Vibal, a household name in the publishing industry and the pioneer of e-books in the country, has announced the release of the newest addition to its technology solutions—LearnLive AR, augmented reality for textbooks.

What is AR technology?

AR is a technology that enhances the user’s view of the physical world by adding superimposed computer-generated images. From the word “augment” which means to add to or to enhance something, augmented reality adds sounds, graphics, and touch feedback into the natural world to give users an enhanced experience.

It is different from virtual reality technology wherein users are immersed into a computer-generated environment, giving them a full virtual experience. With AR technology, users are not transposed into a virtual world, rather, they are given virtual tools that would augment their current world.

Augmented reality is a technology that is generating a buzz nowadays, with giant companies like Google and Microsoft exploring and creating AR-based devices and applications. One of the most popular and widely used applications with AR technology is the mobile game Pokemon Go, which was launched in 2016. The game uses smartphone cameras to allow players to interact with Pokemon characters superimposed over their real-life surroundings. The mobile game received worldwide success, paving the way for augmented reality to be more recognized.

AR as a Tool in Education

As a technology that promotes enhanced user experience, AR is a great tool for education. It can be used to provide interactive and gamified models for learning and training needs. Complex ideas are simplified and made more interesting through the use of visual 3D models, videos, and auditory features, thus making it easier for students to understand difficult concepts.

Incorporating AR in daily lessons also promotes motivation and engagement among learners. With augmented lessons, both teachers and students fully engage themselves in the learning experience.

LearnLive AR Mobile App for Vibal Textbooks

As an established provider of innovative educational tools, Vibal is bringing augmented reality to the classrooms with the LearnLive AR mobile app. This free mobile application was developed exclusively for Vibal textbooks by Vibal’s technology arm, Vibe Technologies.

LearnLive AR enables Vibal textbook users to access augmented reality features in the books. These include interactive models showing the parts of the sun, the circulatory system, and many more. These enhancements are currently available in Vibal’s Science in Our World and Rainbows in English textbooks.

Vibal aims to promote and enhance student engagement and to give learners a more realistic experience by bringing the lessons in books to life.

LearnLive AR will be officially launched to the media on January 16, 2019 at Novotel Hotel, Cubao, Araneta Center, Quezon City.

Interested individuals may email marketing@vibalgroup to experience augmented reality in textbooks.