The new Atopia series of novellas are the first to use the Kindle to view 3D augmented reality images of objects in the stories
Author Matthew Mather announced the release of the Atopia series of novellas, the first to use the Amazon Kindle or other reading device as an augmented reality viewing platform on March 15 in New York.Using augmented reality markers embedded in the stories, readers are able to view fully 3D images of the world of Atopia “floating” above their Kindle. Everything to experience this effect is available for free right now, including a free limited time offer (March 15th -18th) of the first Atopia story. To try it out for yourself, just go to Amazon to download for free today, or type “Atopia” into your Kindle (or Kindle app on PC or iPad), download “Atopia 1 – Blue Skies” and then follow the instructions at the end of the story.
“The ability to use augmented reality to add an extra dimension to storytelling is very powerful,” said author and technologist Matthew Mather. “Now that we’ve demonstrated it’s possible, I think you’ll begin to see a lot of other books using this technique to illustrate concepts. In less than a week after its release, Atopia has shot into the top five of new tech sci-fi releases on Amazon.”
Blue Skies is the first novellette of Atopia, a near future world without borders that teeters on the brink of post-humanism and eco-Armageddon. The series breaks new ground not just with its use of augmented reality, but also in the way it organizes its content. All the novelettes begin at the same moment and cover the same stretch of time, focusing on one specific character story line. Each story paints a new brushstroke against the canvas of the world, gradually combining together to reveal a deeper mystery that connects them all together.
Each novellette is a story unto itself and can be read by itself, and in fact there is no particular order to read them. They can be read in the suggested order, or read in whatever order the reader chooses to create their own unique experience.
Atopia is also unique as it brings to life many of the objects and characters in the book as an experiment in “real life” augmented reality. The PhutureNews.com futuring portal, a key element in the series of books, is a real website that readers can visit. As well, many of the characters are brought to life, with their own LinkedIn and Facebook pages. See if you can find them out there!
Matthew Mather started out at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines, and went on to found one of the world’s first tactile feedback companies which has gone on to become the world leader in commercial haptics (touch feedback). latest projects, MindHabits, was an award-winning video game that went on to be translated into a dozen languages and became a top seller internationally, and most recently he published the new sci-fi series Atopia.