Rusty the Squeaky Robot is a beautiful book for children, proudly designed in Yorkshire.
It's also something completely new; an interactive multilingual audiobook and game via completely free apps for your smartphone or tablet.
For the first print run only, Rusty the Squeaky Robot is just £6.50.
Selling directly lets us keep our apps completely free. It also lets us sustainably print our books in the UK, without charging you more.
We are aware that some people would prefer to support local book shops and we have already arranged to stock a number of independent shops in the North of England and Scotland in the coming months.
Rusty the Squeaky Robot tells the story of Rusty and the other robots who live on the faraway Planet Soundbot. Designed in Leeds and printed in the UK we're proud of the twenty beautiful full-colour pages.
Have a look at these example pages from the book. Click on a page to see a larger view:
The book works in harmony with the Soundbots apps on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices. These are all completely free with no adveritsing or in-app purchases.
Try for yourself by downloading the app now and scanning the example pages above!
We use augmented reality technology to bring the paper copy of Rusty the Squeaky Robot to life. Use the app to scan pages, collect robots for the soundbots games, and hear the book being read by real humans in English or French.
There are already phrase by phrase translations.
Many more languages and features are coming soon!
Physical objects have a story to tell; we use technology to let them tell it.
We've been improving and licensing our technology for years, but Rusty the Squeaky Robot is the first product we are selling directly to the public. We know that there may be problems and we'll work hard to fix them as quickly as possible.
For more information and support have a look at imactivate.com. We'd love to hear what you think, especially if you have a great idea that you'd like to work with us on.