The technology of augmented reality makes it possible to blur the lines between the digital world and the real world. Defined simply it is the process of adding sounds, graphics, smell, haptic feedback and any other sensory input to the real world as it exists. While a lot of people are waiting for the release of Google Glasses to experience this you can actually do so now by simply installing augmented reality apps for your Android device.
Here’s our selection of the top 5 augmented reality apps you can download right now.
This app has the distinction of being voted as the “Best Augmented Reality Browser 2009-2012″. The app is free to download over at Google Play and lets you connect to your immediate surroundings in a new way. With the help of your device’s camera you will be able to get information on places such as restaurants, bars, and hotels among others. There are more than 100 million places available for you to browse. Aside from looking up information you can also play AR games with this app such as Alien Attack, Swat The Fly or Bubble Tap.
This is one of the world’s most popular AR apps with more than 25 million downloads over at Google Play. Once you install this app on your device you use the camera to scan certain objects around you. You can scan magazine ads, newspapers, objects and the app will provide you with the related information of the scanned object. You will also be able to find important locations around you using this app such as ATMs and restaurants.
3D Compass+ (AR Compass)
This is a free app you can download over at Google Play that provides you with a reality view of the world as you are driving your car. It works best when you mount your Android device on your car dashboard.
Some of the information you can get while driving and using the app are
- 3D compass with augmented reality view
- Show reality view, 3D compass, map, coordinates, address and speed in the same view
- Show heading and degrees in big font
- Show speed and true north direction if GPS is enabled
- Show altitude that retrieved from GPS or pressure sensor
- Show map/address of current location
Just make sure to keep your eyes on the road when using this app.
This free to download app which is developed by Google provides you with information about the night sky. All you have to do is point your device to the sky and it will provide you with accurate information on the name of the stars, planets and constellations above you. The app uses your GPS information to pinpoint your exact location and give you with the view of the sky as seen from where you are. This is a must have app to have if you are interested in what lies above you.
Ingress is a game developed by Niantic Labs is probably the best AR game available right now. The game allows you to choose between two sides, Enlightened or Resistance. The gameplay will then depend on the choice you make. Your surroundings become the game environment where you will need to collect objects, tap sources of energy or capture enemy territory. The game is currently in closed beta but will soon be made available to the public.