These mind blowing augmented reality apps are changing the way we interact with the world around us. Despite AR being in development since the late sixties, it was difficult to imagine the reality we are currently creating, even a few years ago. Newer technologies make it easier to integrate the things we learn into the real world, and open our access to far more than a lifetime of information. The apps listed here will help you see the world in a different way. They educate as well as entertain and are sure to blow your mind.
1. The New York Times
You don’t need to download a special app to experience the news in the latest, most engaging way possible. The New York Times has integrated AR experiences right into their native app so that you can read the news as if you are right there. The news app includes AR features for some of their most immersive stories and creates even more relevance for current events by bringing them right into your world.
Experience history first hand without inventing the time machine with this app created by the BBC. WIth Civilisations, you can get up close and personal with popular exhibits from some of the best museums in the UK. You wouldn’t be able to touch the artifacts if you actually visited these museums, but with this app, you can rub the image on the screen to clean it and see what it would have looked like brand new, check out vestiges of the distant past from every angle, and even get an x-ray view of a mummy in a sarcophagus.
3. Mind Map
Get out of your head with this amazing app that will help you visualize the way your mind works, bringing your thoughts to the physical world. Create mind maps and connect your thoughts using images, links, and extensive notes, then make them 3D images you can explore. Turn your camera on so you can see your thoughts from every angle in the setting you are in, or turn it off so you can explore them in other inspiring settings.
4. Google Translate
Learning another language expands the mind, helps you understand other cultures, and facilitates communication despite differences. Sometimes, however, you just need to know what something means without having to practice for years to understand. Google Translate will help you understand the world around you and navigate your travels to distant lands, by translating for up to 103 languages. You can point your camera, take a picture, write the words on your screen, or even speak them, and Google Translate will transform the language into something you can understand.
Have you ever wanted to spray paint a public space, but didn’t want to get into trouble for it? Or maybe you wish you could leave a message for passersby without a legal entanglement? WallaMe is your graffiti solution for anywhere you go. Leave hidden messages or paintings wherever you want, and other users with the app will see them. Or you can set the message to private so that only your friends can see. Either way, this app will help you get your deviant urges satisfied while keeping you out of trouble.
Roar integrates commerce into your world in ways that make your life more educational, more fun, and more convenient. Scan any product you see in the real world, to see if there is an AR experience connected to it. You can get information and learn about products, find out where to buy them, and interact with them in fun and unique ways, with the Roar app.
7. Google Lens
*iOS must use Google Lens within the Google Photos or Google app, and cannot use the camera.
Google lens helps you learn everything you can about the world around you, without even having to enter a search. Just point your phone’s camera at an object you want to know more about, and google lens will search its image archives to find what you are looking for. Want to know what kind of plant you are looking at, where to buy that shirt you like, or who painted that mural? Google Lens has you covered.
Want to try your hand at creating augmented reality scenes? Now you can, with Thyng. This app allows you to insert digital objects into the world around you, or put them on targeted backgrounds. You can create 3D scenes and even make images and logos interactive. Share your creations directly to social media, or work with your friends in real-time in order to create an AR world together.