I suggest presenting digital books via static or - ideally - mobile interactive projectors which allow readers to open ebooks, turn pages, make earmarks, etc by the use of authentic gestures. In order to compensate for the loss of tactile feedback, the interactive projector is linked to audio information, thus producing subtle book-opening or page-turning sounds. The projectors could serve not only as visual, but also as auditive interface insofar as, e.g., the turning of pages could make au
What is the core principle of your idea?
The core principle of the present idea is to combine a projector that lets readers use simple hand gestures to interact with the virtual book (open book, turn pages, etc) not only with visual, but also with auditive information. I suggest combining interactive projector technology (cf. pic 1) with the soundcage principle (cf. pic 2) in order to allow for authentic, augmented, or customizable reading experiences.
Can your idea be applied to different formats (in a bookstore, at a trade fair, at a conference)?
The principle can be applied in an almost unlimited scope of contexts.
Would it be possible to turn your idea into a reality, or at least create a prototype of it, at short notice, i.e. by the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2014?
The technology is available and affordable: http://www.pranavmistry.com/projects/sixthsense/
What do you estimate the costs for the prototype or the final implementation of your idea to be?
As far as I know, the basic technology is available for less then 400 $ per unit. The soundcage function does not require specific hardware.