When I’m not writing Apps Playground posts, my day job involves writing about other kinds of mobile apps and technologies. One of the latter is augmented reality: pointing your camera-phone at the real world and seeing digital stuff overlaid on top of it.
AR apps have huge potential for children, I think. And here’s one that shows why: AR Flashcards – Animal Alphabet. It came out this week on the App Store, and works on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Here’s how it works: you download special “Flashcard Markers” from the AR Flashcards website, and then print them out in colour. Then fire up the app, point your iOS device at a marker, and watch a succession of 26 virtual animals pop out of them – one for each letter of the alphabet.
A great idea, and just a taste of what might be possible with AR apps for kids in the future. For £1.49, it’s well worth a look.