Best Android app for AR fanatics
When it comes to Augmented Reality many fans will looking forward to the release of Google Glasses, but there are plenty of augmented Android applications that use this technology currently, and we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the best Android apps available.
Augmented Reality allows users to blur the line between both the real and digital world and this can be done in a manner of different ways including the introduction of sounds, graphics and feedback to name a few. In an article on The Droid Guy they look at some Augmented Reality apps for Android and the first mentioned is Wikitude, as this was voted “Best Augmented Reality Browser 2009-2012“.
This free app accessible to download through Google Play, allows users to connect with their surroundings with the use of the devices camera, and this is a helpful way to obtain information on bars, restaurants hotels and other activities. With over 100 million places to browse, users can also play AR games like Swat The Fly, Bubble Tap and Alien Attack.
Layar is another popular AR app with over 25 million downloads noted already, and this also uses the camera to scan adverts, objects and news articles assisting the user with relevant information on scanned objects. 3D Compass gives the user an opportunity to view the world from a driver’s perspective with maps, coordinates, addresses and speed with GPS sensor.
Sky Map is ideal for those interested in information about the night sky, and just by pointing your device at the sky, users will get the chance to receive accurate details about the planets and star constellations above us. Ingress is an AR game which is getting positive feedback, and this game allows users to play on either side, Resistance or Enlightened.
Gameplay revolves around the choices made as your surroundings become the game environment where you get to collect objects, capture enemy territory and tap into sources of energy. The game is currently in closed beta, so we expect to hear more on this one when it becomes accessible to the public.
Are you a fan of Augmented Reality? What is your favourite AR app?