Songs of Cultures

Bilingual songbooks with Augmented Reality App
PROJEct state

Work in progress

Awards

BESTFORM Award 2019 – Finalist

Funding

EFRE – Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung
Art Foundation of the State of Saxony-Anhalt and Kloster Bergesche Foundation

„Songs of Cultures“ will be the first german-vietnamese edutainment product with songbook and Augmented Reality App. It will enable children to easily learn a foreign language and intercultural competence.

Concept

The world is growing closer together than ever. Still there are gaps in knowing each others culture. Different countries have different customs, songs and rituals. To promote a better understanding of languages, cultures and empathy for each other’s perspective we need to apply design thinking and social entrepreneurship towards technology.

By creating a meaningful application like „Songs of Cultures“ we can show the beautiful side of cultures with songs, melodies and legends in a didactic and entertaining way. It’s a bilingual songbook series with loving illustrations in which fantastic worlds and characters are brought to life through augmented reality technology. As an educational game it awakens interest in other cultures and promotes the ability to deal with them openly. The book serves as a haptical and physical element with the app which conveys melodies and lyrics through simple interactions. Songs are sung by characters who magically immerse the environment in a new cultural atmosphere. Their appearance and their instruments show typical characteristics of the different cultures. You can simply listen, enjoy or sing along and practice lyrics and melodies.

First Prototype Video

To evaluate the AR technologies ARCore for Android and ARKIT for iOS, you can see here an early prototype created with our preferred game engine Unity:

Funding

The development of the first app in the „Songs of Cultures“-Series is supported by the European Fund for Regional Development (ERDF) within the context of the Digital Creativity funding programme of the Saxony-Anhalt Investment Bank. App Realease is expected to be completed in December 2020.

Funded by the Art Foundation of the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the Kloster Bergesche Foundation.

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