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It's like something out of a Harry Potter movie. Kottura Innovations takes still print art pieces and animates them using an application on your mobile device, making the artwork fun, and interactive.  

Kottura Innovations is a locally grown media and art company with a creative spin, co-founded by ther husband and wife team of Kenneth and Angel Paulino. "We thought about this for many, many years," said Kenneth, "and it was just a matter of us trying to find cultural literary arts that we could use as a tool to teach our kids."

After returning to Guam from the United States mainland, the Paulinos went on a year-long mission to create their first digital application - Kottura ART - with the goal of teaching children about the Chamorro culture. Angel explained, "Kottura ART is basically the app that you would be able to use on all of our Kottura-branded artwork, so any original artwork from Kottura Innovations, anything from static wall art pieces to we also have other products, totes, t-shirts, and things like that."

When viewing these products, the app creates augmented reality. This animates what would otherwise be a static art piece, making it fun and interactive. But this is just the first step, as Kottura Innovations is also planning to release a learning application as well as an e-book titled, "Outsmarting Manet".

"It's the tale of the maidens that saved Guam from this terrible, big, out-of-control fish," Kenneth added. The maidens eventually work together to save the island of Guam. The story can be used in conjunction with the Kottura ART app, and includes audio in both English and Chamorro. Eight scenes from the story will be featured at different local establishments before the e-books release next month.

Angel said, "There's a total of, I believe, 32 scenes from our entire book, this is just basically our introductory to allow the public to come in and gain some type of awareness and be able to interact with the elements that we already have."

Kottura ART is available free of charge on the App Store for iOS and on Google Play for Android. To learn more about kottura innovations, you can find them on facebook or at www.kotturainnovations.com

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