Nintendo Labo aims to use AR to help turn DIY cardboard models into accompanying toys, such as a paino keyboard (right), a fishing rod, a car controller, and others.
Basically, as with the Google “camera”, you fold the cardboard accessory into shape and slot in the Switch console to provide the visuals. It then ressponds to your different inputs, be they pressing the keys on the keyboard, reeling in the line, or revving the throttle. Neat.
You can read more about the system at labo.nintendo.com, but check out the video below to get a clear picture.
It will be available 20 April, for $69.99. A Robot Kit will also be available, on the same date, priced at $79.99.
There’ll also be a less-techy Customization Set, giving you stickers, tape rolls and stencils to jazz up the cardboard elements, for $9.99.
AR is Go
Nintendo always has been the most innovative of the gaming console companies – they need to be, of course, to stay in the game with thir bigger rivals – and here they are again. Using AR to get a virtual edge.
The company has already lead the way with AR, in the shape of Pokemon Go, an augmented reality game made with Niantic – see Did Pokemon Go really change how marketers view augmented reality?
[Via @kevinmcdonagh (Novoda)]