3DS AR Card tattoo works surprisingly well

More than a month after release, the novelty of the 3DS still hasn’t worn off, with gamers still finding new and interesting ways to use the technology. We’ve seen people experimenting with the handheld’s augmented reality (AR) cards, printing them off really big or putting them in interesting settings, but today we’ve found a gentleman who’s taken things one step further – by permanently tattooing a 3DS AR card onto his forearm.

CranberryZero, from [surl=http://www.iheartchaos.com/post/5134010603/nintendo-3ds-augmented-reality-tattoo-is-awesome-real]I Heart Chaos[/surl] apparently thought to himself “Oh sh*t, that AR card would make a killer tattoo,” and within a week, the ink was healing up nicely.

And while the tattoo itself is quite charming, everybody wants to know one thing. Does it work?

CranberryZero's AR Card tattoo

That's CranberryZero's Mii, popping out of his wrist.

…is that a good enough answer for you? Here’s a video that CBZ has uploaded, showing the thing off in (somewhat jittery) action. While it’s an awesome bit of footage (proof of concept!), the video also highlights one of the drawbacks of CBZ’s design – the physical location of the design makes it kinda difficult to show off properly. Playing AR games on the 3DS requires two hands, and when the card is actually on one of those hands…

CBZ also offers some hints for anyone thinking about trying this one at home:

Right now, the tattoo doesn’t always work in really bright light, like sunlight, but it works fine in dim-ish light. I think I need to go back and get an outline around it, because I think the 3DS is looking for the edge of the card and can’t find it in bright light. In the manual, it says to never obscure the white border around the card when you’re using the 3DS, something I didn’t notice til later.

He’s also done a little trial-and-error research, and determined that the black border around the question mark on the card is not the problem, in case you were wondering.

As with everything though, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Super Jezmeralda hopped onto this particular bandwagon with a bunch of watercolour pencils and a slightly less permanent approach. It looks like simply drawing cards on yourself works quite well. Party trick, anyone?

CBZ points out that his (real) tattoo was done by Colby at Blue Flame Tattoo in Raleigh, NC.

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