Immersive content creation and distribution company Within is well-known for its virtual reality (VR) experiences – like its recent Halloween fright fest – but not for anything augmented reality (AR) related. That’s now changed this week with the launch of AR app Wonderscope, mixing AR tech with storytelling.
Built using Apple’s ARKit, Wonderscope features stories that respond to a child’s movement and voice—including lines of dialogue that are highlighted as a child reads them aloud. The app also includes Within’s “Look At” feature which approximates the experience of eye-contact with characters, deepening the emotional connection and sense of participation in the story.
“Millions of kids use screens as much or more than adults, and they often do it alone,” said Within CEO, Chris Milk in a statement. “With AR, we see an opportunity to change that dynamic. Rather than disappearing into our devices and shutting out the world, Wonderscope promotes a new kind of screen-positive experience, one that opens you up to everything and everyone around you.”
Wonderscope is free to download for iOS users. It comes with A Brief History of Stunts by Astounding People free of charge with second story Little Red the Inventor, available for $4.99 USD.