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‘Attack on Titan’ app creates a terrifying life-size titan

Augmented-reality animation puts a Colossal Titan in your neighborhood.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 25, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 5:43 am CDT

Today in awesome ideas that we never, ever want to see happen in real life: an augmented reality app that makes it look like a titan is attacking your town.

Augmented-reality technology is used for a wide range of marketing apps, educational toys, and games. Its most common use is to create a 3D image that shows up on a real-world background when you view it through your phone screen or computer. For example, one of our favorites is Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium penguin app, which makes it look like penguins are walking in front of you on the street.

This fanmade Attack on Titan augmented-reality app does something similar for the Colossal Titan, using a visual marker that tells a camera when to project a 3D model of the titan onscreen. Oh yeah, and the titan can dance.


As YouTube user kamoc explains in this video, the bigger the marker, the bigger the titan. So he set out to create the biggest marker grid he could, attaching it to the ground outside. Then he flew a drone overhead with a camera, and the Colossal Titan appeared as soon as the camera was at the right angle to pick up the marker image.

So there we have it: a Colossal Titan with the dance moves of CGI pop star Hatsune Miku. Attack on Titan fandom has outdone itself once again.

H/T Comic Book Resources | Screengrab via kamo c/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 25, 2015, 4:11 pm CDT