multimedia device
In collaboration with
Miriam Schmitt
Christopher Prenzel

Supervised by
Prof. Peter Eckart

In cooperation with
BROCKHAUS (german book publisher)

The way to read hasn't changed since a long time. Digital devices did. The way how we can get and pass on information got multiple possibilities. The analog book made out of paper is still an important way to conserve knoledge. How can we combine different ways of information in one device? How can we make the process of learning more effective and diverse? BROCKHAUS is a traditional german book publisher who wants to make the reading of analog books in a time of apps and e-reader still interesting and effective. The project also showed the pros and cons of tradition and the process of change.

Reading could be supported by electric devices to make it more multimedia. Codes in the books, hidden in pictures or in printed letters. An added 5th color in the printing process, invisible for the human eye, makes it possible. The multimedia device is able to scan the code for playing videos or showing current pictures, for example in a lexicon. Is that a new way of reading analog books in our digital world?

The design touch reduces the interaction between the analog book on the one side and the digital content on the other side to the control of intuitive finger movements. Reading is particularly known to demand a child’s attention. To facilitate this process children use their own finger in a manner which prevents them from getting lost in the text an to ensures that they stay in the correct line. Touch not only enables a touch gestures control, it also makes scanning an easy process by just touching the code in the book with the device. By doing so, this reading device also enables its user to watch videos and other audiovisual contents on an external monitor and loudspeakers.

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