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By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Clunky controls but super cool animator for kids into AR.

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Some kids will think it's super cool to paste drawings in their real life surroundings, while others will be turned off by the not-so-intuitive user interface. The realm of augmented reality is still pretty new, and DoodleLens offers an interesting way to use this new technology. However, it still seems like there's a long way to go. DoodleLens itself suffers from some technical problems every once in a while. The camera doesn't always pick up your line drawings very well, and sometimes it picks up unnecessary noise. A few extra features (like an undo button) would be nice. It's also not all that easy to learn how to use, and the tutorials don't offer much help; kids will need a good amount of practice to figure out how it all works. The kids who don't see the point of looking through a screen to see their drawings "appear" in real life won't have the patience to get through the trial and error. The kids who are into it will pick it up easily enough and will likely have fun with DoodleLens. Parents should watch out for their kids sharing their doodles since the augmented reality part means that videos show kids' actual surroundings. And, by using DoodleLens, it means that kids are interacting with their surroundings, but through a screen. It's up to each family to decide if it's better to just interact with your actual surroundings without the screen.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Subjects: Arts : drawing
  • Skills: Creativity : making new creations, Tech Skills : digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($2.79)
  • Release date: July 25, 2019
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Publisher: Kevaid
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 7.0 and up
  • Last updated: November 5, 2019

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