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February 15, 2010

Augmented Reality: Tattoo that transforms into a flying dragon

Filed under: Computer Related,Computer Software,My Thoughts,Tech Related — Suramya @ 7:52 PM

Augmented reality, the words bring to mind a science fiction world where people wear glasses hooked up to computers that give additional information on the item being looked at. I have read scores of novels where this technology is in use by humans (both in a positive and negative sense) but till date this technology was still in the realm of Science Fiction.

Now this has changed. ThinkAnApp studio based in Buenos Aries has developed specialized software that allows them to create a tattoo that when viewed through a camera gets transformed into a flying dragon. Or anything else you want. Pretty cool eh?

Here’s what the Tattoo looks like when viewed through a camera:

Check out the video demoing the tattoo in action here.

This is just a prototype and isn’t released for public use yet. But it is a step in the right direction and slowly but surely we are moving closer to the day when the virtual world will overlay the real world and open up all the awesome possibilities that entails.

Source: ThinkAnApp – Augmented Reality (tattoo).

– Suramya


  1. Dude! That piece of tech is already in use. I mean if you buy a decent high-street branded webcam, like Logitech or Creative you’ll get some software that’ll do some similar funky things. But, that software will track your face instead. It was I’d guess was modd to track the square on his arm.
    What I really wanna see come true is either the Monitor they used in the movie “Avatar” or the moving painted portraits like in the movie “Harry Potter”.

    Comment by Rishi — February 21, 2010 @ 5:46 AM

  2. Yeah, you do get camera software that detects faces and does facial recognition for authentication etc. However in this case the main problem they solved was that they got it to work on a forearm which has a curved surface area.

    For the painted portraits the digital picture frames that we have now play movies giving a similar effect and the technology is in development that allows you to display digital images on a sheet of plastic (think epaper but with images)

    I can’t wait for these technologies to become common place.

    – Suramya

    Comment by Suramya — February 23, 2010 @ 3:42 PM

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