Augmented reality (AR) has always sounded like an out of this world idea created for sci-fi movies and futuristic tv programs. AR works by superimposing computer-generated images as a top layer on top of what you can already see in reality, hence the name augmented reality. Users can look at the screen of their smartphones or through a pair of digital goggles and see a computer-generated model moving around on the physical landscape they have in front of them. Have a read through the suggested top apps below to really get the most out of the technology in ways you may have never of imagined before.
If you have lived under a rock for the last couple of years than you might not have heard of Pokémon Go. This app became one of the most downloaded AR apps in history as people around the globe walked the streets trying to catch them all.
It wouldn’t be a list of the best AR apps without mentioning the fan favorite, a game that has quickly captured everyone’s heart and given them the motivation to go out into the real world. The game uses GPS to mark your location and move your in-game avatar. As you move around the smartphone screen will display your location on the map and wild Pokémon will appear that you can catch. The camera on the device will then be used to display a sequence that allows you to see the Pokémon in front of you. Th aim is to try and catch as many as you can.
Everyone loves the idea of being able to sit down and create art with nothing but a pencil and paper but not everyone has the time. SketchAR allows you to become that perfect artist in a fraction of the time. The app uses AR to create a tracing effect and guides your pencil as you follow the preset pencil strokes.
Although the system does not work perfectly and you will need to take time to adapt; it does help you visualize your artwork in a very unique way. All you need is a smartphone and the app has a large selection of drawings in its library to choose from.
Many of us have been in a situation where you spend hours moving heavy furniture only for your other half to say “I think that would look better over there”. Amikasa removes the need for endless reshuffling by displaying virtual furniture in the room to be decorated. This handy app contains a library of 3D furniture models to pick from – including brand items. Pick their color and orientation and place them around the room using the camera on your smart device. An added feature that surprisingly makes the app even more appealing is the ability to share a designed room with friends and family. Create your style and get a second opinion before moving a muscle or spending a dime with Amikasa.
Try the list of AR apps listed above to really make the most out of your smart device and discover an augmented world you could only imagine a few years ago.