New iOS 11 ARKit Demo Turns Real Life Into A-ha’s “Take On Me” Video

Ever since Apple announced ARKit as part of the iOS 11 reveal during the opening keynote of WWDC, we have been treated to a number of concept apps and videos that show just what developers will be able to produce thanks to the new augmented reality API.

If even a percentage of the apps we have seen demonstrated actually turn into apps that make it to the App Store, then ARKit will prove to be one of the best additions in iOS 11 of them all.

Today, we were treated to a new concept with which to whet our appetite, and this one in no less amazing than those that came before it. Created by AR studio Trixi and taking advantage of technologies such as ARKit, Unity, GameFlow, and animations made using Mixamo, the video shared with the world shows a combination of real-world visuals with black and white sketched characters in what will be immediately reminiscent of A-ha’s “Take On Me” video.

Yes, you might need to Google the original music video if you are not old enough to remember it the first time around!

“This work was made very quickly and just for fun, there is a lot of room for improvement. We inspired by the intersection of emerging mass technology like ARKit and visual effects that traditionally have been difficult to recreate. Everything is live in camera and works as shown.”

As is always the case with these videos, we simply cannot do it justice by trying to describe it in text, and you really do need to witness if for yourselves. The video is what we would have called a technical marvel before ARKit came along, and the thought that this is all running on nothing more than an iOS device still astounds us. We can’t wait to see what actual apps are like when they start to ship alongside iOS 11 in the coming months.

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