Some things are better left unseen.
Available now on iOS devices, voxelizeAR is a newly-released app from developer Rare Realities, LLC that allows you to transform portions of the real world into 3D pixels—otherwise known as voxels. The result is an effect similar to that of the one used by the media to censor specific visuals.
The app works by scanning your nearby surroundings for any and all flat surfaces. Once identified, you can paint on the screen to transform certain parts of the environment into 3D pixelations. You can even adjust the size of your brush, allowing you to make large, chunky pixelations as well as smaller, more detailed voxels. The app even responds to color changes in real-time, allowing you to voxelize certain moving objects.
Personally, I’m a fan of unnecessarily censoring nearby billboards to make them slightly more suggestive, but that’s just me. Once you’ve finished with your project, whatever it may be, you can then capture a photo or video of the scene to share with friends, family, and whoever else may share your sick sense of humor.
Those with an iPhone Pro or iPhone 12 Pro MAX can take the experience even further using LiDAR technology. These additional sensors allow users to voxelize individual 3D objects as opposed to just flat surfaces. The result is more detailed pixelations brought to life by improved tracking.
“Beyond the novelty factor, the app showcases a new technique I’ve been developing that lets you selectively (and somewhat convincingly) transform arbitrary bits of the real world using augmented reality tech,” states the developer on Reddit. “These transformations persist even as you move around the world. There are tons of other interesting applications for this and I’m hoping to explore a few others over the next few months.”
VoxelizeAR is available now for free on iOS devices.
Feature Image Credit: Rare Realities, LLC