AR iPhone App Rapidly Takes Photos and Leaves Them Hanging in the Air

GIF Source: Dan Monaghan

You might be tempted to think this is just a cool experiment, but don’t be surprised when Mark Zuckerberg rips it off and it’s suddenly packaged with Instagram.

According to his website, this is the first app that Dan Monaghan has ever made. Float0 is an app that utilizes the new AR toolkit for iOS 11. The idea, for now, is that you shoot a bunch of photos as you move and then see them hanging in mid-air like a little gallery exhibition. Without offering his further plans, Monaghan writes that he’s just getting started:

It’s the beginning of much more, the demo is just the beginning of an iOS App that will do a whole bunch more. Currently, it’s just a tool for taking very weird photos. It’s smooth, running 60fps with 150 photo frustums sitting there easily. My first real “app” - and it actually does something, it’s a great feeling watching someone use it, some people are really engrossed in the visual experience, there is usually no stuttering or latency, which for camera tracking even in night conditions is great with the contrasty colors.


The iPhone 8 (or is it 7s?) will undoubtedly have an improved camera that could make this function even better.

It’s easy to imagine this having some sort of social network function. You could lift your phone and see if people have taken any photos in the area you’re standing. Or if you’re at a famous spot like the Eiffel Tower, open it up and see all of the shots that people have clicked and make sure you’re not doubling up. There’s surely an opportunity to gamify it into some sort of scavenger hunt as well.

The iOS AR-era is just getting started. These little experiments are going to turn into a big industry.


[Dan Monaghan via Prosthetic Knowledge]


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If anything this’ll just end up being the precursor to a world where there are AR ads everywhere, like a dystopian cyber future lined with annoying, flashing, invasive neon billboards. And more than likely, they’ll even be able to eventually map-out your house without you knowing, so you’ll see ads in the bathroom for toilet paper, bath soap, tampons... while in the bedroom, you’ll get ads for dresses, shoes, sex videos, toys, viagra...

I didn’t really think about it before, but the ads have gotten a hell of a lot worse since I first started using the internet, and there were still seizure-inducing flashing ads, but they didn’t make up 70% of an average page or jump out and block most of the screen. And we didn’t have those ads trying to hijack browsers to try and convince someone that their computer was infected and needed to call “windows” to get it “unlocked.”

But on the plus side, they were more centered around the theme of the entire site you were on, rather than throwing random shit at you like google does now that may or may not even be something allowed for kids.

And if they made it so you could take the VR anywhere, they’d make digital versions of pedestrian signs, which would promptly be blocked-out by those ads.