Books get the 3-D treatment in South Korea

Don't get too excited. The only new part is the animation, and that requires "computer-screen goggles". From the article:

Pop-up is so passé: South Korean scientists have developed 3-D technology for books that makes characters literally leap off the page.The popularity of 3-D entertainment has been given a boost by a slew of recent films, including sci-fi blockbuster "Avatar" and Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland."

Several companies are also offering 3-D televisions and a 3-D video game console will launched soon.

At South Korea's Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, researchers used 3-D technology to animate two children's books of Korean folk tales, complete with writhing dragons and heroes bounding over mountains.

Pictures in the books have cues that trigger the 3-D animation for readers wearing computer-screen goggles. As the reader turns and tilts the book, the 3-D animation moves accordingly.

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