Sony Launches J.K Rowling’s Wonderbook For PS3

 

  • Interactive storybook for PS3
  • Augmented reality flipbook
  • Walking with Dinosaurs and Diggs Nightcrawler coming soon

Sony has just launched Wonderbook: Book of Spells, a product of the company’s tie-up with Pottermore, the free-to-use website of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

 

  • Interactive storybook for PS3
  • Augmented reality flipbook
  • Walking with Dinosaurs and Diggs Nightcrawler coming soon

Sony has just launched Wonderbook: Book of Spells, a product of the company’s tie-up with Pottermore, the free-to-use website of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

This is one of the first major non-game applications that use the PlayStation 3 and its technology for augmented reality. Wonderbook is an interactive storybook, using PlayStation Move, PlayStation Eye and a new augmented reality flipbook.

It is more like an interactive book in which stories come alive. You can control the interactive fiction using a PlayStation Move motion-sensing controller and a PlayStation Eye camera with your PS3. All these tools will allow you to flip through a physical book, point at something with the motion controller, and then make animated imagery appear on the TV screen.

“Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the closest a Muggle [nonmagical person] can come to a real spellbook,” says Rowling. “I’ve loved working with Sony’s creative team to bring my spells, and some of the history behind them, to life. This is an extraordinary device that offers a reading experience like no other.”

Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the first title for Wonderbook, the latest addition to the PlayStation experience. Sony is working with other industry-leading partners to bring more projects to Wonderbook. Other projects in the works include Walking with Dinosaurs from the BBC, an exciting partnership with Disney and a quirky new detective title, Diggs Nightcrawler.

“We’re pleased to partner with J.K. Rowling to capture the magic of one of the most beloved book series of all time in our debut title for Wonderbook,” says Guy Longworth, the senior vice president, PlayStation Brand Marketing, for SCEA.

“With the introduction of Wonderbook and titles like Book of Spells, we continue to push the boundaries of interactive entertainment, using augmented reality to deliver a remarkably unique experience that the entire family can enjoy together.”

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