Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Best Augmented Reality Apps for Android

by Srivathsan G.K
What is augmented reality technology ? This new technology, called augmented reality, blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell. Its like a WOW feeling when you’ve experienced this augmented reality.
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For me its like connecting the virtual reality with the real world using computer-generated imagery. Both video games and cell phones are driving the development of augmented reality and therefore it encourages many application developers to create augmented reality apps for mobile platforms. For an augmented reality app to work, it needs GPS, 3G, WiFi, Camera etc. Not every augmented reality apps need all, but it is necessary. Some of the best augmented reality apps for android devices are listed below :

Google Goggles :

Use pictures to search the web. While the Google Goggles app is running, simply capture any text, picture, contact info or anything you want. Just click a snap and allow it to search on the web. Suppose, if you’re in a historic place and wants to find out the history behind it ? Just click a snap to an object or historic monument in your front and let the app search on Google to find out the exact history behind the place. Similarly, you can click the picture of any contact info and allow Google to find the place in Google maps with directions. Also if you’re looking for translation, just click the image of foreign text which you want to translate and allow Goggles to translate it for you.
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Layar :

A beautiful, fun augmented reality app that shows you the things you can’t see. If you’re using Layar on your android phone, it simply explores more places with the help of camera, GPS and compass on your android phone. Exploring places in a real time way, Just simply focus your camera on a place with the layar app switched on in your android smartphone, the layar augmented reality app will suggest restaurants, schools or hospitals and many more.

TagWhat :

Tagwhat is a free network where you can create-and-share location based messages and content on-line or in mobile augmented reality. Tag what matters to you in your personal map from your desk or mobile. Add text, urls, photos, phone numbers, or videos to your tags. Use your mobile in real life to explore your unique Tagwhat AR experience.

Space InvadAR :

Augmented reality game for android with Space InvadAR. All you need to do is, just focus your camera on a high resolution image and based on the image, it suggests you games. Check out the video demo below :

If you’ve used any other augmented reality app for android, do let us know about it through comments.
Best Augmented Reality Apps for Android is a post from: Madras Geek

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