Augmented Reality has gradually, yet effectively started to dominate the smartphone apps space since the past year. Developers too have extensively begun to bring this booming technology into their platforms whether it’s games or just fun little selfie apps. However, ever thought you would be able to virtually try out a tattoo using your smartphone? Well, it’s now possible thanks to AR and an app called “INKHUNTER”.
Inkhunter essentially lets you digitally print any tattoo designs on your skin. You can either choose a pattern from the app’s catalog or create/publish your own. The process, though, does require you to physically draw a smiley your hand or wherever else you’d like to paste for the application to recognize the precise location. There are already a ton of colorful and monochrome designs by various artists available, but as I said, you can also go with your own sketch or create text-based patterns right into the app. While most of the templates are free, you can unlock more by viewing a straightforward advertisement.
When it comes to the actual accuracy, I must say the app works flawlessly and the outcomes are sharp and more importantly, don’t look fake at all. The Augmented Reality algorithms Inkhunter features also allow you to modify the placement once you’ve processed the image so that you won’t have to draw that smiley repeatedly. Although, if you want to completely avoid the physical process, the app comes with a normal mode that overlays the tattoo over the camera’s viewfinder.
Furthermore, there are various settings if you want to tweak the result’s resolution too and the app also comes with a range of editing tools for configuring the contrast, sharpness and more. Inkhunter is entirely free of charge, you can download it for Android from the play store and for iOS, head over to this app store link.
Augmented Reality apps have been scurrying into the smartphone app sector and while Inkhunter is just targeting a niche audience, it certainly represents how applications will be more accurate and pragmatic from now on. Even this year’s MWC had an abundance of startups attempting to break into the industry through AR-powered hardware and software. It will be interesting how these evolve in this coming year.