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iOS 12’s imminent release and its link on figure collectingiOS 12’s imminent release and its link on figure collecting

NegaNegaVor 3 MonatenNews
I know I’ve preached about Augmented Reality here before and I’m very well aware Apple has nothing to do with anime figures. Apple’s special event conference in a week’s time, the release of iOS 12 and the new iPhones is always exciting. There is one thing that I thought people may be interested in next week, iOS 12. Why is this so important?

Well, this year’s WWDC announced a new file format, namely USDZ that will be released alongside iOS 12 and the new generation of iPhone. That being the JPG of augmented reality. Let me explain and stop being cryptic lol:

1. USDZ stands for Universal Scene Description. It is developed by Pixar of all people and is developed to be the new standard for 3d augmented reality objects. It is a file format that is able to be downloaded from the web, just like PNG images and are able to be placed anywhere in the world using augmented reality.

2. For those who don’t know what exactly “augmented reality” is. Think of placing virtual objects into the world. Using cameras and soon glasses lens, AR opens the door to virtual fantasy in the real world.

USDZ is going to be revolutionary. Yes, it is totally relevant to anime figures. iOS 12 isn’t only going to introduce USDZ, it is also introducing shared screen AR and location recognition.

Multiple devices will be able to see the same scene, rendered in AR and you can display stuff, save its location and come back to it in its initial spot.

A use case for anime figures include displays that can be animated or interactive. with sound even!

A controversial thing I mentioned was that it will “replace physical figures”. I more think that it’ll be another medium for figure companies to tackle now. I realised nothing can replace the beauty of tangibles.

For those interested, the conference is 10am PST Wednesday 12th of September. I wonder what you think? Is AR a potential alternative for cheaper, more surreal and interactive figures?
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19pt
When it comes to collecting, nothing beats the tangible. Humans are bound to be more emotionally attached to what they can touch. That's human nature. And if manufacturers want to make money, they only need to satisfy this need (i.e, figures to symbolize the love for a character)
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As long as you need a device between you (phone screen or uncomfortable glasses) AR "figures" won't be popular. It might be cool to play around with for a day or two but it gets old super fast.

I guess you could just put a phone on a stand and a dancing AR Miku on the screen but that's not any different from playing a video.
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1pt
Now that would be the premium incarnation of consumerism... Well, to some extent I think it would work if ones wish to create displays that set a certain mood and can be changed easily without taking actual space. Not a bad idea in that sense. But from a collecting point of view, you the entire point which is about "craftmanship", the fact something virtual (drawing) was put in material 3D requiring technical and artistic skills to grasp it. Is there a place for such a technology: certainly, and maybe where we expect it the less. Unfortunately, at the end of the day it won't make us having worst or better life, just something else to think about! ;-) Thanks for sharing.
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iWhits (Vor 3 Monaten) #39757461When it comes to collecting, nothing beats the tangible. Humans are bound to be more emotionally attached to what they can touch. That's human nature. And if manufacturers want to make money, they only need to satisfy this need (i.e, figures to symbolize the love for a character)

Like you have said, I would rather have something that I can see and touch. I think it is great that Apple are making headway with augmented reality (AR) technology, but it's not gonna be something everyone likes. I'll just be waiting for Virtual reality (VR) to get to SAO levels of immersion.
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3pt
Everything digitizes. At least holofigs will have a good cast off feature.
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darkfader lolicon
I don't have an iPhone, but I wished this app I have had a mobile app... www.geishatokyo...
It probably uses custom file formats not making it worth hacking. There are some MMD AR apps that may be fun to try.
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Jenthehen Otaku at Law
There are already a lot of virtual games where you collect virtual items, right? Or games where you have a physical toy and it somehow connects to a videogame? So I'm guessing that for anime figures, we probably aren't changing much any time soon ... I've heard that despite being super technologically advanced in many ways, Japan can be very slow to adapt or change - especially in otaku culture. I don't see any of us giving up our plastic waifus for virtual versions (especially when you can have both, right? lol)
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5pt
I dunno seems kinda dubious to me. Why would you put your source 3D models into a program that the masses can get and find some way to unpack the program to get back the 3D models. I don't think they'd be very happy about that.
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4pt
Now, I'm not too tech savvy and all of this sounds really interesting but there is one thing you mentioned that I thought was written rather poetically:

"..nothing can replace the beauty of tangibles"


It's how I've always felt buying blu-rays and physical copies of games, etc.
anyways.

Perhaps this new tech you mentioned can be used to see how figures will fit/look in peoples collections.
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4pt
AR will be a good way to record, save, and share a person's collection. It would be nice to see someone's collection 'up close.' Maybe it could even be a good background for a figure. But aside from that, I don't think it has anything else to offer figure collectors because majority of a colletor's satisfaction is derived from admiring and owning the physical object. The same reason why people collect designer bags, Jewelry, shoes, etc.
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