Harry Potter author involved in Sony's Wonderbooks

New AR technology will bring stories to life

Sony unveiled their new game technology called Wonderbooks during their E3 2012 press conference. Using the PlayStation Eye and a physical "book" it blends story experiences with augmented reality.

Perhaps more excitingly, this story and activity service will see a product from J.K. Rowling. The contribution from Rowling will be something from her Harry Potter universe, called Book of Spells.

The virtual book will let players use Move controllers as a wand, letting them both cast spells and learn of their origin. The demonstration showed a player try to cast a spell with a few flicks of the wand and a dragon that lit the book on fire, which had to be put out and cleaned off using the player's hands.

Book of Spells promises to be the first of many titles for Wonderbooks. The J.K. Rowling "book" is expected to release in the holiday season of 2012.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
Hmmm. Unless they target more than just a crowd that's not going to run out and spend money on a PS3 if they don't have it already, this might end up as the Sega Pico of this generation. Hell, use that Wonderbook and move wand to give me a horror or adventure story aimed at adults and I'll be interested. THe presentation was boring and weak, as the old bugaboo of "oops, it's a live demo" hit hard and fast a few times. I blame the stage lighting, not the tech, though...

Maybe a Hotel Dusk-like affair, some sort of serious fantasy adventure or perhaps an Evil Dead: Book of Something or Other with you a demon-tome and a that move wand as a flashlight, weapon, and all-purpose tool for dealing with what's popping up trying to kill you on every page? If they just gear this at kids and it's not inexpensive, it'll tank quickly. Also, making a mini-Wonderbook for the Vita? No-brainer and should have been announced as well. Sony needs to think more about unifying all its devices, as it also makes an e-reader that could possibly fit into this Wonderplan...
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