Virtual Reality is yesterday’s news. Augmented Reality is the new buzzword in technology, and it’s set to make big waves in the digital world. But, although Augmented Reality is yet to fully be released to the public in terms of dedicated headsets, there are already Augmented Reality applications available on the market; and we’re not just talking about Pokémon Go!
For those not aware, Augmented Reality is a technology that overlays digital objects on the real world, creating a blend of the two. The possibilities are endless, and these applications demonstrate that potential.
GIFs are a part of our messenger applications now, and who doesn’t love a good, well-timed GIF to get laughs out of friends and family? Take that one step further with Giphy World. This neat application allows you to plant GIFs in your surroundings, seen through the camera of your phone. The GIFs will appear to float in space around you, immersing you in a world of delightful wonder.
It’s a novelty application for sure, but certainly wonderful to play around with. Videos of the floating GIFs can also be taken, and sent to friends.
Another novelty augmented reality application, but still a great demonstration of the power of the technology. The Carrot Weather application allows a digital weather bot to be planted in your surroundings. Viewable from all angles, with weather statistics displayed, the weather bot has a bit of an attitude problem. All for laughs, of course.
Word is, that if you poke it in its sensor eye it will have a sharp retort to offer in response. Perhaps just good for a few laughs, Carrot Weather is informative and a lot of fun.
A fully functioning Augmented Reality game, and one of the first of its kind, Euclidean Lands is a strategy game. Viewable from all angles in your real space, the game allows users to move characters around a 3D modelled digital world and play out different storylines.
After playing Euclidean Lands you can imagine how a board game or a game of Blackjack might work using this technology, and you’ll fast realise the potential for AR is enormous. It really does bridge the gap between the real and virtual world seamlessly.
Ikea Place is a more functional Augmented Reality application, with some very useful features. A user can digitally implant Ikea furniture into their house, and see how it will fit, and look, with the real surroundings. Very useful for those who are looking to buy new furniture, and certainly impressive in terms of technology.
Best of all, if an Ikea item is found that the user wishes to purchase, and get the real version of ASAP, this can be done quickly and conveniently via the same application. Ikea is known for it’s innovative embracing of technology, and this app is no different.
Housecraft is a similar application, but using a number of furniture objects, as opposed to just those from Ikea. The furniture items react to the floors and walls of the real world environment, allowing for a new house interior to be designed, based on the actual dimensions of the surrounding room.
A person could spend hours playing with this amazing application, and may well land up redesigning their entire house. There isn’t the ability to order the items being used, but it wouldn’t be too hard finding similar furniture in the real world.
These 5 apps clearly show off the versatility and the power of Augmented Reality, and it’s clear that an exciting new, augmented world is waiting for us.