We are writing the first HD Interactive Book for iPad on Machu Picchu for the benefit of kids of all ages.
Please Pledge NOW! No charge is made to your credit/debit card unless we raise the full amount!
UPDATE: April 2, 2012: Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for the interest in our project! While you're here, please make a pledge to the campaign or we are not going to make this dream a reality! Making a pledge is easy. Just follow the link, enter in the information and then you're set. If you pledge $25 or more, you've pre-ordered a copy of this great book AND you're guaranteed your name in it when it's developed. Now how cool is that? If we don't make the goal, the project does not get funded and you are charged nothing!
About Our Great Book
In 1912, American Archeologist Hiram Bingham raised $20,000 to make an historic expedition to Machu Picchu, the "Lost city of the Incas" he had “re-discovered” in the heart of Peru's Andes mountains the year before. His exploration brought about the most significant archeological find in South America and now is listed as one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World."
Bingham's team of explorers packed mules with the day's best cameras, camping gear, food packs and machetes, and they braved the depths of the unexplored, thick jungle, crossing the raging Urubamba River with its swift rapids, ascending the mountainous precipices with 2,000-foot drop-offs--and did we mention venomous snakes--to reach a long-abandoned city that time had forgotten.
Exactly 100 years later, we are raising funds for a new and exciting, historic expedition to commemorate the incredible work of Hiram Bingham and to use today's technology to produce the most extensive Interactive Book for the iPad on Machu Picchu.
We are going to capture that same spirit of discovery and make it available to everyone in a way that has NEVER been done before.
(If you haven't done so, watch the cool video above for more information!)
What Is An Interactive Book?
Reading our Interactive Book on an iPad would be like sitting in one of those big domed movie theaters and watching the movie they'd show you, but instead you're holding the screen. It's like holding your window of opportunity in your lap and being able to turn that window in any direction and explore the mystery and mystique of what is Machu Picchu.
Think of seeing a spinning 3-D animation that helps you understand how they knew when it was a seasonal equinox, or seeing hi-res photographs of their ancient buildings with such a high number of pixels your eyes can't tell if it's right there in front of you or not.
Think about being able to read vibrant descriptions of the Temple of the Three Windows and then tap and display HD videos, high-res 360° photos, interactive charts and graphs like you were actually standing there in Peru! And what if you wanted to highlight text and take notes within the book? Yeah, you can do that, too!
Through our window of opportunity millions of people around the world will be able to see many of the incredible sights Hiram Bingham observed and attempted to share with us 100 years ago but could not because of the limits of technology.
Out of our great thirst for adventure and mystery, we selected Machu Picchu, which archeologists believe was built around 1438 AD, because it truly is one of the most remarkable places on Earth. We also want to give honor of the incredible adventures of Hiram Bingham and his crew 100 years ago this year.
With the power of 360° high-def video and photography, we will give our Interactive Book readers the sense that comes only from being in the jungle of the Andes--minus the threat of venomous snakes!
We will share the sounds of the raging Urubamba River, the views from Machu Picchu and the iconic mountain in its background known as Huayna Picchu, and we will seek to show the sacred aspects of the burial caves around the historic site. With interactive graphics we will be able to demonstrate how the ancients at Machu Picchu covered the roofs of their houses, demonstrate their exquisite stonework and the high-tech engineering they used to lock the door to their city and its clan groups.
And that's just the beginning....
The Wonders Expedition™
The Wonders Expedition™ began in Dec. 2011 out of recognition of the fascinating nature of more than 250 Wonders of the World. We are digging deep into the wonders and mysteries of life on this planet. We feed the instinctive desire buried in each of us to know why and what and how; We plant dreams of wonder and exploration in the young at heart all over the world.
We have a team of experienced authors, editors, publishers, marketers, photographers, and graphic artists who have years of experience telling great stories and creating great works of art. And through our interactive process of rewards, you, too, can be a part of the developmental process of our book. That's just one more thing about this effort that makes it so exciting and so rewarding. When this book is done, your name will be in it and you will be able to tell anyone you know, "I helped write history that will be read for a very long time to come!"
About Our Project
Upon receipt of your contributions, just like Hiram Bingham did 100 years ago, we will put our expedition team together—this one of writers, photographers, graphic designers, video editors and marketers, and begin production on this incredible Interactive Book. Don't worry, those precious few lucky enough to make the trip will have a pair of snake boots! (It's those 12-inch gray snakes we're worried about the most!)
In June/July 2012, we will send the team to Peru to photograph and explore the site with some of the most renowned archeologists and historians we can find and assemble HD videos, hi-res photographs, and begin to write, design and build the materials to make OUR book on Machu Picchu the one you will be proud to also have your name in. Forever.
We also will commemorate the historic journey and work of Hiram Bingham in our book on the 100th anniversary of his second trip to the site with a special section just about him and his adventures! (There will also be discussion about those who may actually have been there before him, too!)
Your support will help us cover the international travel expenses, production costs, marketing promotions and the overhead expenses to collect the funds and compensate Kickstarter for the use of their incredible platform to help organizations like The Wonders Expedition™ get off the ground and do something that is going to make a difference for people around the world for years to come. (We might even get a snake bite kit just in case!)
Remember, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing deal, so we ask you to encourage your friends and loved ones, and family members, to support our historic undertaking. Now is the time to help us be the first to the market with an Interactive Book that will have your name in it and maybe be read by someone another 700 years in the future. How cool is that to think about?!
Funds raised beyond the goal will go toward additional features and the initial production of our next books in the series, including The Colosseum, The Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid of Giza and the home of the Anasazi Indians of North America in Chaco Canyon, NM.
Thank you so much for reading about The Wonders Expedition™ and for your offer of support. If you cannot support us for Machu Picchu or are interested in helping us work on other sites, please go to our Website or find us at @Archeoastronomy on Twitter. We’ll follow back and then we can DM about ways to work together on other projects.
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