Published: 21 February 2019

Festival of Research: Presenting the ‘a-book’

Members of the Next Generation Paper project were invited to present at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Festival of Research at the University of Surrey on 24 January. This exciting event showcased the impressive and diverse range of research across the schools and departments of the Faculty.

Professor David Frohlich, from the Department of Music and Media and Professor Caroline Scarles from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management took to the stage to showcase the advanced technology of the first augmented travel book created through the Next Generation Paper project.  Both the 2G and 3G versions of the book were demonstrated along with the new app which use the latest page and speech recognition technology to play content. This was the first time that staff and students had seen the book in a faculty-wide event and it received a great response.

The project team from Surrey are working with Bradt Travel Guides, one of the world’s leading travel publishers, to create the first augmented travel guide book to Cornwall. On 14 January, Bradt released an updated augmented edition of Slow Travel Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly containing icons embedded in the text which correspond to digital links which are played via the app. The extra digital content has been created by Kirsty Fergusson, author of the guidebook and design researcher Emily Corrigan-Kavanagh, from the Department of Music and Media, in a new kind of authorship process which will offer readers a more enriching and immersive experience.

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