ARTags Brings User Generated Art to Android TV

ARTags is an open source app for Android that lets users create drawings. It’s similar to many drawing apps, with different brush colors and sizes. When you’re done with your drawing, you can upload it to a server. When you upload it, you also send your location. When you upload your photo, it makes a unique experience for those viewing.

Using an AR viewer, many users can look at the world around them, and they will be able to see user drawings superimposed in the world.

Now there is an open source version of the app designed for Android TV, using the Leanback library.

How well does an AR app work on Android TV? Well, as far as augmented reality goes, not too well. A lack of camera, GPS, and mobility don’t make it a good AR app. However, the app does display a variety of drawings and it works as a simple art gallery.

ARTags
There are two primary categories: best tags and new tags. For each one, you can open the card to show more details.
ARTags
You can see some general information about the drawing and have an option to see location
You can see the location for each image on a map
You can see the location for each image on a map
The newest tags can be interesting
The newest tags can be interesting

There are a bunch of high quality images shown in the first row. By clicking on each one, you can learn more information about it and then see the drawing in fullscreen. Alternatively, you can browse a number of the newest drawings. These can be hit or miss in terms of quality, but it does allow for hidden gems to shine.

Ultimately, the developers did a fine job of porting the app in a way that makes sense for TV. They took advantage of the leanback experience to develop something that makes sense for the living room instead of simply re-purposing a mobile app on a bigger screen.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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