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Atopia novels first to use Kindle as augmented reality platform

The new Atopia series of novellas are the first to use the Kindle to view 3D augmented reality images of objects in the stories

Aug. 12, 2012 - PRLog -- NEW YORK, Aug 12th, 2012 - Today author Matthew Mather announced the release of the Complete Atopia Chronicles, the first to use the Amazon Kindle or other reading device as an augmented reality viewing platform. 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.

For a limited time (Aug 10 to 14) you can download the first Atopia novella from Amazon for free.


"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 novella 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 that all of the stories are “sidequels” that unfold side-by-side.

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!

About Matthew Mather
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 became the world leader in its field. His latest projects, MindHabits, was an award-winning video game that was distributed worldwide. He now makes a living writing science fiction, but in between he's worked in everything from computational nanotechnology and weather prediction systems to genomics and cybersecurity. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

To arrange call or email - Matthew Mather
Phone:     514 622 6625     Skype:    matthewmather1
Email:       matthew.mather@phuturenews.com

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