Android Tips – Cool AR Apps – DIY in 5 Ep 60

Here are some awesome AR apps that are available for Android users. But what is AR? Augmented Reality’s basic premise is to overlay digital content on top of a user’s view of reality using a map, using the camera and sometimes GPS, to create a more immersive experience. The available selection of AR apps is diverse, ranging from free to premium and created by small to big app developers. When choosing an AR app, remember that it does take a lot of memory.

Wikitude is location-based browsing and image recognition and augmented print features to provide an all-in-one AR experience. Instant tracking (markerless) easily maps environments and displays AR content without the need of a target image. This feature allows users to place content indoors and outdoors which makes it ideal for creating, designing, and planning products in different spaces. Extended tracking (marker) allows developers to go beyond targets. Once the target image is recognized, users can continue the AR experience by freely moving their devices without needing to keep the marker in the camera window. You can use either feature to monitor machinery performance, assist the maintenance process, visualize data and optimize operations, as well as enable interactive data and product visualization across industries.

Google Translate isn’t strictly an AR app but it does have one feature that is incredibly useful for translating text. Using the app’s camera mode you simply snap a photo of the text you don’t understand and the app will translate the text in your photo in real time. When connected to Wi-Fi, the app supports a vast number of languages but users can also download a number of language packs if they want to continue using the instant translation feature while offline or without a cellular connection. This app will be your best friend when traveling abroad.

Augmented Car Finder is an app specifically designed to help guide you to your hiding vehicle. Once the car’s location is set, the app creates a visible marker showing the car, the distance you are from it, and the direction you should walk to find it. Users can also utilize the app to find their seats in large theaters or concert halls.

ROAR is an AR shopping adviser that lets you take pictures of thousands of foods and drinks and almost instantly learn their prices, ingredients, reviews, and possibly discover relevant deals or promotions. ROAR works with print ads and static product images and overlays them with 3D models or videos. It can also do things like scan a movie poster to quickly buy tickets to an upcoming show.

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