Kindly sent to us by the people at Educational Toys, we have a copy of POPAR: Planets 3D to review.

A little bit about POPAR books:

POPAR books aim to teach children about a variety of different subjects from Planets to Sea-life. However though these aren’t any normal books, these books use A.R (Augmented Reality) technology to help children have more interaction with the books. Through the use of a smart phone or tablet camera the pages of the book can be brought to life by simply pointing the devices camera at the pages of the books. Each book has its own companion app available on both Google Play and Apple App Store.

Planets 3D:

The book itself teaches children about each of the planets in the Solar system, each planet is spread across two pages. Each planet has an informative write-up that aims to teach children the interesting things about each individual planet as well as pictures. Each planet also has a small box called ‘Fun Facts’ which gives the child a small but interesting fact about that pages planet. I really like just how informative each page is, just the right amount of information is provided for a child and my son really loved reading about all the different planets.

 

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POPAR: Planets 3D App:

The device I used for the App is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 7″ Android tablet. The app itself is quite easy to use, once we start the app up we are greeted by the main menu screen, which has four options to choose from, which are, book mode, VR mode, more and about. Located in the bottom left hand corner of the app is the settings icon.

So lets take a look at each mode.

Book mode:

Book mode is only accessible if you have a copy of Planets 3D. If you don’t have a copy, the app will give you a link to help you buy one. So naturally if you are using Book mode, the app will ask you to line your devices camera up using an on-screen guide with the front cover of the book, once you have done this and the app has confirmed you have a copy of the book, you will have the choice of choosing which page you would like to view, the first page number choose-able is 7 as 6 and 7 are the first pages to contain a planet or in this case a star (The Sun). Once you have chosen the page you would like to use, it is a case of simply using the on-screen guide to line up your tablets camera with the page. Once done a 3D interactive model of the planet you are viewing information about will pop up on your device’s screen. You are able to rotate the planet, zoom in and out of the planet and tap on the planet to learn some more about it, there is also a voice button which will read the information out to you and a video button to watch a short video about that planet. There is also an icon you can touch which will take you to a 3D model of the satellite that is connected to that particular planet. This again will give your child and yourself some very interesting facts regarding that planets particular satellite. There is also an ability to read along with the book, which is great for children who love to hear as well as read. My son was kept entertained for hours by all the various different ways he could interact with the planets.

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VR mode:

Unlike Book mode, VR mode doesn’t require the book in order to be used. In VR mode, the user is given all the planets side by side on one screen, from here they have the option to choose any one of the planets at a time by using the on-screen analogue stick. Once the user has chosen a planet, they simply touch it to be taken to an information page about that planet. They can then here information about each planet as well as interactions.

 

Overall:

I was very impressed by this book and the way uses a combination of non technology and technology to educate children. It not only provides the child with hours of fun, but also knowledge. The book was great fun to read with my son and the app made it an even better experience. I can safely say that if you have young children who are in primary school studying science, that this book and app would be a great aid for extra learning time at home. My child isn’t quite primary school age yet, however he loved reading and interacting with this book and when he does reach that age, he will definitely have this book to help him along.

To buy the book click the link below:

POPAR: Planets 3D Book

For more great POPAR products click the link below:

POPAR

 

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