneously receive information from the printed page and the screen.

“Currently, there are many electronic solutions, including e-books and smart devices, but there is no hybrid solution,” noted project participant Radu Sporea. According to the specialist, a special conductive paper created using pre-printing technology would help develop the first book with augmented reality.

According to scientists, such books would contribute to the maximum immersion of the reader in the material. The information presented in the book could be reproduced in several formats, including augmented reality. “The book will be able to automatically recognize that the user has opened the page and launch multimedia content,” the co-author emphasized

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