Augmented Reality Tattoo Makes Your Skin Come Alive

How about Augmented Reality as a form of body art? A company called ThinkAnApp has made that possible with an augmented reality tattoo.

The ’s design is simply a square barcode marker on the skin, but when seen through a webcam an animated flying dragon appears to be hovering over the box. The Buenos Aires-based ThinkAnApp developed software that recognizes a barcode on a curved surface (like your body), making the flying dragon overlay possible.

The below video demonstrates the effect. It’s an initial test for how the augmented reality concept could be used to power even more creative tattoo art.

What do you think: Are AR tattoos too gimmicky? Is it too restrictive to require a webcam in order to get the full tat experience? Or should companies be working on other devices with which to view AR content so that one day we can achieve the futuristic cyberpunk dream of putting on sunglasses to see people’s skin spring to life?

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