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Thursday 31 August 2017

New AR App Brings You Into The 'Take On Me' Comic Book

Chicago based Trixi Studios has created an augmented reality app for iOS 11’s ARKit framework which allows users to simulate the experience of the 'Take On Me' video in their own home.

Trixi Studios describes the project:

We are giant fans of the original video by Aha and director Steve Barron, and especially the legendary animators Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger who came up with the beautiful technique and style we were trying to emulate. 

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. 

This is not for an app we currently are planning on distributing.

In other words, don't look for it in the App Store, only the preview is available.  Even so, response from tech media has been pretty enthusiastic:

  • Engadget - ‘Take On Me’ app turns your home into an ’80s music video
  • Tech Crunch - Someone made the ‘Take On Me’ music video come to life with AR and it’s glorious
  • The Verge - Sorry, space cats, this interactive A-Ha video is the best use of ARKit we’ve seen
  • Mashable - Apple ARKit developer recreates ’80s classic ‘Take On Me’ by A-Ha in augmented reality
  • Daily Mail - Augmented reality app lets iPhone owners recreate A-Ha’s 1980’s ‘Take on Me’ video style in their own living room
  • Apple AR - Step into A-ha’s Classic ‘Take On Me’ Video with ARKit


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