The first Dibidogs AR-book is now available

- 8:31 pm - August 28th, 2010

– including interactive 3D animation that leaps straight off the page!

The story of The Dibidogs and the Lost Princess – already familiar to many television viewers – has now been retold in a unique book form. Rocky, Jessica and their canine buddies pursue a thrilling adventure in this vividly-illustrated book.

In an exciting new revelation, the book contains interactive three-dimensional animation known as Augmented Reality (AR). Pointing a webcam or mobile phone viewfinder at markers on the pages produces 3D Dibidogs figures that seem to pop out of the book.

The characters welcome readers to places familiar from the TV show, such as Bonecity’s school and spaceport. By moving the camera, the user can make the dogs jump, roll over or move on to the next stage of the story.

The 3D animation is not essential to follow the plot, though. The volume can also be enjoyed as a traditional stand-alone storybook.

The AR technology used in the book was developed by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Scandinavia’s largest research institute. The book’s level of interactivity and photorealism is unparalleled world-wide.

The first edition is in Finnish. An English edition will be published in 2011.



In addition to the author and illustrators, the creative team for the first Dibidogs book included multimedia developers from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.


The Dibidogs and the Lost Princess

Published: 2010
Publisher: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Paasilinna 

Author: Tuija Lehtinen 

Illustrators: Mio Mäkijärvi and Emiel Inkeri
Augmented Reality technology: VTT, Prof. Charles Woodward and his multimedia team