We tried dozens of Augmented Reality apps for you.
Augmented Reality has been a hot topic for a while now. Thousands of developers all around the world have been bringing us the first wave of AR Apps using Apple ARkit or Google ARcore. We tried close a few dozen and curated a list of fifteen we believe you should try to get a good idea of what Augmented Reality is really about, and what it could be used for in the coming years.
This is not a ranking in any way, it is just to educate you about what is possible, what could be the first hologram oriented apps when the time comes and much more. Many would say AR, VR and other technologies such as Crypto is future, however the waythey will be implemented with today’s technology will be a big part of user adoption and how quickly we move forward. Every technology has steps, a good example we like to use is how Apple originally told developers that to develop for the iPhone, they would need to build WebApps for Safari.
Please note that even though we have hand picked these apps, some may not work very well or have great reviews. The idea around this article is to give you an idea of what AR has been used for, not a curated ranking of our favorites.
In no specific order, here is the list:
- Tweet Reality
It allows you to enjoy twitter using augmented reality. Pretty much all the main features you need are implemented! When thinking about AR, social media platforms may come to mind but thanks to Oscar for putting the hard work to get this done and show the world what AR Social platforms could be like.
2. Google Translate
As language barrier is something more and more companies are trying to fix, Google Translate in AR is quite interesting. One of the most upvoted comment in this video mentions that he hopes to have this in Google Glass. Which would actually be very useful. In the long term it will likely be a default feature for many tools. So far they support 38 languages.
It allows you to create charts using augmented reality. You can transform your whole desk into a spreadsheet workstation or a simple spreadsheet. Even though we have not used it much, it has quite an interesting approach. It definitely makes us curious about what an hologram version would be like when the time comes. I wouldn’t be against receiving our next shared spreadsheet as an hologram, would you?
4. Vuforia Chalk
This tool allows you to help anyone from anywhere. Even though it doesn’t seem to have countless users or a lot of reviews, the general idea is quite appealing. We can definitely see something like this being used in numerous use case. From family and friends helping each other fix something to a company providing better customer support, it will be interesting to see what they come up with next or how they might improve what they’ve already achieved.
Measure anything using AR. This might seem a bit basic at first and once you try it, you might not find it as accurate as you wish it would be. However, there is definitely a market for something like this. The more accurate it will become the wider it will get as well. As of now it is quite a great way to get a quick estimate, but overtime a tool like this using machine learning and other things could quickly start making better and quicker decisions than we do. This app or similar ones could be one of those apps we eventually ‘all’ tried and somehow still have, you know… just because we used it this one time.
Helps you learn a language using AR as well as numerous other approach such as visual learning. But as you can see in the video, it seems to show items floating in the air. What we are about to say is definitely not an easy task to accomplish but what we think would make this tool much more powerful is the name showing above the items you are pointing at based on what it can recognize. So if you pointed at a desk, it could translate desk, chair, computer etc. allowing a nice mix of Visual Learning and AR.
7. Carrot Weather
This weather app in AR mode just makes you wish holograms were already around. We think that pretty much sums it up no?
8. Night Sky
Night sky is a personal augmented reality planetarium. While we don’t use it much, it was well put together and makes a lot of sense as an AR app.
9. Geobe AR
It allows you to interact with the world by painting, texting and adding objects and emojis. The idea of leaving notes around has been something we often talk about with friends friends. From a shared AR whiteboard for startups to a wall to leave notes to your significant other. Let’s see where they take it!
Flow, powered by Amazon helps you discover information about items around you. You can shop in AR mode, scan phone numbers, business cards and much more. We shared something similar a few weeks ago on Instagram. This will definitely be a part of our shopping experience in the future. Something interesting to think about with such technology is how the price can be edited in real time. Meaning that from the time that you walked in to the time you buy an item, it is possible to have the price increase or decrease. Some may look at this as a positive, others as a negative. We’ll let you make that decision!
11. NBA Ar
While we have not opened this app again, it was pretty cool to have the basketball court appear where ever you would like. The downside as of now is most sports app like this one could be just as good if not better in terms of graphics and quality without AR. It would be an interesting research to see the retention rate between two similar basketball app, one using AR and one very well designed and working perfectly.
Holo lets you add holograms of real people and animals into your world. Its a great approach towards a Black Mirror Avatar type of world. What we wish this app would do is a bit like Bitmoji where you could create your own avatar and use that or the default ones. Filters could have certain movements etc.
13. Ikea Place
Even though it might not have a lot of good reviews, the fact that one it isn’t amazon’s version since we already mentioned them but also that it is owned by the company selling the furniture. By that we mean that we strongly believe this is going to become apart of many business plan in the near future. Getting an AR/VR model ready prior to launch so users could have a better idea about the product. Some have tested this technology for clothing, others for furniture like Ikea did.
14. Total War AR Helicopter
This one might seem a bit too straight forward to make you want to download it but the simplicity is nice. We could definitely see a lot of games trying AR. For example, someone put together an AR version of Street Fighter II.
Kabaq helps users see a 3D version of the food they are about to order. It is quite clever. You could get a nice 360 view on each dish, the portion size, visualize the ingredients and presentation. We are not in this industry but it would be interesting to compare how much restaurants spend on menus on average compared to the pricing of the 3D models. But we can definitely see a tool like this being used in the future when ordering online or in-restaurant.
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