The tech world is now moving from Virtual Reality to Augmented Reality. If you find realistic simulations breathtaking, then be prepared, because the latest mobile apps created using Augmented Reality will knock your socks off.
Augmented Reality brings digital components into the real environment. In the last 18 months, companies like Google and Ikea have made some heavy investments to bring this concept to fruition.
Google has been working on “Google Glass” for years and now had made available the “Glass augmented reality headset” for business-focused people. However, like Google Glass, this product is also outside the range of most buyers as it costs $999 for each headset.
Here are the best Augmented Reality apps for Android in 2019.
1. IKEA Place
IKEA Place is a customer-centric app build using ARCore(Google’s platform for building augmented reality experiences). The app lets you try out various IKEA products by pointing your phone camera towards the place you want the product to be placed. For instance, to try out the best couches for your living room, just point your phone camera where you want the couch to be placed in your living room.
Google translate is a mobile app for Android phones. It does the arduous job of translating one language to another. And it does it more efficiently than any other app on the play store. To translate a language just type the words in the text box and the app will take care of the rest. You can translate about 139 languages by typing.
Are you unsure about which tattoo to get on your arm?
Now you can try out several designs without having to put a single drop of ink on your skin. inkHunter used Augmented Reality Technology to make this happen. However, this app is still in a developmental stage and needs more improvement. Also, tattoo images are quite limited.
Snapchat is one of the early adopters of Google’s Augmented Reality API. If Bitmoji’s and Stickers seem basic to you, wait till Snapchat launches its new feature called “Scan”. Snapchat has partnered with Photomath to add this new AR feature that will help you do your math homework.
SketchAR is one of the best apps using Augmented Reality for solving real-world problems. This app has been awarded the best AR app by Webby Awards in 2018. It teaches you how to draw in a step-by-step manner. Turn on the app and point it towards a blank page. The app will track your hand movements to guide you into the process of drawing or sketching.
Augmented Reality is still in the preliminary stages and there is a lot more to come. It will not only impact your personal life but also become a vital factor in business. Employers will be able to train their teams efficiently and safely. People who work on jobs that require risking their own life will now predict the outcome of a particular action.