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Minecraft Reality App Arrives For iOS, Brings Your Creations Into the Real World

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the because-you-can dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Following the news that Minecraft has been ported to the Raspberry Pi, Mojang has announced a new augmented reality iOS app. The app uses your iOS device's camera to track your surroundings before projecting creations onto the landscape. Not only can you see the results on your screen, but you can change their size as you please, and also walk around them to view from different angles."

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25 comments

Wait for it... (4, Funny)

sixtyeight (844265) | about a year and a half ago | (#42089633)

So, next is checking into 4Square from your Minecraft bunker.

Re:Wait for it... (4, Funny)

SeaFox (739806) | about a year and a half ago | (#42089777)

Well the most appropriate place to check into a social networking service called FourSquare would be a structure made entirely of cubes I would think.

Re:Wait for it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42089823)

But you need only 3 square surfaces to make a cube.

Minecraft on OSX (4, Interesting)

tonywestonuk (261622) | about a year and a half ago | (#42089639)

Has anyone managed to get Minecraft working on OSX Mountain Lion? - Apple removed the java plugin, and Oracle Java 7 doesn't appear to be compatible with OpenGL. The closest Ive managed is to get it running in Windows 7, under virtual box. But, its far from ideal.

Re:Minecraft on OSX (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42089733)

You ask a reasonable and relevant question, but shitty Slashdot moderators and community members with power will downvote and disregard it, because that is the Slashdot way.

Re:Minecraft on OSX (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year and a half ago | (#42090051)

The Slashdot way is to suggest an upgrade. Wiping OSX and installing Linux or Windows 7 is an upgrade on any Mac.

Well, not Power Macs (all hail the sacred Altivec... oops, nevermind) and not my SE/30.

Re:Minecraft on OSX (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42089789)

I believe when you try and run a Java app for the first time, it prompts to install, and does so. I'm running Minecraft using the .app launcher and I don't remember having to fight it on a brand new MacBook Air with Mountain Lion.

I'm not sure about running it in-browser; I've never felt a need to.

Re:Minecraft on OSX (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42089813)

Install macosx-universal jogl

Re:Minecraft on OSX (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42092795)

I'm on a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.8 and Java 7 and it works.

So that's why (0)

Culture20 (968837) | about a year and a half ago | (#42089665)

I was wondering why Mojang took two months to update some serious bugs on Minecraft PE.

Re:So that's why (1)

GuruBuckaroo (833982) | about a year and a half ago | (#42089825)

Completely different team working on the PE version. Not directly part of Mojang, if I'm remembering correctly - just like the XBox version.

Not exactly real-world (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42089689)

This doesn't bring anything into the real world. You just get to look at it on a different screen. I guess I'm impressed with the app's ability to track where you're standing and pointing the camera, but "brings... into the real world" should really be something more like a system to format your creations for use with a 3-D printer.

Re:Not exactly real-world (5, Funny)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#42089699)

You wouldn't be very good in marketing.

That's a compliment.

Re:Not exactly real-world (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42089749)

Why would you be impressed by that? Any app can do that by using GPS, compass and/or accelerometer. I use an astronomy app on my Android phone that does much of the same thing.

Re:Not exactly real-world (1)

Trepidity (597) | about a year and a half ago | (#42089827)

"brings... into the real world" should really be something more like a system to format your creations for use with a 3-D printer.

That exists also [realtimerendering.com] . In fact it seems that there are a number of projects [realtimerendering.com] working on the basic idea of exporting from Minecraft to a 3d printer.

Re:Not exactly real-world (1)

abies (607076) | about a year and a half ago | (#42092385)

I think it is more about the direction it can evolve into. Add wearable AR glasses, less blocky models and 'laser' tag guns and you might get quite interesting variations on cooperative outdoor 'paintball' (think Starship Troopers).

This is how it starts - and we end up with cyberpunk, cover-your-person-in-AR-avatar world where you don't know if something is real before your touch it. Plus obligatory http://xkcd.com/331/ [xkcd.com] becomes true...

King Kong (1)

Nuke Bloodaxe (582098) | about a year and a half ago | (#42090319)

We seriously need King Kong with Biplanes placed on the Empire State building!

Sadly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42090541)

The reality is that the world is a huge place. If you start doing a Venn diagram of nerds that would be interested in this, people who use iOS (majority are not power users), kids that play minecraft...you suddenly realize there may be a few hundred or a few thousand little things scattered and probably only in densely populated areas (New York, LA). Most will probably be in random suburban houses.

It's a cool little proof of concept, but unless there is a map to find them or someone to show them to you then this thing is seriously niched out of existence. The app reviews that it is getting are not helping.

I just looked at their other project, Pointcloud Browser. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pointcloud-browser/id492142085
Similar concept, but slightly more likely to catch on as it's for news and junk. Pretty darn cool...it floats videos on top of your daily newspaper.

Buiilding Facade Construction (1)

Brulath (2765381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42091333)

It'll be interesting to see if this spawns some new creative building options in Minecraft - specifically tailoring a construction to act as a facade for a building. Theoretically you could transform a street when viewed through your device, which could be an interesting building challenge or competition.

The AR tracking component is about what you'd expect - requires localised areas of high contrast to track from and doesn't work well on non-flat surfaces - but for what it is, it could be pretty neat. Perhaps it'll end up working with Google Glass or similar later.

They advertise that they're using the PointCloud [pointcloud.io] library for the tracking component, which is apparently free if you wanted to build your own app.

Whoops (2)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | about a year and a half ago | (#42092133)

You could put an exploding creeper in your school

In other news, Mojang's Notch was arrested today on suspicion of conspiracy to commit terrorism. Reportedly, he used augmented reality to design a 6' green creature containing an undetermined amount of explosives. The designs explained that when a student got near the creature, it would release a hiss. If the student was unaware and did not then leave, the creature would detonate leaving a crater full of loose brick, stone, and dirt.

Police are currently investigating this claim, as well as claims that tripwire-launched arrows and various other TNT-based traps were also designed and disseminated to the students via YouTube. At the time of publication, we have heard rumors of an other-worldly creature wandering the halls of the Mojang studio. It appears to be a sort of zombie, clad only in a pair of tight jeans and a dark turtleneck growling and murmuring something about a 'walled garden'.

Pixelation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42094279)

Lowering resolution.... Wow...

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Mojang Issues (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42108665)

I got the game few weeks ago. When i was getting the game, the company's registration software was having trouble retaining what i was typing in.

After finally buying the game, i started getting odd e-mails. Like that someone else (differient credit card info & name) purchased a game and for how much.

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