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Animated Augmented Reality Tattoo Sings a Little Song

by Range

This isn’t just a any old tattoo, but it’s actually an animated augmented reality tattoo, which in my book makes it awesomesauce. However, I still wouldn’t want one on my skin. Would you?

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The tattoo was created by Paris-based tattoo artist Karl Marc. As the barcode tattoo was completed, it became the target for an augmented reality application. The whole thing was streamed live while he worked on his friend Marco’s chest for about four hours. Once finished, the tat resulted in a little augmented reality animation on the guys chest.

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The only question that remains is what to do once you get tired of that little animation? Probably just tattoo something else over it. Or, you could just create a new animation, I suppose. Adding an interactive element is something that some people will enjoy. I wonder if someone will end up covering their whole body in augmented reality targets.

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Comments (8):

  1. Technabob says:

    It’s too bad that I think the AR part of this video looks fake to me. You could never put an iPhone camera that close to the surface of the skin and still have it produce an image in complete darkness. Plus, the jump to YouTube after the camera flash goes off makes me suspicious too.

    Cool idea, though, and there’s no reason why it can’t be done for real – just hold the damned iPhone a few inches away from the subject next time, and maybe I’ll believe it.

    • MC says:

      Pause the video on full screen at 1:48 and download Scanlife (free app) onto you smartphone, you can scan the code and see the result…Not FAKE!

      • Ian says:

        It is completely fake. That app you pointed to is proof – it is a barcode and QR code scanner. All it does is jump to a youtube video.

        Scanning a QR code and playing a youtube video is NOT augmented reality. Go look it up.

  2. Tim says:

    this isn’t AR, this is just a QR code that is scanned and sent to a youtube video. If it were a true AR, they would use the phone and an AR app to view the icon that would then open up the animation in real time.

  3. Range says:

    It’s too bad as well, but it’s an inkling where the tech will go.

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