Hallmark Launches AR Greeting Cards

Not a big surprise that Hallmark would get into the augmented reality game with a line of AR greeting cards. It makes a lot of sense to add content to a static piece of cardboard. I would suggest they consider adding free smartphone apps to view the cards so people can check them at the birthday table, but it’s a start.

Hallmark Launches Webcam Greetings with Augmented Reality
New cards combine the physical and virtual world
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 12, 2010) /PRNewswire/ — Hallmark Cards, Inc., today announced the release of webcam greetings, new cards that use augmented reality technology to bring the card to life on a computer screen.

The person receiving the card can visit www.hallmark.com/extra and follow the directions to be able to view a 3D animated feature by holding the greeting card up to the web camera. The technology breathes a digital life into the card. The animation tracks with the movement of the card, so no matter which way the card is moved, the animation will rotate along in full 3D. In many cards, various scenes appear as the card is turned in different angles in front of the webcam for a range of digital experiences.

“As Hallmark embarks upon our next 100 years in business, it’s important to continually identify new ways to help amplify the emotions our consumers feel when experiencing and sharing our products,” said Monic Muldrew, associate product manager. “With the experience available through these cards that come to life with a webcam, we hope consumers will fully explore and interact with this fun new way to connect.”

The augmented reality enhancements in webcam greetings are unique to the greeting card industry. Ten cards currently are available for Valentine’s Day and, as the year progresses, the company will roll out additional webcam greetings. Most webcam greetings retail for $2.99. Some webcam greetings include a sound clip that plays when the recipient opens the card (clip is audible without going online). These cards retail for $5.99. All webcam greetings are available wherever Hallmark cards are sold.

7 Responses

  1. That is crazy stuff, what will they think of next? I have to get one, if I can work it out then anyone can. Amazing novelty value, it will be interesting to see if it takes off and who their main market will be.

  2. Another sign of AR getting more and more mainstream.

  3. At first I thought, yet another player in the AR field. I launched it and quickly saw the name of a well known AR company during the installation. Weird PR not to benefit from it !

  4. […] manufacturers of fine greeting cards and pointlessly sentimental holdiays, have launched augmented reality (AR) greeting cards. Like some of the prototypes we’ve played around with, […]

  5. […] manufacturers of fine greeting cards and pointlessly sentimental holdiays, have launched augmented reality (AR) greeting cards. Like some of the prototypes we’ve played around with, […]

  6. How stupid is Hallmark to do this with a Plugin like D’fusion? You even have to download a whole software pack to your desktop and installation takes several minutes (at least in my case).

    The clever thing is that the one paying for the service might just see the cool AR-video but the one receiving the AR-card will not have any fun before messing with the TI plugin.

    BAD!

  7. Wow, I can’t belive it’s almost Valentines! Thanks for the post, I enjoyed it.

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