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One of the unexpected discoveries that I made at DLD wasn’t an introduction or a technological advancement, but came whilst I was in the audience for a panel of developers talking about new apps. Amongst the men (& a 16yr old boy-entrepreneur) talking about their disruptive new ideas, was an Indian girl who had brought her business to the table, Khoya, a beautiful story-telling app for the iPad that allows children to not only explore the story but participate in it in their surroundings. In a way, it felt like the most disruptive idea of all: something that has the capability to change the way children read and engage with literature.

The brainchild of illustrator Shilo Shiv Suleman, it is ravishing, and watching the story unfolding on the iPad when Shilo and I sat down for a drink later that evening, made me realise for the first time how children will read in the future. I kept thinking of my six year old godson who has just discoveredย  proper reading books and who also loves technology, and how exploring a proper old-fashioned quest tale, like the one at the heart of Khoya, mixed with proper interactivity, would blow his little inquisitive mind.

And, even though the latest technology and wonderful ideas for augmenting the game with reality lie at its heart, Khoya still couldn’t exist without proper old fashion illustration and story-telling. (Shilo described her illustration input as “three months of bleeding fingers”.)

Here’s her illustration evolution for the character of the Mapmaker:

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Screen shot 2012-01-26 at 22.18.05http://khoya-app.blogspot.com and there’s a link there to the Apple App store: Khoya is $4.99.

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That is such a cool app! I’m downloading it right now. I love your blog and am now following you on Bloglovin’!

Step into Estherina’s World

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@Estherina’s World: Thank you Estherina: much appreciated! LLGxx

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amazing drawings so inspirational ๐Ÿ™‚

http://haideeandco.blogspot.com/

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Wow, those illustrations are amazing and that’s such a beautiful use of modern technology!

I have only just come across your blog through Red Magazine – it’s brilliant! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a good Sunday xo

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@Mademoiselle Poirot: Thank you so much! And you too! LLGxx

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Magical and a wonderful development!

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Hello LibertyLondonGirl. ๐Ÿ™‚
Thank you much much for your luffly sharing of Khoya.
It was super nice discussing paris, dogs, love and technology over some breadsticks and wine with you. ๐Ÿ™‚
every conference in black suits needs a dash of colour.
Love and hoping our worlds collide soon.
Shilo
http://www.shiloshivsuleman.com

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@Shilo Shiv Suleman: And you too my dear! See you at the next conference: and let me know if you come to London. LLGxx

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