7 ways of augmented reality can change the way you use your smartphone

Published 09 September 2019, 19:17

 

Augmented reality, or AR, makes a big step on mobile. Looking through your cellphone's camera to see a little of the digital world mixed with the original is exactly the thing that makes us feel like we live in the future. But AR isn't just about funny filters that give you doggy ears and track Pokemon when you try to catch them all in the park.

Apple, Google, and a growing list of companies and developers are all busy pushing the limits of AR technology today, so if you're wondering how you can find new and practical uses of AR on your device, you've come to the right. the place.

1. Measure the world around you

Whether you're wondering about the height of a tree or the size of your kitchen, AR can help you assess length, height, width, and volume without having to get a meter - or risk your neck going up the stairs. Just keep in mind that even though the AR measuring app continues to improve, real gauges will still be more precise if you need exact numbers.

Apple and Google, for example, each have similar measurement applications to help iPhone and Android users measure the world around them. Apple bundles the Measure application with iOS, while Google offers applications that are named identically for all Android devices that support the Google ARCore platform.

Whether you're wondering about the height of a tree or the size of your kitchen, AR can help you assess length, height, width, and volume without having to get a meter - or risk your neck going up the stairs. Just keep in mind that even though the AR measuring app continues to improve, real gauges will still be more precise if you need exact numbers.

Apple and Google, for example, each have similar measurement applications to help iPhone and Android users measure the world around them. Apple bundles the Measure application with iOS, while Google offers applications that are named identically for all Android devices that support the Google ARCore platform.

2. Design your environment

Decoration can be stressful. Buying 5 gallons of paint without knowing if it really fits the curtains in your dining room can be very tense, because you can wonder whether the colorful new sofa will be the item that makes your living room different or just an expensive regret. AR is here to help. This will allow you to preview new colors for the wall or place furniture to see how it looks.

Ikea Place for Android or iOS will allow you to drop a number of AR-imagined furniture from the extensive catalog of Swedish home stores in whatever room you enter. Doing so will not only save you from buying something you don't like, but also the pain of assembling it.

If you've ever fantasized about how your room will look painted black, give it a whirl of ColorSnap Visualizer for Android or iOS. This includes a feature called Instant Paint, which allows you to choose a color and see how it looks on your wall.

3. Learn about various topics

The possibility for AR enhanced learning is huge. Literally. See digital AR dinosaurs walking through the museum, place a label on your favorite star when looking at the night sky, or learn about various parts of the machine by breaking it right before your eyes. This is an interesting area where we see AR being used in more creative and innovative ways every day.

At a one-time fee of $ 25, the Human Anatomy Atlas for Android and iOS costs far more than you normally pay for an application, but it's really worth it. This application will show you a very detailed human body rendering that you can explore both on your device and through a sharper and more accurate AR. You will see the body like never before.

For astronomy lovers, the Big Bang AR app is available for Android and iOS, and (thankfully) it's free. Watch as the universe is born and formed before your eyes, with every cosmic object visible from any angle through the camera on your smartphone. And it's not just about seeing everything happen in front of you, but also interacting with it - you can rotate planets, get more information about stars, and even virtually combine atoms together with beats and friction, for example.

4. Navigate to your destination

Finding your way around the world is easier when AR riding a shotgun. This can tell you one of three paths that look similar to take, show you exactly where the restaurant door is, or help you find out which way you are facing when you get off the train 

Google Maps for Android and iOS, for example, recently launched AR-assisted walking directions. If you use application navigation to run somewhere, you will see an AR Start button that opens the AR display. This includes large directional arrows and road labels that float in the air in front of you when you peer over the phone.

Another great example is ViewRanger, available for Android and iOS. This hiking application helps you navigate great outdoors, and will identify each peak in the mountains separately if you point your phone's camera there. ViewRanger is free, but the AR add-on requires a $ 5 subscription per year.

5. Make great work

With AR, the real world is your canvas. Whether that means creating a blank wall without fear of possible capture, or creating a 3D castle tower in the middle of your kitchen floor, this technology can help you unleash your creativity.

Just a Line for Android and iOS is a good example. Using your phone's camera, you can sketch a scene in front of you, see your picture from any angle in 3D space, and share it with friends.

Something a little different is Inkhunter for Android and iOS. With this free application, you will be able to see what your tattoo looks like on your skin before actually committing to it. This application can help you get designs right before the application, and maybe even make you aware that you are not a fan of certain sketches.

6. Socialize with your friends

Maybe you don't know it, but the biggest social networking application in the business has a built-in AR feature that allows you to make ordinary communication with friends and family much more enjoyable.

One of the leading applications is Snapchat, available for Android and iOS. When making a snap, tap the small emoji face to the right of the shutter button and select the AR object that you want to make a scene. Be it your Bitmoji character who is doing something absurd, or a stretch for one of the biggest landmarks in the world (such as the Eiffel Tower or the Flatiron Building), you can change the world to your liking.

Following in the footsteps of Snapchat, Instagram (for Android and iOS) also has a lot to offer to AR fans. You can access the enhanced face filter list by tapping the emoji face button at the top when creating a story. You can play with modern classics like cat ears or heart eyes, or you can improve your game by checking all the new filters made by other Instagram users. Just open the filter menu and tap "Explore more effects."

7. Game

Last but not least, game developers quickly take advantage of the possibilities offered by AR, building adventures that take advantage of the real world, as well as the world produced by your smartphone. The end result is often more profound and memorable than your average mobile game.

You may have heard of Pokémon Go, but Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (for Android and iOS) takes the same ideas and mechanisms and moves them to Potterverse. Find all the magical creatures, spells, and other oddities hiding in your environment just by walking around and pointing your phone's camera in a different direction.

Although it's not complicated, but it's still fun, Knightfall for Android and iOS really showcases how augmented reality can enhance one's gaming experience. This is a 3D tower defense strategy game that involves battles, bloodshed and explosions, and it all happens on your living room coffee table - or wherever you want to set it.

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