Apple's ARKit Used to Recreate Classic A-ha 'Take On Me' Video

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Developers have been creating some impressive augmented reality apps and games with Apple's upcoming ARKit API, and the latest proof-of-concept video reimagines the video accompanying A-ha's 80s hit "Take On Me."

The video, created by augmented reality studio Trixi, uses ARKit, Unity 3D assets, GameFlow, and animations made using Mixamo to combine real world visuals with black and white sketched characters in the "Take On Me" video style.


The original A-Ha video featuring a sketched comic book character that comes to life took several months to create, but Trixi founder Chip Sineni told The Verge that the ARKit version took just a couple of days.

"The hardest part was not having the all the live video receive the post effect," said Sineni. "But [we] really wanted that effect of turning your world into the 'Take on Me' experience, not a baked in experience."

ARKit is set to position the iPhone and the iPad as the largest augmented reality platform when it launches alongside iOS 11. Developers have created a wide range of content using ARKit, ranging from the practical applications like room measurements and furniture placement to games.

The first apps able to take advantage of ARKit will launch this fall.

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41 months ago
I'm done......I'm off to learn programming....this is so great!
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41 months ago
now THIS I can get down with. Implementation was executed nicely...maybe it's the nostalgia effect.
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41 months ago
This is all well and good... until you're in the cartoon world and somebody crumples you up and throws you in a wastebasket.
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41 months ago
it's over. this takes the cake.
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41 months ago

I've never been so excited about an upcoming major iOS release as iOS11.
ARKit is the crown jewel door to so many new possibilities.
Praying for a mind blowing new phone platform to make it un-touchable.

Tim was not kidding when he said that AR was going to be Apple's next big thing.
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41 months ago
This is super clever.

I can only imagine how many ways this sort of augmented reality could be used for utility.
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