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Penguin takes children's fiction to Google+ with Storytime Hangout app

30/05/2013 13:46

Webcam feature puts children (and parents) into the hooves of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Who's that trip-tapping across my Google+ profile? A child with the face of one of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Thankfully this isn't a strange, social-networking nightmare fuelled by one-too-many views of Goat Lucky on YouTube.
It's a new application created by book publisher Penguin and ad agency BBH, running on Google+ and using the latter's Hangout technology to make children and their parents part of the famous fairytale.
The app uses their computer's webcam to place them in the story, then overlays masks of the characters on top, with the aim being for kids and parents to act out the story while reading it.
"The experience of reading with children is so much more than just the text and the pictures on the page. It's the sound effects, the voices and the funny faces pulled when acting out a character that make it magical - and this app does that in a new and exciting way," says Anna Rafferty, managing director of Penguin Digital.

Source: https://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/appsblog/2013/may/29/penguin-storytime-hangout-google

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