Brilliant ARKit demo renders virtual robot commandos into video taken with iPhone 7

There’s certainly no shortage of impressive demos of awesome augmented reality apps made possible by Apple’s new ARKit framework in iOS 11, but this new proof-of-concept app from independent game developer Duncan Walker certainly¬†takes things up a notch.

Using ARKit and the Unity 3D graphics engine, Walker basically created a film experiment that puts virtual robot commanders on the street side by side with real humans.

To accomplish this, he first captured footage of real-life humans walking down the street with his iPhone 7.

As The Next Web notes, he then rendered the Unity-modeled virtual robots directly into the video, syncing the virtual objects almost perfectly to the shaky hand-held camera dynamics.

The end result looks almost too real to be believed, and here it is.

I was particularly impressed with the dynamic grounding shadows, even if they’re not perfect. Walker noted that his next experiment will put directional lights in the scene.

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