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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
This Intergalactic, Augmented Reality Reading Adventure Sends Kids Into Space
This Intergalactic, Augmented Reality Reading Adventure Sends Kids Into Space

Today, Within has released its fourth augmented reality storybook, Clio’s Cosmic Quest, on the company’s augmented reality children’s reading app, Wonderscope. Clio joins the app’s growing catalog of read aloud, interactive adventures, which allow children to converse with characters and play an active role in the narrative. The story joins Wonderscope’s growing library of titles, including A Brief History of Stunts by Astounding People, Little Red the Inventor and Wonder’s Land Ringmaster Wanted. More stories will be released in the coming months.

“With augmented reality, we’re crossing the threshold from stories we witnessed on screens, to stories we live as our own,” said Within co-founder and CEO, Chris Milk. “With Wonderscope, we want to encourage children to explore a story in a completely new way. By reading their lines out loud they become a character within the plot. It’s sorta like inside-out storytelling.”

“Augmented reality allows us to take abstract scientific concepts and make them concrete,” said Within’s Executive Producer of Original Content, Samantha Storr. “In Clio’s Cosmic Quest, we bring the solar system, supernovas, nebulas and particles into your world and let you interact with them directly. We’re excited to continue weaving together storytelling with this new form of spatial and kinesthetic learning, and make reading fun.”

Clio’s Cosmic Quest invites children to journey into space where they meet Clio, a tiny particle of stardust who dreams of illuminating the universe as a big, beautiful star. Tasked with helping her, kids read out loud to challenge bullies, meet the Sun and bring the nebula back together, learning facts and engaging with a fully interactive solar system along the way.

AR as a Tool for Learning
Just as there are different types of learners, the essential skill of reading comes to children in different ways. Wonderscope’s voice recognition system is built to understand and nurture confidence in new readers at a wide range of levels, and with different dialects and accents. The app provides visual and aural feedback by highlighting words, and having characters make eye contact and react expressively back to the user. Clio’s Cosmic Quest ends with a fully interactive bonus scene where users explore and learn more about space, planets and solar systems, developing a playful appreciation for STEM.

“In Clio’s Cosmic Quest, we’ve written lines for kids that teach them how to handle bullies, stick up for what they believe in, and be there for those that need help,” said Within’s Director of Development, Jonny Ahdout. “We hope kids will have a blast role-playing and engaging with an incredible cast of characters in Wonderscope.”

Pricing and Availability
Released in late 2018, Wonderscope is the first AR app from Within. It was designed for iOS using Apple’s ARKit. It is free and currently available on all AR-enabled iOS devices*.

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