Android Tips Cool AR Apps DIY in 5 Ep 60 Ohhh… Pikachu is so close!!! Wait, this game is so last year! Hello everyone and welcome to DIY in 5. Im Trisha Hershberger and in this episode, we will go over some awesome AR apps that are available for Android users. If you like what you see, be sure to subscribe so you wont miss any of our upcoming episodes.
First things first, what is AR? Augmented Reality, or AR, can be an awesome technology to play around with. The basic premise of AR is to overlay digital content on top of a users view of reality using a map, camera, or sometimes the sky. Each piece of software hones in on smartphone GPS and camera functionality to create a more immersive experience.
The available selection of AR apps is diverse, ranging from free to premium and created by small to big app developers. When choosing an AR app, remember that it does take a lot of precious memory so be mindful. The first AR app we want talk about is Wikitude.
Wikitude has expanded its features from its location-based browsing to include image recognition and augmented print features to provide an all-in-one AR experience. Instant tracking markerless easily maps environments and displays AR content without the need of a target image. This feature allows users to place content indoors and outdoors which makes it ideal for creating, designing, and planning products in different spaces. Extended tracking marker allows developers to go beyond targets. Once the target image is recognized, users can continue the AR experience by freely moving their devices without the need of keeping the marker in the camera window.
You can use either feature to monitor machinery performance, assist the maintenance process, visualize data and optimize operations, as well as enable interactive data and product visualization across industries. Cool! Next, weve got Google Translate. Google Translate isnt strictly an AR app but it does have one feature that is incredibly useful for translating text. Using the apps camera mode you simply snap a photo of the text you dont understand, and the app will translate the text in your photo in real time.
When connected to Wi-Fi, the app supports a vast number of languages but users can also download a number of language packs if they want to continue using the instant translation feature while offline or without a cellular connection. This app will be your best friend when traveling abroad. Wait, basashi is horse meat? This next AR app is fantastic for those who have trouble finding their car in a parking lot! The Augmented Car Finder app is specifically designed to help guide you to your hiding vehicle.
Once the cars location is set, the app creates a visible marker showing the car, the distance you are from it, and the direction you should walk to find it. Users can also utilize the app to find their seats in large theaters or concert halls. Very handy for the absent-minded. And for the ultra-budget conscious, theres ROAR! ROAR is an AR shopping adviser that lets you take pictures of thousands of foods and drinks and almost instantly learn their prices, ingredients, reviews, and possibly discover relevant deals or promotions.
ROAR fills dead print ads and static product packaging with rich interactive content. Something more impressive is the ability to scan a movie poster in order to quickly buy tickets to an upcoming show! AR man, its the future. So what cool AR apps do you use?
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