All you Nintendo 3DS owners out there might feel a pang of jealousy with this tattoo. Yes, that is an AR Card that’s been tattooed on Cranberryzero’s arm. For those not familiar with the new Nintendo 3DS, it has augmented reality capabilities. Basically there’s a few physical cards that you use in cooperation with the 3DS camera and some AR enabled games. From what I hear it’s the kind of thing you have to see to really grok. Here’s a video showing it in action.
Cranberryzero bought a Nintendo 3DS last week and he says he was so excited about the AR capabilities that he ran out and got the 3DS AR tattoo this past weekend. It’s not perfect, but it works pretty well. He also thinks he can improve it with just some small tweaking:
Also, a couple things to note if you want to try this. Right now, the tattoo doesn’t always work in really bright light, like sunlight, but it works fine in dim-ish light. I think I need to go back and get an outline around it, because I think the 3DS is looking for the edge of the card and can’t find it in bright light. In the manual, it says to never obscure the white border around the card when you’re using the 3DS, something I didn’t notice til later. I thought the black border around the “?” would be an issue, but it doesn’t seem to be at all. When the 3DS recognizes it, you can clearly see the black outline, and I tested with a color printout of the card, and the issue does seem to be not seeing the edge, which is easily fixable.
Here’s a video of his AR tattoo in action:
Colby at Blue Flame Tattoo in Raleigh, NC helped augment the reality of Cranberryzero’s arm.