What are IR Books?

IR Books are the first of their kind. Combining cutting edge VR and AR technology with traditional children’s books, IR Books redefine the learning experience, allowing students to delve into new and exciting topics like never before.

With IR books, students first read about a favorite topic from the printed page. Then, with the help of the IR Books app, they can bring that topic to life, creating a captivating educational experience like no other. 

From traveling back in time to witness the birth of the universe, to diving deep beneath the ocean for a close encounter with Great White Sharks, to journeying to exotic destinations around the world, IR Books turn curious students into protagonists of their own adventures, offering a wide range of engaging content to explore in a truly unforgettable way.

Where do I get IR Books?

IR Books are available at your local public library. If your library does not offer IR Books yet, be sure to ask when they will arrive!

What is the target age group for IR Books?

IR Books are available in a wide range of reading levels and are appropriate for students of all ages.

  • Level 1 titles: ages 4-7
  • Level 2 titles: 8-14
What you need
  • The physical book
  • The IR Books™ app from the iOS or Google Play Store.
  • An Android (i.e. Samsung, Google, etc.) or iOS (Apple) mobile device capable of hosting the minimum system requirements as listed on the IR Books™ app.
  • (Recommended) For a 360-degree immersive VR experience, VR goggles are required. At minimum, we recommend Google Cardboard.
What to do
  • Start reading!
  • At three different points in the book, you will come across a QR code which will activate a related VR (Virtual Reality) or AR (Augmented Reality) experience. Download the app. Scroll through the instructions until you come to a SCAN or EXPLORE option. Choose SCAN, then center the QR code in the box. The experience related to this book will automatically download.
  • Choose HEADSET if you have VR goggles. Let the experience begin!
About VR experiences:
  • Be sure to look around and not just straight ahead.
  • Listen for the narration and the music.
  • After the initial experience, look out for additional Points of Interest. Points of Interest are visible with an “i” inside a circle. Simply align your goggles to go deeper into the book.
Where do I get the IR Book App?

The IR Book App can be found in either the App Store or the Google Play Store. Search for IR Books and download the app. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Is registration required?

No registration is required to use the IR Books App, and you will not have to enter any personal information. You simply open the app, scan the QR code contained on the printed page, and the experience will launch automatically. All you need is the physical book, VR headset and your smartphone.

What devices work with IR Books?

The IR Books App supports both iOS and Android devices.

Not all smartphones will work with IR Books, since the advanced VR and AR technology requires a CPU that is powerful enough to ensure a good experience for the user.

A full list of supported devices can be found here.

Do I need a VR headset?

You do not need a VR headset to use the IR Books App; a 2D video of each experience is available. However, we highly recommend using a VR headset or Google Cardboard that is compatible with smartphones to take full advantage of the 360 video experience.

What type of VR headsets work with IR Books?

Any VR headset that can use an inserted smartphone will work. We recommend using the Google Cardboard VR headset provided by your public library for IR Books.

How many IR Books are available?

We are currently offering two collections of nine IR Books each, for a total of 18 books.

Many more titles are in production and we’ll be releasing new and exciting adventures on a regular basis! Visit your local public library or school for more information.

How do I use IR Books?

You must be online to use the app.

Download the IR Books App from the App or Google Play store. As you read the printed book, you will find QR codes in three sections of the book. Open the app and follow the onscreen instructions. Select the scan button on the lower right-hand side of the app. Scan the QR code and the VR or AR experience will begin downloading. Once the experience has downloaded, select “Launch.”

You can choose “Cardboard Headset” or “No Headset.” Note: choosing “No Headset” will launch a 2D video of the experience.

Selecting “Cardboard Headset” will launch the VR experience. Place your phone in the headset and the experience will start automatically.

You can also select the explore button on the lower right-hand side to browse our selections of IR Books. You do not need a QR code to download and view the “Journey” experience. Select the IR Book you like, and press “download.” To view the second VR experience, you must use the QR code contained on the printed page.

In the middle of your screen will be a small white dot. This is the same as a mouse pointer and is used to select certain commands within the VR app while using the VR headset. Simply look at the icons to select the command.

Each VR experience contains several POI’s (Point’s of Interest). When the experience ends, you will see “i” in a circle indicating more information is available. Select the POI and you will see additional video and information about the book’s topic.

To exit out of the VR experience, place the pointer to the Home button. To replay the experience, place the pointer on the replay button.

What is AR and how do I use it?

Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory and olfactory (Wikipedia)

To use IR Books AR experience, scan the appropriate QR code contained on the printed page. The app will open your smartphone’s camera. Follow the onscreen instructions to scan the background in your own environment. Once the app has successfully completed the background scanning process, tap the screen and your image will appear. Then press the play button to start the animation and audio narration.

I’ve already downloaded the IR Book. How do I replay the experience?

From the home page, press the Home or Explore button. Press the scan button on the bottom right-hand corner. If your IR Book is already downloaded, it will immediately start loading the experience again.

How do I delete an IR Book from the App?

Press the Home or Explore button. While you are on the main menu, press the yellow/orange book icon in the lower right-hand corner of the app. Any books that you have downloaded will appear there.

Why is the IR Book App not working?

It could be that you do not have a compatible smartphone. Please check the “What devices work with IR Books” section.