Augmented reality animal flash-cards pop up on iPhone and iPad

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.

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