ARART App Brings Paintings to Life

October 12, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

When it comes to Augmented Reality, each day starts with a new kind of innovation that sparks inspiration in the tech world. The latest news corresponds to an app called ARART, developed by Japanese artists Kei Shiratori, Takeshi Mukai and Younghyo Bak.

The app virtually uses the camera of an iPhone to take a shot at a painting and will induce amazing effects to it that can be visualized on the phone’s screen.

With this pre-configured software, the app recreates a scene using augmented reality, bringing the images to life. Examples of these interactive pieces include the Mona Lisa, or the White Rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The app also has the capability of simulating spinning records such as Radiohead’s Kid A CD cover art, which can be controlled by manipulating them on an iPhone touch screen display.

Stepping out of the rather closed circles of application developers, the program is starting to circulate on digital art platforms like Creative Applications. Though designed specifically for ATTIC in Sapporoas a virtual experience exhibition, users can also download “ARART” from the Apple Store and view the animation simulations with some of the iconic work.

AR technology usually includes head-mounted displays, virtual retinal displays for visualization purposes, and construction of controlled environments containing sensors and actuators.

With the latest advancements, AR technology is quickly adapting into smartphones as they are the most popular devices in the market.

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