Draw Your Own Aquarium with Picturerium Virtual Fish Tank
The Picturerium, a new toy released on June 25th, can create a virtual aquarium by scanning hand-drawn fish pictures with an iPhone camera.
Released by Takara Tomy Arts, the new toy combines analog and digital, and has received several awards, including winning the Innovative Toy category at the Japan Toy Award 2015 and taking home an award at the recent Tokyo International Gift Show.
After installing the Picturerium iPhone app, users can draw fish, octopi, submarines, or any other aquatic life or vessel imaginable on specialized “fish cards”, outlined with an AR-coded green frame. Images drawn with black lines inside the frames can be scanned by the iPhone’s camera and converted into virtual fish for use in the aquarium base, into which the iPhone can be set to project images. Any colors used inside of the drawings’ black outlines will also be imported, allowing users to create a wide array of multicolored fish for their aquarium, and an additional set of special “snack cards” can be scanned to feed the created fish.
In addition to hand-drawn images, the Picturerium can also be used to import photos. The iPhone app allows users to outline the faces of people appearing in photos stored on the iPhone, which can then be attached to fish bodies and added to the fish tank.
The movement and behavior of the virtual fish differs depending on the size of the original drawn images. Fish will also respond to sound and movement, reacting to users waving their hands in front of the tank or gently tapping on the top of the Picturerium. Seasonal events will also occur throughout the year.
The Picturerium retails for 1,780 yen, plus tax. It supports the iPhone 6/6 Plus and iPhone 5/5s/5c, and requires iOS 6.0 or higher.
Users can create a virtual aquarium by scanning hand-drawn fish pictures with an iPhone camera.
The aquarium’s contents are only limited by imagination.
The Picturerium is a fish tank-shaped box.
“Fish cards” and “snack cards”.
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