Sunday 6 November 2011

Augmented Reality Apps for Android

What is Augmented Reality?

Wikipedia defines augmented reality as :"Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented bycomputer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data."
What does Augmented Reality mean for Gamers
Augmented Reality Apps start to show potential

Games have been interlinked with technology for over thirty years now, and as anything when  a new technology emerges it can only be left to the imagination of the technology's promoters and the users of that technology as to how much can actually be done with it. With a modern smartphone , whether that be an Android or Iphone or any of the other popular names out there we are in possession of some very powerful technology. With our phones having rapid web connections , GPS, cameras and a host of other sensors and tech loaded on them the smartphone industry is filled with creative app developers who are taking our phones in awesome and exciting directions. This post will explore one of the more creative uses that of augmented reality apps and some of the best examples of augmented reality on phones today.
Augmented Reality for Travel

1. Wikitude World Browser

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World Browser is an augmented reality browser based on location-based Wikipedia and Qype content. This is handy for planning your trips and finding about attractions wherever you visit. Using the GPS or by address functions including the “Augmented Reality” cam view can be used to search over three hundred thousand attractions


Layar is probably one of the best known augmented reality apps out there and is quite amazing in its functionality.

Get more out of AR!
Layar is a mobile app for discovering information about the world around you. Using Augmented Reality (AR) technology, Layar displays digital information called “layers” into your smartphone’s field of vision.
With the introduction of Layar Vision, these layers can now recognize real-world objects and display digital AR experiences on top of them. Interact with the world around you by scanning images, such as magazines, restaurant menus and advertising posters with Layar Vision.
As always, choose from our catalog of over 3,000 layers and experience the world like never before!
Samsung has chosen Layar as one of the applications to be pre-installed on certain Samsung devices, along with many other applications such as "Maps" and "Calendar." As per Samsung's policy, none of these pre-installed applications can be removed by the user and are automatically updated by Samsung.

Shopping with Augmented Reality

Of course such powerful smartphone  technology will always an dineluctably be used for commercial purposes , so we are going to feature one of the better know AR shopping apps.

The World's First Augmented Reality Voucher App!
Savings Within Sight!
vouchAR saves you more! With over 40,000 vouchers on our system you can find local discounts on Dining Out, Hotels, Bars, Event Tickets, Fashion & Beauty.
vouchAR connects to high street stores and local retailers.
Daily Deals from Groupon
twitter .com/vouchAR
facebook .com/vouchAR
Brilliantly you can just point the phone's camera and shops with discounts will show up!

VouchAr-Point your phones camera and find discounts!

Google Goggles
This AR app by Google has a special section all to itself as it really does change the way we see the world!

Search the real world by taking a picture.
Search by taking a picture. Goggles uses image recognition technology to recognize objects and return relevant search results. Identifies products, famous landmarks, storefronts, artwork, and popular images found online. Goggles can translate words in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese & Russian.
Google Goggles

- Scan barcodes using Goggles to get product information
- Scan QR codes using Goggles to extract information
- Recognize famous landmarks
- Translate by taking a picture of foreign language text
- Add Contacts by scanning business cards or QR codes
- Scan text using Optical Character Recognition
- Recognize paintings, books, dvd, cds, and just about any 2D image
- Solve Sudoku puzzles

Augmented Reality Games
Augmented Reality Driving
And Finally the AR games. We wouldn't be Gametrender if we didn't at least mention a  few.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves but believe me these are all worth checking out. Playing an AR game on your smartphone is a unique and thrilling experience.

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Look forward to reading about the future of  Smartphones


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