Augmented reality (AR) is a futuristic concept that has been around for years. It is all about implementing computer-generated images on top of your view of reality and developing a composite image that augments the real world. More and more ARKit apps are introduced on Apple’s iOS, and while Google has terminated Project Tango, ARCore is the future on Android. There is some very amazing selection of augmented reality apps for your smartphone.
1. BBC Civilisations AR
Educational augmented reality app like this one is going to make way for an AR-centric future. Using The Civilisations AR app by the BBC, you can admire various historical artifacts, locating, rotating and resizing them as you deem fit. You get an extremely handy tutorial when you first start the app, which will help you check out an Egyptian mummy, hearing about its history, and even seeing inside it with an X-ray function. You can even admire, see and photograph more than 30 historical items. If you are deeply in love with history this is the app for you.
2. Froggipedia ($4)
Not for the squeamish, Froggipedia is a great educational tool for those who don’t want to dissect a real frog for the experiment. Using Froggipedia, you can explore and experience the unique and fun lifecycle of a frog, right from a single-celled egg to ultimately becoming a fully grown frog. You can take a frog apart, or take a transparent view of a living frog. Using your Apple Pencil or finger to dissect your frog further and get a closer look at separate organs and systems within — all without harming any real frog. But unfortunately, this app is available for iOS only.
Want to learn a new language, but could never spare time? No worries. Now Mondly is the app that can make you learn a new language, that too on your go! This app has 33 different languages for you to select from with daily exercises to keep you learning.
This app has a VR version for the Gear VR, and more excitingly, AR tech is built into the main app. To start with, you will be asked to find a flat place on tapping the AR button. Once found, the app will ask you to plonk down your AR teacher, and she’ll start your lesson. You may not engage with the thing every day, the AR side of Mondly is a fun addition that can spice up your language-learning experience. This app is currently available only on the Android version of the app, but the iOS version is going to be up and running very soon.
Everyone is blessed with some sort of artistry, but not everyone has the time to sit down and practice drawing hands. SketchAR is AR tracing that plots a couple of circles on a piece of paper and chooses a sketch and projects that image onto the paper, enabling you to trace around it. You need to trace the lines and properly match the lines, but it works quite well if you’re looking to practice some drawing techniques.
If you are on the lookout for great AR apps to learn new things or enjoy something new, above listed are some the apps you would love to try.