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In a latest development, Disney researchers have developed several prototype apps that add computer-generated animation, sound and visuals to activities such as colouring books and games like scavenger hunts that require physical interaction.
Scientists at Disney Research say augmented reality with mobile devices serves as the perfect bridge between the two and can enhance creativity in the process.
To explain their concept, called Augmented Creativity, researchers have developed several prototype mobile apps for such activities as colouring books, scavenger hunts and team games.
In a prototype for a multi-player game, players each use a mobile tablet to track a virtual object as they move around and talk with each other to cooperatively frustrate an invading alien force.
Moreover, they developed a city-wide gaming framework, enabling the development of games such as scavenger hunts that get players outdoors, searching for interactive elements superimposed on buildings, parks and roads.
The researchers also created a framework to help users write interactive narratives, a trickier task than standard storytelling because it requires the user to define and implement all possible interactions that someone might experience within the narrative.
Another app helps children grasp the concept of programming robots; the child can programme the robot to perform certain behaviours and then use augmented reality to see not just how the robot behaves, but exactly how the programme is being executed.
The company officials said, augmented reality can help children develop a deeper understanding of programming by making the dynamics of programme execution visible.