A unique recreation of the kick drum in an augmented reality app
What is AR Kick Drum?
With AR Kick Drum, you can place a kick drum in the real world. Once the kick drum is loaded on your device, you can play it by simply tapping the kick drum or swinging your phone in a forward motion. In the kick drum inventory, you can switch the sound of the kick drum to any one of the 13 presets available. Through the settings page, you can customize the bass, treble, reverb, and echo effects of the kick drum.
What was the Inspiration?
In 2017, I won a scholarship to attend Apple's annual World Wide Developer Conference. At WWDC 2017 Apple released AR Kit and Core ML. Like many of the other scholars in my group, I was most excited about AR Kit. I attended a few of the sessions about getting started with AR Kit and dug into the documentation to do my own research. I found many of the capabilities of the framework fascinating and knew I would eventually start a project with it.
By the time of the conference, I had two apps built out in Xcode and two games. The first game was called 594 Challenge and it was what brought me back into the world of programming. Prior to the project, I had become discouraged due to a plethora of complicated errors in my personal project. In late 2015, a guy named Rick Cutts joined my Church's band at a gig in Madison, WI. He started playing drums at our Church, Victory Center, after some convincing by Tim (the guitarist) and Becky (the pianists). A few months after the gig, Rick Cutts talked to me about his cousin Kenny Harrison. Kenny Harrison is the Olympic record holder for the triple jump, coming in at a staggering 59 feet and 4 inches. Rick brought up the idea of making a game for Mr. Harrison. A few days later he called me and told me Mr. Harrison liked the idea. This marked the start of a brand new journey in programming. If it wasn't for Rick, I don't know if I would still be programming. AR Kick Drum was made with respect to him, a legendary drummer.