Mia Gardner | 05 Apr 2018
With all the time Virtual Reality (VR) gets in the spotlight, it can be easy to brush off Augmented Reality (AR) as the poor relation who lives in a shed out back. The truth is, AR can be much more exciting than VR.
One of the most exciting aspects of AR is that it brings those worlds closer together by superimposing one on the other. Whereas VR might bring you face-to-face with a dragon in an entirely digital world, AR puts the dragon in your world (and you can even take photos of yourself with it, and share them with your friends on the social media platform of your choice). AR takes your existing environment and creates an overlay so you can do anything from fighting dragons to playing casino games or catching a Pokémon in an enhanced version of your existing location. The thing is, AR is not just about gaming. It can also be incredibly useful, and these 5 apps highlight this:
The Internet has not only made it easier to do your shopping, make travel plans, and play games, it has also brought the world much closer together. Mondly is a language-learning app with which you can start learning 33 different tongues. In addition to fun exercises that help make learning a new lingo easy, the app has an AR function to make it even more interesting.
Users are tasked with finding a specific object. Once found, it is detected by the app, and only then will the lesson begin.
Ink Hunter is a must-have AR app for anyone who decorates their body with needles and ink. One of the most challenging aspects of getting a tattoo is not so much finding the perfect design, but knowing where on your body to put it.
Thanks to Ink Hunter, tattoo lovers need never fuss about such questions again. Using the app, you can select pre-loaded designs or create your own, and then let the AR software work its magic of super-imposing the design on an image of your body. You can alter the size of the tattoo, and you can rotate it, reverse it, and alter its appearance in other ways, making it that much easier to make a decision.
It is not new, and you have probably heard about it before, if you have not already played it, but Pokémon Go is one of the most useful AR apps ever produced. It is a mobile game based on the Japanese franchise that allows players to capture, train, and battle Pokémon of their very own.
However, it is not this that makes the app so useful. The reason it made our list is because it took millions of pale, socially awkward gamers out of their parents’ basements, and got them into fresh air and sunshine, where they got to meet new people, make new friends, and get a bit of exercise.
WallaMe is an AR app that lets you leave graffiti on walls, signs, and goodness knows what else, wherever you go. The best part is, the only people who can see your messages are others with the app.
Using the AR app, you can take a photo of a wall or sign, use the editing and painting tools to create a message, and then set it as a public or private image. With this app, you will never need to worry about charges of vandalism ever again.
The iOS-based Carrot personal assistant apps have won the hearts and minds of users by insulting, abusing, and snapping at them as they go about their daily tasks. The Carrot Weather app has taken the attitude to the next level by including an AR function. You can get accurate weather updates along with snarky commentary about the world around you.