Roane County High School debuts first-ever 3D yearbook

Roane County High School debuts first-ever 3D yearbook

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You hold an iPhone or iPad over the book and the images come to life. You hold an iPhone or iPad over the book and the images come to life.
"It's awesome and I can't wait to see all students reactions and I'm really looking forward to getting out there and asking them what they think about it," said Editor Keaton Shillings. "It's awesome and I can't wait to see all students reactions and I'm really looking forward to getting out there and asking them what they think about it," said Editor Keaton Shillings.
At first glance, the yearbooks look the same as in years past. At first glance, the yearbooks look the same as in years past.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) - A new wave of 3D technology is helping bring to life the pages of high school yearbooks across the country and Roane County High is one of the first to debut it.

At first glance, it looks like any other from years past. But a closer look reveals so much more - that is, if you use your cell phone or tablet.

"You hold it over the image and your yearbook will come to life," said Jackson Stoess.

Stoess is the East Tennessee rep for Walsworth Yearbooks, the company that developed the technology.

She says all you have to do is download their free app, 3D Yearbook, and hold it over pictures with the 3D icon.

"It enables us to cover a lot more that happens within the school year still in the same number of printed pages," said Stoess.

The yearbook staff learned about the new technology earlier this year at a conference in Knoxville. Editor Keaton Shillings says he knew immediately they wanted it for their yearbook.

"It's awesome and I can't wait to see all students reactions and I'm really looking forward to getting out there and asking them what they think about it," said Shillings.

Right now, the only interactive images are focused around major news headlines from the past year and other pop culture events, but Stoess says as the technology rolls out they will soon be able to make it much more specific.

"We will be able to have a picture of the valedictorian that you can scan with your phone or tablet and you will be able to watch graduation or the valedictorian address," said Stoess.

Stoess says the possibilities are endless and is looking forward to helping other schools yearbooks capture even more memories to take with them when they graduate.

If you would like to check out the technology you can download the 3D Yearbook app from your app store and hold your phone or tablet over a twenty or one dollar bill and watch it come to life.

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