13th Lab rolls out game that lets you combine Minecraft worlds with the real world
Powered by PointCloud SDK and officially backed by Mojang, Minecraft Reality is a new app for iPhone and iPad that lets you combine Minecraft worlds with real-life scenarios.13th Lab’s Minecraft Reality uses advanced computer vision to map and track the world around you via the iPhone’s built-in camera.
You can place Minecraft worlds in reality (like in the screenshot above) and then save them and share them.
The software is powered by the PointCloud SDK which tracks 3D spaces using SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping).
“Imagine being able to dump your Minecraft creations into the real world for other people to find,” Owen blogs for Mojang.
“You could put an exploding creeper in your school, a cheeky pig in your garden, or a giant enemy crab on the beach, if you like. The Minecraft Reality app for iOS lets you do just that,” he says.
13th Lab specializes in augmented reality solutions, and Minecraft Reality does just that – it tracks the surroundings and projects creations onto the landscape.
Minecraft fans can change the size of their object and even go around it to view it from a different perspective.
“It’s seriously impressive stuff that’s almost guaranteed to make people go ‘ooooo’ and ‘ahhhhh,’” Owen asserts.
The video embedded below explains it best. The app also uses GPS technology to allow you to “plant” your works in specific places for other people to gaze at.
Minecraft Reality comes with pre-loaded models where anyone can find inspiration. The app costs $1.99 / €1.79 and works natively with both iPhone and iPad.
According to the requirements sheet, the app is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular.
However 13th Lab clearly states in the app’s description that Minecraft Reality is “Not supported for iPod Touch 4G or earlier,” and that “Most functionality is not available on iPhone 4.”
It also requires iOS 5.0 or later and displays full-screen on the iPhone 5.
Download Minecraft Reality iOS