This tutorial is for an augmented reality book using a Kinect 360 and a projector. The Kinect is tracking the position of the book via its camera, so you can move it around and the projection will follow the motion of the book. You can for example project 3D elements that will appear complete with shadows and will be able to rotate and change shape, colour, texture.
We always thought augmented reality to be a great technology however it is always required to experience it while looking through a device. We wanted to try to use it in combination with projection-mapping to create a seamless and magical experience.
As we decided to go for a large format (A3) we wanted to use a Japanese Stab Binding technique. There are several versions of this technique, and we are explaining the most simple one which is perfect for beginners. You also do not need any adhesives or complicated tools. The downside of this binding technique is that it does not open completely flat which is why we added another step of prefolding the pages using a bone folder. If you decide to go with a smaller format that allows you to fold your pages in the middle you could also use single, multi-section or coptic binding which naturally open flat.
We hope you enjoy the tutorial, we would love to see the type of books and projections you come up with and welcome any feedback. If anything is unclear, please comment.
Step 1: Materials needed
- Printed pages for the inside of your book (number of pages according to your needs)
- 2 Cover papers
- Thread (for example waxed cotton or linen thread)