A-Kon is the longest running anime convention in North America. Home to over 33,000 fans, A-Kon is one of the largest and highest ranked anime conventions in the United States.
Our project with A-Kon is creating their first official mobile app. However, this is no ordinary app. A-Kon prides itself on being on the innovative forefront of conventions, so we set out to make an app that features their new mascot, Akane, in augmented reality.
You start by viewing Akane in life-size 3D in the space in front of you. But it only gets better. In addition to being physically present, Akane also has her own voice and animations, so she can move and talk to you as if she is a real person. And if that wasn’t enough, Akane also has a list of poses and a camera button so you can take pictures with her.
Like a couple of our past projects, we used motion capture technology to record a list of human movements and poses. We also brought in a voice actress and worked with her to figure out the right voice for Akane, and record a list of chat lines that we created.
A-Kon has been pleased with the development of this app so far, and recognizes it as a key symbol of innovative brand engagement for their attendees. It will be featured at A-Kon 29 (June 2018).