MikuMikuStudio Sample Tiny AR, an app which features Miku Hatsune, won the "global prize" of Android Application Award 2012.
The combination of the electronic diva Hatsune Miku and augmented reality (AR), a cutting-edge technology which virtually enhances your perception of the real world, is really futuristic.
Even if you have never heard of AR, you can easily learn what it is like with the app.
Activate the app, and Miku starts dancing in the screen. The background is black by default. To experience the genuine worth of AR, push menu button and choose "camera".
And you can capture the real world using a camera on your smartphone.
Turn your smartphone, and you can see Miku from different angles.
There are other vocaloid characters available. This is Rin Kagamine viewed from the left side.
Luka Megurine seen from above.
The last picture is Ren Kagamine, who is Rin's brother.
As shown above, you can look at your favorite vocaloid from all angles. It is also possible to change the music and their dance style.
According to the developer, however, the performance of the app depends on which Android device you use, and it may not work on some models. Even if it works on yours, it is better to deactivate other apps to play it comfortably.
This app lets us know what the leading-edge technology is like in an enjoyable way for free.
Device used: Xperia arc (SC-01C)
Last updated: 4/17/12
Compatibility: Android 2.2 or higher
Translation by Ryota Kasai