Watching That Girl From The Ring Crawl Out Of A TV In AR Just Ruined My Day

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Augmented reality promises to deliver us a future in which we can simply look through our screens to magically transform the world around us. It also has the potential to really fuck your day up.

At least that was my experience after watching this reenactment of that iconic scene from The Ring where the ghost of a murdered girl crawls out of a TV screen. Programmer Abhishek Singh said he brought the scene to life using Unity.

Singh uploaded a video of the reenactment to YouTube on Wednesday. The ghoul is realistic — or at least realistic enough to completely freak me out. She is even seemingly able to follow the viewer around.

This type of use case signals a more hopeful, albeit horrifying, potential for augmented reality that, aside from Pokemon Go, has mostly resulted in undelivered promises and a hell of a lot of gimmicks.

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    Can she crawl out of the screen on my phone?
    She'd be about the size of a Barbie doll, and could lounge around on my desktop. Chase her when I move the mouse, she stands up when I call for Siri / Alexa, occasionally tries to steal my pen [or unplug cables, etc.

    A bit more practical if she could actually point to things on my monitor, acting as a virtual desktop assistant. A variation of Clippy the Paperclip, if you like.

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