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During the holiday season, one of our group members reads the "Polar Express" each year and he realized that making the book more interactive would provide a unique learning experience and bring back the fun of reading. However, due to the length of the book, it is not feasible to make it into an AR book. This is where the core premise for our project originated.

Changing tomorrow for the better

The other partner in the group agreed to join the project because he wants to improve books for all ages and make them more memorable. He also wants to encourage reading in a format that doesn’t sacrifice comprehension for ease of reading.

What it does

The individual lens

This individual lens turns the book we wrote and illustrated into a 3D immersive atmosphere. The benefit of 3D images is the ability to comprehend complex topics through visuals, as well as keep children engaged with what they are reading. This improves the overall reading experience for both inexperienced and experienced readers.

The long-term goal

In the future, we hope to use this technology for complex books such as anatomy or physics. It will allow the user to interact and see interactions in real-time, rather than needing to open a new tab or try to visualize with a 2D image. Our long-term goal is also to have a library of books that can be ordered and delivered each month based on interests, in order to promote learning new and intriguing topics.

How we built it


To create the book, we used Photoshop and Illustrator, with the help of AI to develop the basic design premise for the characters.


We used marker tracking to determine when to display the scenes for each page. We also used Cinema 4D, Blender, and Substance 3D to create the models used for our program.

Challenges we ran into

One of the biggest challenges we faced was that none of us were knowledgeable or skilled at drawing. It was a difficult challenge to overcome, but once we got into the flow of designing, it wasn't too bad. The other problem we ran into was due to memory restrictions on the Snap lens, we had to limit the number of complex interactions we wanted to have in the lens.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud of the overall quality and scope of the project. None of us on the team has worked on a project of this scale before, and we are excited to be able to present a finished product to the judges in this competition.

What we learned

Our group has learned a lot from each other and the skills that each of us possesses. For example, one of our teammates, Brilynd, has no background in 3D development or illustration, but still decided to join in order to learn from our other teammate, Matt, who has a background in 3D development but does not have a lot of experience at hackathons. Overall, it was really cool to see how we each used our areas of expertise to create this amazing project that we are proud to show off.

What's next for Snap-Books

Goal #1:

Our next goal is to create more Snap AR-enabled books to allow a wider audience of readers to enjoy Snap-Books.

Goal #2:

Another goal is to revise this project with narration and have a professional illustrator make tweaks to the book image designs.

Goal #3:

Create a platform that allows other authors to post their books and to connect and work with 3D models to create a wider variety of books for the platform.

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