A Kiwi author makes reading magical with augmented reality technology

A Kiwi author is blurring the line between reading time and screen time with a series of technology enhanced books.

James Russell is using augmented reality as seen in popular apps like Pokemon Go, to change the way kids interact with books.

He told 1 NEWS, "Kids have to learn that there's magic in a book and they can only do that by reading it. But this unlocks a bit more magic and gets them involved to begin with."

In his Dragon Brother's book series, for the same price, kids get to read a physical book and use a tablet device at the same time.

"Its great for children who are not inclined to read as much and are a little reluctant. They get in to it through looking at this 3D map and of course they want to know what happens in the rest of the story," Mr Russell said.

These books are the first of their kind for a New Zealand author.

Having already found success overseas, they could be the pop up books of the future.

James Russell's book uses augmented reality technology to give kids a little magic when reading. Source: 1 NEWS

SPOILER ALERT: 'No one saw it coming' - after blindside double elimination, both return to Survivor for redemption battle

Survivor NZ, with host Matt Chisholm, has debuted on TVNZ 2 tonight, with one contestant already gone, after a shock elimination.

Set in Nicaragua over 40 days, the reality show features 16 Kiwi contestants battling nature and each other for the $100k "sole survivor" winners prize.

In tonight's episode it was self-confessed "superfan" Dee who's fight on Survivor NZ was cut short as she was sent home in a shock elimination.

At the beginning of the episode the 16 contestants were separated into two tribes, Hermosa and Mogoton, but it wasn't long before Chisholm blindsided contestants with news of a double elimination. 

After mere hours in Nicaragua, the newly acquainted tribes competed in their first challenge, with Izzy from Mogoton Tribe deciding to play dirty.

At Tribal Council, Hannah from Mogoton and Dee from Hermosa were voted out…Until they returned the next day to battle for the right to keep playing the game as the first contestant to head to Redemption Island.

"No one saw it coming," said one of the contestants, after Chisholm announced Redemption Island to the contestants. 

It will offer an opportunity for Survivors to duel their way back into the competition after being voted out.

Kindergarten teacher, Hannah managed to beat Survivor "superfan" Dee in the duel, and heads Redemption Island to continue the game in exile. 

Survivor NZ airs again tomorrow at 7.30pm and thereafter each Sunday (from 7pm) and Monday (from 7.30pm).

Watch the full episode of Survivor NZ OnDemand here.


Gang members want the government to pay for rehabilitation to help members kick their drug habits

The Police Minister is standing firm against gangs asking for government help to pay for drug rehabilitation. Source: 1 NEWS