iOS: Augmented reality feels a little gimmicky — there are only so many games you can play on your coffee table, monsters you can drop into your backyard, and items you can sort-of measure. However, augmented reality apps that are thoughtful in their approach, such as Fields, are incredibly fun to play with.
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Apple's ARKit for iOS 11 makes it relatively easy for developers to take advantage of the company's augmented reality features, and gives consumers the opportunity to interact with a virtual world layered over your actual environment. Augmented reality games are certainly the flashiest way to demonstrate its many uses, but some of the best augmented reality apps aren't games at all. These AR tools for iOS empower you with the tools you need to establish some sense of order in your home, plan for the future (in terms of what couch you're going to buy this spring) and get started on some home improvement projects without lifting a hammer.
iOS: I still think augmented-reality goggles are the future. Yes, Google Glass was creepy and off-putting, and yes, Snapchat Spectacles tanked, but as I crick my neck after a morning commute spent staring down at my phone, I feel nostalgic for the promise of a heads-up display that replaces my phone's most mundane functions. Especially navigation, the most ridiculous task to accomplish by burying my head in a device. And the iOS 11 app HotStepper reminds me just how fun AR navigation could be.
Microsoft is betting big on their Hololens platform with a massive expansion, adding another 29 countries to the distribution footprint, certification and plans for a hard hat version.
At the Microsoft Future Decoded in London, the company announced expansion of the Hololens into 29 European countries.
Google Glass was released to quite a bit of fanfare four years ago but the excitement faded. Initially envisaged as a consumer product, Google Glass has been re-released as an enterprise product focussed on delivering AR and other information in work environments were access to data and keeping your hands free are important.
Have you ever dreamt about impressing the people around your neighbourhood with preachy Banksy-inspired graffiti? SketchAR is an augmented reality drawing app that uses a smartphone and its camera to let you trace images. And when used with a device that supports Google's Project Tango technology, suddenly anyone can become a tagger who doesn't suck.
Microsoft has launched a competition where you can share your ideas of what apps you want to see created for the HoloLens. The vendor is picking three ideas from the public and will turn them into apps for its augmented reality headset. As a bonus, Microsoft will be open sourcing the codes for the final products. Here's how you can enter.
Microsoft will launch its augmented reality headset HoloLens by next year and will be gearing it towards enterprise use in its initial launch. The computerised glasses, which can overlay 2D and 3D images in a user's field of vision, has recently been marketed more towards a consumer audience and we're curious to see if there is any enteprise interest in the new gadget.
Google Glass -- AKA the computer you wear on your face -- is set to launch at an unspecified date later this year. Doubtlessly many of you are eager to try out this intriguing new technology, which will lead to entirely new social interactions and potential faux pas. Google recommends the following Glass etiquette techniques that will stop you from becoming a 'Glasshole'.
Dear Lifehacker, Having recently seen our Prime Minister showing off/looking confused with Google Glass glasses, I was wondering whether it would be illegal to use them while driving? Logic dictates that yes it would be, but our laws are rarely logical. Is this something that is already covered, or something they'll need to specifically add in? Thanks, Cameron
Lonely Planet is offering its 25 Android Compass travel apps for 99 cents each between now and December 25. We liked them at full price ($4.99), so the 99 cent deal is definitely a good chance to grab a guide for any city you're thinking of visiting. The apps are available through the Android market.