by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/21/13, 10:30 am
Police arrested a Louisiana high school student last week for posting a YouTube video of himself simulating the shooting of classmates using the augmented reality (AR) app “Real Strike.”
The app works by overlaying a first-person shooter view that includes a choice of guns on what the player actually sees as they look through their smartphone’s camera. The synthesis of augmented and actual reality creates the illusion that the player is shooting at items he is viewing: In this case, the student’s classmates. The student recorded the episode and posted it on YouTube.