Khoya is an interactive fantasy novel for children Illustrated, Animated, Conceptualized
and partly written by me.
What makes it interactive is that is uses a technology called Augmented Reality to bridge the gap between the tangible (a book) and the technological.
It also bridges my two loves (amongst many)- animation and print.
How it does this is that the book has a variety of 'markers' or symbols with limericks on how to use them, the reader, while reading a page, picks up these markers and brings it to their webcam, and using visual recognition the marker triggers off an animation in real time. So in a sense one 'brings the book to life'.
Using this technology one can become different characters in the book, unlock riddles or simply watch as the illustrations in the book start to move. :)
A User-interaction Video coming soon. But here are some spreads from chapter 1 for now.
It's designed for children above the age of 12.
Original concept, Illustration, Animation and Design by Shilo Shiv Suleman
Augmented Reality, programming and further conceptualization
Written by Shilo Shiv Suleman and Avijit Michael with inputs from Hari Adivarekar.
Contributers and Conceptualizers
Nilofer Suleman, Arshia Sattar, Molly and Maya, Anders Sandell, Ampat Varghese, Gayatri Ganju, Kunal Sen, Vani Sreekanta, Mana Dhanraj and the Toys Lab