By Conner Carey on Fri, 02/05/2016
First of all, what is augmented reality? It’s a “technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view,” according to Google’s dictionary. What that means is your iPhone works to layer graphics or information on top of your view of reality. For example, an app which locates local restaurants might use Augmented Reality to allow you to hold up your phone and see arrows on the street in front of you, leading to your destination. I expect we’ll see more and more Augmented Reality apps coming to market this year (like Pokemon GO!); here’s five of the coolest app using AR that are available now.
Zombies Everywhere! ($0.99)
Fight the undead in the real world with Zombies Everywhere. There’s a free version of the app too if you want to give it a try first. The game is exactly as it sounds: move your camera around the room as zombies climb up and begin moving towards you. Don’t worry though, you have a gun. Shoot the zombies till they're down and kill as many as you can before they kill you.
Amikasa uses Augmented Reality to allow you to design your interior spaces using the 3D floor planner. View your space, add realistic looking furniture, and make your space exactly how you imagine it. Perfect for designing your room before you ever enter a furniture store.
Transparent Earth (Free)
Ever wonder which country or ocean is beneath your feet on the other side of the world? Transparent Earth allows you to see through the Earth as though it were transparent. Certainly puts things into perspective and makes it clear there’s truly no East and West, just a big sphere.
Anatomy 4D (Free)
Learn about anatomy with interactive 4D augmented reality. The app allows you to explore the human body and heart in intricate detail; it makes it easy to view individual organ systems such as the skeletal and muscular. Choose an image from the app’s Target Library and position the camera over the printed (or digital) image to bring anatomy to life.
Sun Seeker ($9.99)
For Photographers, Architects, Farmers, and more, the Sun Seeker app is a dream come true. The augmented reality shows you the solar path, its hour intervals, its equinox, winter and summer solstice paths, rise and set time, and more. You also have the ability to choose any date and see the solar path for that day.