A Bear Called Mur
An Interview with Aksel Koie
CEO of Step in Books
Step in Books 2017
Aksel Koie, CEO of Step In Books, based in Copenhagen and founded in 2014, discusses the design and technology behind his Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award winning app, Mur. This is the second year Step in
Books has won this prestigious international prize. Mur is a beautiful, interactive, musical app that uses augmented reality and is built to augment the Finnish childrens book, A bear called Mur by Kaisa Happonen and Anne Vasko.
The app uses augmented reality to bridge the physical book with the virtual reality of the app universe. The images in the book can be scanned over, opening a dream-like intro sequence where the real world slowly fades and makes Murs world appear. The book becomes a set of keys to unlock interactive experiences in a 360 world, which can be navigated via the smart device as a sort of magical window. The Mur app follows the storyline of the book, but without words it focuses on music, which is built up in four acts, each with a different theme. The music is especially arranged, composed and performed for the app.
See the app take flight here.
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