KASTiS is a sub-regional collaborative and knowledge platform for the sustainable use of game technology and interactive media in Skaraborg. The project started August 1, 2015 and ends on July 31, 2018.
A part of KASTiS is the children’s book project Kiras och Luppes Bestiarium (Kiras and Luppes Bestiary) KLUB - a children's book series set in Skaraborg cultural environments.
Meet mythical beings
The books are supported by an Augmented Reality app: KLUB Bestiarium, which can be downloaded for free from App Store or Google Play. Users of the AR app will see the mythical beings from the books appear also above the books in 3D. This happens when you hold the mobile phone's or reading pads camera over letter shapes (drop caps / anfangs) found on certain pages.
The stories are designed together with museum educators and written and illustrated by game development students at the University of Skövde. The books are published in cooperation with Lokrantz book publishers in Lidköping and the app company Solutions Skovde. The project was first presented to the public at the Book and Library Fair in Gothenburg in autumn 2016. Four books are published and several more are under construction.
The friends Kira and Luppe are in the books helping the trolls researcher Lovis save mythical beings from the evil ringmaster, who is actually also a troll, a mountain king. The ringmaster wants to force other mythical creatures to perform at his circus.
The idea is that the fairytale figures through the app also will be portrayed and “come to life” at the local heritage sites and museums where the stories are unfolding. Mythical beings, when found, are scanned and saved in the app's bestiary, where the users can find facts to read about them.
Project idea and outcome
Because the books and the app's content is produced together with children and museum educators (target group 7-11 years) the material is thought to be useful in teaching situations. Within museums, libraries and schools, the books and app can be tailored to local requirements.
Some of the books in KLUB has also received funding in the form of reading promotion support from the Västra Götaland region.