TapMeasure is incredibly easy to use: Just tap the button that appears on the screen to set your position, move your smartphone along the surface you want to measure, and then press the button again to set its endpoint. The app also uses your iPhone camera for other measurement tasks and provides tools for aligning picture frames and creating 3D scans of rooms.
Holographic maps like those in The Hunger Games are still futuristic fantasies, but AR opens up new ways to view location data.
Take Fitness AR, an app integrated into the Fitness Social Network Strava, allows you to visualize running and cycling tours in 3D. Fitness AR creates a 3D map of the paths that you have logged into the app and that are visible from multiple viewpoints. You can zoom in to take a closer look and explore potential courses using the Fitness AR route building option.
As AR technology improves, imagine a tool like this that helps athletes improve their performance by exploring the terrain on previous routes and focusing on areas where they struggled.
If you are the IT expert in your family, the Vuforia Chalk App from PTC Inc. is both a blessing and a curse. It makes it easier to explain instructions to someone remotely, which in turn increases the likelihood that you will receive calls from angry family members.
With Vuforia Chalk, you can share the view of your device on something with someone else to discuss a problem, say which button to press on a remote, or how to operate a homemade cappuccino machine. Both of you can then annotate the screen to share it in real time or comment on instructions. The app uses augmented reality to make sure these markers stay in place as you move your smartphone’s camera around the room.
News agencies are constantly developing their storytelling formats to keep pace with new technologies, and Quartz’s mobile app is a good example. When you receive treats of voice messages from the Quartz app, certain stories include an option to view the content in augmented reality.