ColAR Mix- 3D Coloring Book app by Puteko – Review
ColAR Mix- 3D Coloring book is the first app from New Zealand – based developer Puteko Limited. The app uses Augmented Reality and is based on a research project at the HIT lab in New Zealand. It is an app designed to bridge the gap between “real life” coloring and the iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone. To use the app you need to first print out coloring pages and color them, then they are brought to life using the app. The app is available as a free download that includes 1 coloring page, an in-app purchase is available to buy more pages- it currently costs $2.99 for 5 additional pages. It contains no adverts, social media or external links.
To use this app you need to go to colARapps’s website there you can download the coloring pages as a PDF, print out the pages and give them to your children to color. The free coloring page is bird (a Pukeko or Swamp Hen), the other pages include an airplane, a dragon, a girl, a bear, and a high-top sneaker.The child can use whatever art materials they like such as colored pencils, crayons, markers or paints. When I did this I didn’t tell my children what would happen after they colored them, just that they needed to bring the completed pictures to me and they would get a surprise.
Within the app you can see the choice of pictures, the instructions and “play” mode. In play mode the camera comes on- hold your device over the completed coloring page making sure the whole picture is visible, then the page will be highlighted in blue and the magic will happen! The picture springs to life as a 3-D image that pops up from the coloring page. Not only does it take the picture and create a 3-D image from it but it is animated too. The dragon flaps his wings and breathes fire, the bird eats a worm, the girl dances and the aeroplane flies through the clouds. As my awestruck son said “that’s awesome!”
Each picture has its own background music and sound effects, you can zoom in to see the picture in more detail and you can pause the animation. As well as the main image in many of the pages other parts of the background such as plants and furniture also come to life in the 3-D version. You can also take pictures of your 3-d creation and save them to your camera roll.
This is a really innovative, cool and unusual app. I really like how it bridges the gap between real-life coloring and the iPad. With the summer holidays here I love finding apps that encourage my children to do off-iPad activities and this fits that bill really well. My kids (and even my husband and I) were really impressed with how the artwork sprung to life, all the details on the 3-D image were true to how the children colored them, so they loved seeing their creations coming to life. One feature I’d love to see is the ability to “capture” the drawing and then keep exploring it and watching it, and maybe even putting it on new backgrounds, at the moment you have to keep it in the camera viewfinder all the time. I’d also like to see the developer keep adding more coloring pages in the future too.
Overall, a very cool use of augmented reality and an app with real wow factor, colAR app will motivate your children to color on paper and thrill them by bringing their images to life, highly recommended !
You can read more about the creation of this app in our developer interview with Adrian Clarke of Puteko Ltd.
colAR Mix - 3D coloring book Appby Puteko Limited
Category: Entertainment, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone5c, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPad WiFi, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadThirdGen, iPhone5s, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 3G, iPad 3G, iPhone5, iPhone 4, iPadMini4G, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPad 2 WiFI, iPadMini, iPhone 3GS, iPhone4S
Size: 58.95 MB
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.