Puppetoon promises to give your iPhone the freedom to create augmented reality animations
You just drop a (virtual) puppet into the real world, and then touch and drag it with your finger. As soon as you touch it, it starts recording the movement and your voice at the same time!
Current-generation mobile augmented reality apps offer users numerous opportunities to punch up photos and videos with 3D content, but there's surprisingly few options for users to express themselves using virtual characters.

A new app called Puppetoon from indie developer Cuteness Technology aims to change that. The app's value proposition is simple: make AR puppet videos.
"You just drop a (virtual) puppet into the real world, and then touch and drag it with your finger. As soon as you touch it, it starts recording the movement and your voice at the same time! As soon as your done you can film it and it will play back what you just recorded while your filming. This allows you to get different camera angles than you could if you had to puppet it while filming, although there's an option to do that as well, it's really useful for having puppets interacting with real people in the scene!" said Edwon, the creative director, animator, and engineer for Cuteness Technology, in an email to Next Reality.
According to Edwon, Puppetoon is on track to launch in April, but interested parties can sign up through the app's website for access to the beta version (as long as they promise to share their creations).

The app is built on Unity's AR Foundation, which will enable the team to eventually ship the app for iOS and Android. However, the app will launch on iOS only at first while development on the Android version continues. The team also plans to take advantage of the face-tracking capabilities of ARKit and iPhone X eventually as well.
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