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This Virtual Reality Coloring Book Is a Brilliant Way for Kids (and Adults) to De-Stress

This Virtual Reality Coloring Book Is a Brilliant Way for Kids (and Adults) to De-stress

  • The company is creating coloring books for both kids and adults that are designed to work with virtual reality smartphone apps.
  • How it all works – – Once you’ve purchased your coloring book kit, use any standard art media–for example, crayons, colored pencils or markers–to color the coloring book however you want.
  • With this in mind, IF Interactive’s coloring books don’t immediately allow kids to hop on a screen.
  • Coloring the pages, in theory, genuinely might make kids happier because their brains release dopamine in anticipation of playing with the story, games and goggles.
  • And while kids get the chance to fiddle with virtual reality, the fact the experience looks way better in color is a motivator for them to take the time off screen to complete the pages.

Some basic virtual reality puts a modern spin on an activity people have enjoyed for hundreds of years.

Art and technology can fuse in ridiculously beautiful ways. And one company, IF Interactive, is striving to bring that concept to one of the most basic forms of entertainment there is–coloring. The company is creating coloring books for both kids and adults that are designed to work with virtual reality smartphone apps.

How it all works

Once you’ve purchased your coloring book kit, use any standard art media–for example, crayons, colored pencils or markers–to color the coloring book however you want. Download the app that corresponds to your specific book and then register the book through the app. From there, use your smartphone camera to take pictures of the coloring book pages. The app will insert your creations into a virtual reality story and games. The kit includes goggles (similar to Google Cardboard), but you still can play the games and go through the story without them if you want. You can opt for temporary tattoos and a T-shirt with the kit, too.

What makes this so incredibly cool

Technologies surround today’s kids, whether it’s a basic coffee maker, a smart board at school or voice-controlled blinds in their bedroom. Children need to understand how these technologies work and feel comfortable interacting with them. At the same time, researchers know that too much screen exposure negatively influences brain development. Experts also know that dopamine release and subsequent feelings of happiness…

This Virtual Reality Coloring Book Is a Brilliant Way for Kids (and Adults) to De-Stress

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