In the near future, reality's going to be transformed through your phone camera. Get ready for some weird memes.
A quick video shot using Apple'stools on an iPhone shows a pretty jaw-dropping augmented reality take on the A-ha video "Take on Me." Someone (that looks more like a video game character than an actual person) is dancing in front of a magic portal into a pencil-and-paper sketch-world. We pass through. Now we're in the other space, looking through at kids dancing in the living room... half-sketch, half-real. It's mesmerizing.
Trixi Studios, the makers of this demo, are a Chicago-based augmented reality studio that also created one of the first launch apps, Phantogeist.
Much like Snapchat and its reality-bending lenses, or Prisma's impressive photo filters, ARKit seems ready to apply more advanced augmented reality effects in increasingly-impressive demonstrations by developers.
ARKit is arriving as part ofthis fall, but it's already looking amazing. And, even more impressively, a lot of these types of effects might be possible by future iPhone AR apps on the fly -- no complex editing necessary.
It suggests that dancing hot dogs are just the beginning of a long, strange trip into bizarre transformed home movies.
For comparison, the original "Take on Me" video is below.