Google relies on Childish Gambino as musical master for Augmented Reality, as the duo has now discontinued its second AR collaboration of the year.
After Google unveiled its Playmoji for Pixel's Playground app, Gambino, earlier this year, the musical multi-threat Donald Dover alter ego, released on Wednesday the multiplayer app for advanced reality Pharos AR Google Play. (An iOS version will be available soon.)
The app opens a portal to a virtual world that is equally psychedelic and cosmic. Users are challenged to find mysterious glyphs throughout the digital environment, blurring the walls between the virtual and real worlds throughout the experience. Whenever each glyph is discovered, a 3D character is transported into the environment. Once all the glyphs are found, a ghostly avatar of Gambino appears, sending the user into orbit through the cosmos.
Since Gambino is a musical alter ego, spatial audio naturally plays a big role in the experience. During the virtual scavenger hunt, an originally looped beat builds up to a crescendo. Once the experience shoots into space, the soundtrack jumps into another gear.