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The Mill Blackbird transforming car is the future of AR

AR is the new VR

Unreal Engine teamed up with Chevrolet and special effects company The Mill to create a system that can transform a special electric car rig into any vehicle you can imagine, using augmented reality.

The Mill Blackbird is a special motion-capture rig built onto an electric car. Paired with Unreal Engine, the Blackbird can be used to show any vehicle racing along in the real world in real time when being filmed.

The team showed off the rig and a cool concept video called “The Human Race” during Epic’s GDC 2017 press conference today. The video, which you can watch below, shows the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in a heated race with the Chevrolet FNR autonomous concept car.

“We’re always thrilled to showcase the levels of innovation our customers can achieve in Unreal Engine,” said Kim Libreri, chief technology officer at Epic Games. “Today’s presentation demonstrates what’s possible when combining live action with the power of Unreal Engine’s real-time photorealistic rendering capabilities — essentially taking the ‘post’ out of post-production.”

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