Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that can enhance your everyday life using an electronic device, such as a smartphone or a tablet with iOS or Android. It is all about superimposing computer-generated images on top of your real view which creates a composite view that augments the real world.
It is mainly an integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Whereas virtual reality creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it.
AR apps use your current location to project virtual objects on display, or on special augmented reality glass. It has grown rapidly over the last few years, providing new possibilities every day. Each product provides unique features to users and upgrades their life in its own way.
There are a lot of AR apps each of which provide unique features. Here are our top picks for the best AR apps available, which is both fun and useful in our daily life, whether you’re searching for Android or iOS apps.
The Civilisations AR
The Civilisations AR app from the BBC gives you the ability to admire various historical artifacts and also you can locate, rotate or resize them. When you start the app for the first time, a tutorial pops up. It guides you through checking out an Egyptian mummy, hearing about its history, and even seeing inside it with an X-ray function.
The Civilisations AR app tutorial about an Egyptian mummy; Image Source:appadvice.com
There are more than 30 historical items for you to admire, explore, and photograph in anywhere you want it to be. This is a great app for anyone interested in history, or those seeking a sneak peak at the likely future of museums. It is a great combination of education and AR.
Complete Anatomy allows you to explore anatomy in ground-breaking 3D. It provides a wide range of short courses and detailed 3D model of the human body, with high fidelity textures and incredible levels of anatomical accuracy.
The Complete Anatomy app showing the details of a 3D model; Image Source: www.rankred.com
You can dive through the layers using unique cutting and drawing tools. It has real time 3D animation of human body parts. With this you can explore anatomy anywhere. It is a great help for biology students who find anatomy boring and hard to break through.
Star Walk 2
This app is great for those who have interest in space and astronomy but don’t have the required equipment to explore space. takes the augmented reality to space.
The Star Walk 2 app; Image Source: appagg.com
It allows you to explore the night sky by pointing your device skyward, it does not matter if you’re in your room or outside of your house. The app uses device’s sensor and GPS to match view of custom rendered planets, constellation, satellites, meteor, and other celestial bodies in real time.
MeasureKit – AR Ruler Tape
It is really helpful if you don’t have any real measuring tool around you but badly want to measure something. This app uses augmented reality technology (AR) to tape measure the real world with your smartphone’s camera. It offers some really useful functions. It turns your iPhone into a measurement tool.
The MeasureKit-AR Ruler app; Image Source: www.rankred.com
It has a ruler and chaining tool that allow you to measure the length of plain surface, including walls and tables. Aim the camera toward an object to measure or move phone from A to B like a tape measure or restrict to surfaces like a floor or wall.
With the premium version, you can measure angles, trajectories, height of a person, visualize how big something is, and check whether a surface is vertical or horizontal.
Learning a new language may seem hard and you may loose interest in couple of days. Mondly is one of the best ways to learn a new language and it is also fun and easy. It has 33 different language in it. It is unique from other language learning apps because of its AR tech.
The Mondly apps AR teacher; Image Source: thenextweb.com
If you press the AR button you’ll be asked to find a flat surface like a floor. Once that’s detected, the app will ask you to place down your AR teacher, and she’ll then begin your lesson, bringing in examples of the words as a memory aid.
Whenever you are on a trip in some unknown language land, Google Translate can be your best friend keeping you safe from getting confused. It isn’t entirely an AR app, but it does have one AR feature that’s incredibly useful for translating text. That particular feature is a collaboration with app’s camera mode.
Translating from image using Google Translate app; Image Source: www.popsci.com
Simply snap a photo of the text you don’t understand, and the app will translate the text in your photo in real time in what language you want. When connected to WiFi, the app supports a vast number of languages. But if you want to use it when offline, you need to download a number of language packs before it.
Buying a furniture and then realizing that it does not suit is the worst nightmare ever. Amikasa helps you figure out your desired layout before you ever buy a piece of furniture.
By using your iPhone or iPad’s camera, you can easily walk around your bedroom, kitchen, work office, or any other room you decide to furnish, and place 3D models of various items available in the app to see how they look, or to discover their ideal placement.
The Amikasa app placing furniture in a room creating augmented reality; Image Source: alternativeto.net
The app uses branded items, which you can buy while using Amikasa. Moreover if you feel confused of your own style, your augmented rooms can be shared with friends and family through the app.
Quiver (formerly known as ColAR Mix) works to bring your child’s 2D coloring books to life with animated images. But what you need is their color pages. You can download one of several free coloring pages from their website and print them.
The Quiver app making painting into reality; Image Source:kitchendecor.club
After coloring them all you need to do is to point your camera such that the camera covers the whole page and it will transfer your physical coloring into augmented reality. Not only is the app incredibly fun, but it is also a great tool for developing skills and knowledge on various topics.
If you want to write something a public place without letting everyone know about it, this app is perfect for you. WallaMe allows you to write/paint messages without spilling a single drop of ink/paint.
Painting on wall with WallaMe app; Image Source: www.diygenius.com
You can leave the message on the wall or anywhere, which is only visible to your friends who have downloaded the app too. Overall, it’s a new way to hide private messages in public places. You can also search for other hidden messages using a map interface.
An extremely crucial step before getting a permanent tattoo on your body is planning about your tattoo. AR technology can help you in this case. This app called InkHunter lets you preview what a tattoo might look like on your skin.
The InkHunter app giving preview of a tattoo; Image Source:www.thisiswhyimbroke.com
All you need to do is draw a marker on yourself, and point your device camera on marker, and the app will dynamically preview the design you have chosen.
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