Due to its ability to place digital content in the real world, the elevated reality increases well for artists and creativity.
Two new mobile apps, one from Google and another from an indie developer band to Magic Leap, invert the creative notion by taking the real world and morphing it through an enhanced reality.
First up is Weird Cut, the latest in a series of complemented reality applications coming from the experiments with Google project, such as Big Bang AR, Just a Line, and notable women.
Developed by artists Zach Lieberman and Molmol Kuo in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture, allows users to cut out images from the real world and then paste them elsewhere in their physical environment to create 3D digital collage . With the cutouts placed in space, users can then manipulate their size and move them around their environment via the touchscreen.
"Users can download the app and capture elements in the world and put them in space in brand new and unexpected ways," Liberman said.
Weird Cuts is currently only available for Android via Play Store, but it requires Android Oreo 8.0 and it latest version of ARCore, and the app has only been tested with devices with Google Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel XL and Samsung S series with non-ARM GPU. (The app immediately crashes on my Pixel 2 run Android Q beta, but this is the life on the bleeding edge.)
The app's description mentions compatibility with ARKit-compatible iPhones running iOS 11 or later, so it seems weird clips can appear on App Store soon.
And then there is Doodle Cam from Kevaid and developer Aidan Wolf. The app's key function is similar, except instead of drawing pictures from the real world, Doodle Cam can cut out drawings, logos, text and the like from their 3D surroundings. Users can then rely on the doodles and continue copying and pasting them into their personal space.
Wolf, an original member of the Magic Leaps Leap Squad, previously led the development of the mobile Blue Sky Paint app. His latest magic trick works on similar principals. While Blue Sky Paint uses a machine learning algorithm to recognize the sky and then applies graphic shaders to mask the horizon and occlusive objects, Doodle Cam uses a comparative display to identify contrasting colors and then segments and pinch the darkest colors.
The App is available as a limited beta for iOS (and Wolf's DMs are open on Twitter for beta requests), with Android beta launch on May 17. Wolf told Next Reality that he aims to launch the app publicly at the end of May with a $ 1.99 price tag.
It was not long ago that artistic creations via mobile AR apps were limited to pull out lines in space. Weird Cuts and Doodle Cam show that AR art can break the boundaries of what we expect to merge digital creations with the physical world.
"We're really excited about increased reality because it opens a path for artists to tell stories visually," Kuo said.