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5 Best Augmented Reality Apps In 2019

If you’re not immediately familiar with what augmented reality is, it basically uses your phone/tablet camera to recognize or add digital objects to the scene. One of the best examples of it was the ever-popular Pokemon Go, where you could see and play with Pokemon in the “real world” through your phone. Another great example is Snapchat filters, where your face can be turned into a puppy or a rabbit.

However, augmented reality isn’t all just about fun and games. While we have a couple of those on this list, today we’re mainly sharing augmented reality apps with a practical side, with hope that you’ll find them just as useful as we do. Whether you’re working on a home renovation project or wanting to send some snaps, there’s something for everyone.

AR MeasureKit

With this amazing app, you’ll be able to measure just about anything without any actual tools. Just open the app, and your phone’s camera will display whatever it is pointing at (you can even measure your face!). The current measurement features include ruler, face mesh, trajectory, marker pin, angles, person height, cube, and level.

Not only can you measure people or items that are already within your home, but if you’re looking at making/purchasing an item, and know the measurements, you can punch those numbers in to the app. It will display a digital version of the item right where you want it in your home, so you don’t have to play the guessing game anymore. Although this particular app is only available for the iPhone, there are similar apps for Android as well.

Download it now: MeasureKit

Snapchat

 

Snapchat has become wildly popular over the years, and it’s come a long way during that time as well. What was once seemingly built with adolescents in mind as the target audience, this app is now utilized by people of all ages and status, including businesses and leaders all over the world. Snapchat has become a way to make the world a closer place, all while having fun.

So if you’ve been prone to shy away from this app in the past, now is the time to give it a shot! As we mentioned earlier, you can snap your friends puppy/rabbit selfies, add different parts of your day to your stories, and see what other people are up to all over the world. The features  are endless and the connections you can make are just as boundless.

Download it now: Google Play

StarWalk 2

StarWalk 2 is available both for free and for a small fee of $3. If you enjoy identifying constellations and sitting under the stars, we can’t recommend this app enough. On top of that, it’s also fantastic for academics. If you need to study the night sky for a class but are still having trouble figuring out what in the world you’re looking at, StarWalk 2 is a lifesaver.

Because there are two versions of this app, you can try the free version first before deciding whether you want to pay for it or not (although, we’re pretty sure you won’t regret the $3 investment). This app is said to be extremely accurate, so it will help you make huge strides when it comes to to recognizing star and planet patterns, opening up a whole new world of wonders for you to discover.

Download it now: Google Play

IKEA Place

Who doesn’t love IKEA? If you’ve never shopped this amazing store, you’re missing out. But perhaps you’ve been holding back because you’re not sure if the style quite fits your home and your vibe. That’s exactly where this app comes in: with IKEA Place, you’ll be able to see what IKEA products would exactly look like, right within your space, before buying.

Something like this for all stores would be groundbreaking. If you can see how large pieces of furniture look in your home, before purchasing them, it would solve so many common issues in furniture buying. Instead of having to send something back because it was too big, the wrong color, or the style just didn’t work for you, you can get those issues off the table ahead of time. This is a fantastic time to download IKEA Place and start designing your home.

Download it now: Google Play

Google Translate

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While Google Translate is not a new development, you’re going to love some of the key features this app has to offer, especially if you love to travel the world. While travelling to different countries and soaking up the diversity is great, the language barrier that may come with that is not nearly as fun. In fact, being in a country where you have no idea what the menu says or how to find your hotel can be a bit unsettling. That’s where the Google Translate app comes in.

With the augmented reality features within this app, you’ll be able to pull out your phone, focus the camera on words written within another language, and have them translated for you on the spot. It takes the guesswork out of it, and is certain to make your trip so much more relaxing and even enjoyable. So if you do any travelling to different countries, be sure to download this app soon.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

While one or two of these apps would be great for anyone to check out, all would be even better. Ranging from practical to entertaining and even communication, each one is designed to make different areas of your life just a little bit easier. If you decide to download, be sure to tell us all about it in the comments.

Lenovo’s Project Tango smartphone leaks out ahead of tomorrow’s release

Lenovo AR

Lenovo AR

#Lenovo is expected to unveil a handful of new devices tomorrow (June 9). Among the many devices planned is the Project Tango based PHAB2 Pro, which is expected to be the first Tango phone on the market. Just as we’re counting down for the event now, a new leak has revealed the handset in all its glory. We’re seeing the device in a press render as well as a live shot, which focuses on the array of sensors on the back.

The press rendering reveals a pretty normal looking device, but with a strange arrangement of Android navigation keys at the bottom (possibly capacitive). The back appears to have two separate cameras accompanied by a dual-LED flash and the fingerprint scanner, so there’s plenty going on with the device.

Lenovo PHAB2 Pro -2

The live image gives us a closer look of these rear cameras as well as a metal unibody design. Overall, the PHAB2 Pro looks like a premium offering and we wouldn’t be surprised if this won’t be easy on the wallets. Expect more information to be available by tomorrow as the PHAB 2 Pro and some other Moto offerings are unveiled tomorrow.

Source: @stagueve – Twitter

Via: Phandroid

Vivo Xplay 3S Sends Out Augmented Reality Press Invite

One of the most highly anticipated Android smartphones is about to be released this month and right now press invites have already been sent out. Chinese company BBK is making its press invites as special as the Vivo Xplay 3S by sending out physical invitations in the form of Augmenter Reality (AR) cards instead of just an email.

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Those invited to the launching event this coming December 18 got AR cards that look like any other ordinary card. Everything changes though when you hold it under an NFC equipped smartphone. An amazing 3D movie gets displayed on the screen of the device which shows a 3D house with a projector at the center of the room showing a presentation on the big screen.

If the company placed much effort in creating the invites then I can’t wait to see what work they have done on the Vivo Xplay 3S.

As a recap, a lot of people are eagerly anticipating the release of this device since it is going to be the world’s first QHD smartphone with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. Other Android manufacturers have yet to come up with models having this resolution with Samsung reportedly releasing its first 2K smartphone early next year.

Some of the known key features of the Vivo Xplay 3S include

  • Vivo Xplay 3S Sends Out Augmented Reality Press Invite
  • Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB processor
  • 5.5 inches display 2560×1440
  • 3GB of RAM
  • f/1.8 display
  • FDD / TDD-LTE support
  • Hi-Fi Hi-Res Audio support
  • USB 3.0 support

The Vivo line of smartphones is one of the better Android lines from China today. The devices under this branding usually come with amazing feature at a decent price. Some of the other products in this lineup include the Vivo X1 which at one point in time was considered as the world’s thinnest smartphone and the Vivo Xplay which comes with a Hi-Fi grade audio chip.

via gizchina

Google Sending Out Invites For Their Augmented Reality Game

Google Niantic Labs is unveiling their latest project. It is a new augmented reality game called Ingress. Yes, it is an actual augmented reality game. Unfortunately, the game is in a invite only stage. With Google behind this project, it’s bound to produce some amazing results and maybe even take augmented reality to the next level. There isn’t a whole lot of information on the game right now, but from the video you can see a few examples of what to expect. It’s a cool concept, hopefully Google will manage to execute it perfectly.

In Ingress, Players will have to generate a type of virtual energy that is needed to play the game. To do this, you have to pick up units of “XM” which you can collect through real-world surroundings. With this energy you collect you will go on missions around the world to “portals.” These portals will somehow be connected to libraries, public art and other major places, Talk Android notes. One of the best things about this game is that players will be able to play anywhere they are in the world. It isn’t limited to one specific area.

Again, Ingress is invite only at this point and their isn’t a lot of information about it. To sign up, you can hit the source link below.

source: Ingress
via: Talk Android 

Viewdle Brings Game Changing Game To Android

Wow there’s those words “Game Changing”, and this time we’re talking about a game so it’s got to be good right?

The folks at Viewdle have released a new vampire game to the Android market called Third Eye. So what makes a vampire game so earth shattering and game changing? It’s the way that Viewdle is integrating it’s device based facial recognition to gaming.

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