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Flash cards have officially gone one level up.  Like how computer games have gone from 2D to 3D, pretty soon we may see the end of 2D flash cards era.  Welcome to the era of Augmented Reality 4D flashcards!

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If you have no idea what augmented reality is, you probably missed my post on S.E.A. Aquarium. Over at S.E.A. Aquarium, I showed you how a normal-looking poster of the sea monster came to live, when you flashed your smartphone with the augmented reality app in front of it.  Well, the same technology has been used for this set of flash cards by Octagon 4D+ Flashcards.

How it Works

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What you see here is a pretty normal looking set of flash cards, featuring 26 occupations beginning with the letters A to Z.   What you need to complete the magic is a smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android both works fine).

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If you do a search of Octagon 4D+ on Android Playstore or Apple App store, you will find the above results.  The app you need to download for this particular set of flash cards is “Octaland 4D+”.

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Once you have installed the app, launch it and feel your heart beating in excitement.

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You will be asked to key in the serial number to register your product.  Look for the instructions card in the deck of flash cards.  I hope you haven’t thrown it away – I almost did!  The serial number can be found on the card.

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Once the app has been launched, you will be in camera mode.  I first tested it out with the Astronaut card – always begin with letter A, no?

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Now, put the flash card in front of the camera and watch it work its augmented reality magic!

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That’s freaking amazing!! I think I was more amazed than the kids. That astronaut was bouncing around and waving to the kids!

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And just to test that it worked on Android too, I installed the app on my Samsung phone and tried it out on the same card.  Here’s a screen capture from my Samsung phone:

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AWESOME right?? Okay, so we tried out the other cards, and it turned out the Astronaut was actually not very awesome.  Because some of the other cards popped out a whole bunch of other stuff!!

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What we have here is the card for the orthodontist.  Watch what happens when I place it in front of the camera.

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Well, helloooo there Orthodontist + patient + dental clinic chair + fake teeth in the orthodontist’s hand! *waves back*

Let’s try something else.  Bring on the letter U please, because it is always so difficult to find words that begin with U.  Before you scroll down, test yourself: Can you think of an occupation that begins with U? 1 – 2 – 3. Time’s up. Scroll down please.

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Used car salesman! Why didn’t I think of that? The card looks so plain and boring.  Let’s put it in front of the camera and see what happens.

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WOAH!! That’s crazy! Out comes two used cars (complete with discount price tags) and a ‘Cars for sale’ banner!

Still not convinced how awesome these cards are? Let me show you some VIDEOS.  Because, I can’t show you 4D without videos with movement and sound effects right? Here we go.

Another challenging letter: X.  Here we have Xavier, the X-Ray Operator.

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Amazing right?? Especially that sheet of X-Ray popping out at the end!

Next, MY chose Jenny the Jockey.

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LOL at the hurdle appearing out of nowhere!

Another one: Daisy the Dancer. I can’t wait to see those moves!

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Matt the Magician.  You can just guess what is going to happen, can’t you?

Hannah the Hairdresser.  You know this is going to be fun.

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In the last video, I deliberately moved the card around so that you can see the animation moves along with the card.  So you can actually watch from different angles!

After a while, the cards were strewn all over the floor, and the kids decided to just flash the camera at them and see what happens.

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Look at that! It is possible for more than 1 card to pop out at any one time!

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This means you can encourage the kids to come up with interesting scenarios or storylines with the flashcards! You can follow Octaland 4D+ Facebook Page for interesting ideas on what you can do with these cards.

How to purchase

DIY Flashcard & Edutoys is the main distributor for Octagon 4D+ Flashcards in Singapore. To purchase, hop on over to their website!

Octaland 4D+ Flashcards are currently priced at SGD15 per set.  The app is free to download.

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Giveaway Time!

I have TWO sets of Octaland 4D+ Flashcards to be given away to 2 lucky readers! To stand a chance to win them, simply complete the one-step Rafflecopter below:

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Contest ends 22 September 2015, 2359 hours.

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Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.

4Comments

  1. Natalie says:

    That is amazing! What will they think of next?

  2. Cheryl says:

    Xavier the Xray operator

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