What is it
DiscovAR is a series of augmented reality childrens colouring books that explore four different environments: In the Jungle, In the Sea, Home and Garden and Space Adventure. The educational Mardles DiscovAR interactive colouring books use the latest augmented reality and virtual reality technology via their our app to magically bring your children’s creation to life as an interactive animated scene with sound effects.
Children colour the pictures in whatever colours and patterns they like and then use the FREE Mardles DiscovAR app to bring the scenes to life by pointing the app at the coloured image.
Each themed book features 15 interactive pages.
The scene magically comes to life in augmented reality, allowing your avatar (who is an alien of your design) to explore the scenes. Users can control their alien around the scene to look for triggers which activate three facts about the relevant scene to help encourage children to learn whilst they play.
What’s really unique about DiscovAR is that, in addition to viewing your coloured scene in AR, you can even switch to VR mode and view your scene through the eyes of your avatar.
1) Colour in your scene using your favourite pens, pencils or crayons
2) Scan your picture using the free discovAR app on your tablet or phone
3) Your colouring comes alive in 4D
4) Switch to Virtual Reality mode to immerse yourself in your creation in 360 degrees!
5) Each scene includes 3 fun facts!
As with all Mardles products, the DiscovAR app is 100% parent friendly with no registration, no internet connection needed to use it and no in-app purchases. Download from the Apple, Google Play or Amazon stores for tablets or phones.
What our team of testers said
"The best thing about this was seeing it come to live" - Girl aged 9
"When you draw a background, the animals can swim in it" - Girl aged 8
- Develops creativity
- Increases understanding of Augmented Reality (AR)
- Facilitates trial and error learning
What our experts think
It was lovely to see the children’s enthusiasm for bringing their drawings to life. Even children who are normally reluctant to colour in were keen to have a go. The facts promote discussion and increase learning opportunities. Children quickly learnt that they get better effects when using lots of bright colours in their pictures.
It would be even better if...
It can take a while for the picture to scan and occasionally the app freezes when changing between realities.
- RRP: £9.99
- Brands: AliveLab
- No batteries required
- Link to associated app review Interacts with App: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/discovar/id1139203907?mt=8
- Toy Types: Arts, crafts & creative kits
Electronic & app toys
- Types of skills developed: Art & design
Design & technology
Trial and error learning