The Satch Viewer (iOS version here) AR (augmented reality) app has been around for a while, but I'm here to let you know about all the new goodies they added in the most recent update.
The biggest news is the release of Hatsune Miku DLC, so I downloaded me some Miku goodness and tested it out with a couple of kids (7 and 9 years old) who are big Vocaloid fans.
To get to the Hatsune Miku DLC, tap the Tenorin (てのりん) button on the screen to the left, go to the Market (マーケット) to download the content, then start up the palm recognition (手のひら認識).
Match one of your hands to the outline on the screen and Hatsune Miku magically appears! She'll sing one of a number of original songs right in the palm of your hand!
Karin-chan, a character made especially for Tenorin, is also available for your enjoyment.
Having a tiny Miku dance and sing around the palm of your hand really is neat, but it does get a little tiring holding your phone in your left hand and holding your right hand out for Hatsune to dance on.
The official video illustrates a good technique for avoiding tired arms and keeping the camera steady. Take a look below:
Let me remind you that Satch Viewer isn't solely for Hatsune Miku. Satch Viewer is more of a platform app that offers tons of different kinds of AR content.
An example of another neat option is Nandemo AR (なんでもAR), which lets you make your own AR using stuff you own. Another is the image search function (画像検索機能) that displays information in AR when specific items are viewed on your phone's camera. Frequent updates and new content mean there's plenty to look forward to with Satch Viewer.
Also, for KDDI's au Smart Pass (Satch Viewer is published by KDDI) members, the normally 150 yen Hatsune Miku JET☆STREAM AR is being given out for free to the first 3939 downloaders. I checked today and there were still free downloads available, so Smart Pass members that like free stuff should hurry up and download some Miku!
- Hachune Denchi: Useful Battery Indicator Plus Fun Farming Mini-Game with Hachune!
- With An Award-Winner app MikuMikuStudio Sample Tiny AR, You Can View Miku from a 360-Degree Angle
- Tap, Tap, Tap Rhythmically to Help Miku Sing! :Hatsune Miku no Lip Sync Game
Time used: about 30 minutes
Device used: AQUOS PHONE SERIE
Publisher: KDDI Corporation
Last updated: 12/12/2012
Compatibility: Android 2.2 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan