Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
Augmented reality has many applications, and many areas can benefit from the usage of AR technology. It was initially used for military, industrial, and medical applications, but was soon applied to commercial and entertainment areas as well.
The mobile Augmented Reality (AR) world consists largely of two different types of experiences: Geolocation and Vision based augmented reality.
Geolocation based augmented reality uses GPS, compass and other sensors in your mobile phone to provide a display of various geolocated point of interest. Vision based augmented reality uses many of these same sensors to virtually display digital content in context with real world objects.
Best Augmented Reality Apps
Junaio is one of the best mobile augmented reality browser. It lets you Find local events, offers and listings, scan QR codes and barcodes, unlock augmented content on images and objects to play games or experience new virtual interactions.
It is the first mobile Augmented Reality platform, which can avoid accuracy limitations of GPS and allows usage indoors by integrating LLA-markers. Users also have access to all kinds of location-based information via a new channel concept.
Google Googles lets you Search on Google by taking a picture. Just point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a landmark, a barcode, QR code, a product, a storefront, or a popular image to get information about it.
Google Googles can read text in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish, and translate it into other languages.
GeoGoggle is a augmented Reality app for Android to check your location, view direction (compass), speed of movement, as well as to see the distance to the destination.
ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own augmented reality 3D pop-up books. You can share books with readers using a simple hyperlink, and embedded in any website or blog.
Augmented Reality mode also allows readers the ability to interact with a book using simple gestures. For example, waving your hand in front of a book will allow you to turn its pages back and forth.
With Layar, digital layers are displayed on your smartphones camera view, enhancing your view of the real world. There are links, videos and more to help you learn more about objects and locations around you.
You can Scan any QR code, View and navigate to locations near you, and learn more about your location. You can also share your experiences with friends on Facebook, Twitter or via Email.
Star Chart lets you look through the eyes of your device to see a virtual window into the whole visible universe. You just need to point your device at the sky and it will tell you what you are looking at. It can also calculate the current location of every star, planet and moon visible from Earth.
SnapShop lets you browse and discover products from your favorite brands. You can use your fingers to literally place furniture in your camera using augmented reality. You can share your photo creations with friends and link to the store’s website
Sun Seeker uses GPS and magnetometer to find the correct solar position and path for your current location. It provides an augmented reality camera 3-D view showing the solar path, its hour intervals, its winter and summer solstice paths, rise and set times.
Theodolite is a multi-function augmented reality app that combines a compass, GPS, map, photo/movie camera, rangefinder, and two-axis inclinometer.
It overlays real time information about position, altitude, bearing, range, and inclination on the iPhone’s live camera image, like an electronic viewfinder.
Wikitude mobile augmented reality (AR) platform has been voted the Best Augmented Reality Browser for the past four years. It gets you information on places, find restaurants, discover people and even play games.
It provides you with an all new and improved camera view experience. By grouping some of the places in your sight, you now have a clear vision of your surroundings.