Top 5 Augmented Reality Apps For Your Smartphone

Despite still being in the early states of mass adoption, augmented reality (AR) has already begun to gain popularity owing to the many AR based apps that have begun to pop up on app stores in smartphones. To put it simply, AR technology overlays virtual images, sceneries, or objects on real life objects and spaces, in real time, which makes for a fascinating and interactive user experience. App developers are already working on creating AR apps dedicated to providing an immersive experience, and numerous high quality AR apps can be expected in the future. However, even at the present, many high quality AR apps are available for use with your smartphone. Listed below are our picks for the top 5 augmented reality apps for your smartphone.

1. Dance Reality

Dance Reality will make even the most ardent haters addicted to dancing. The concept of the app is rather simple: a virtual dancing instructor by the name of “Bee” shows up in your room and and instructs you on some basic dance moves. This is only a starting point, however. You can learn many different dance forms with this app. For instance, if you wish to learn Salsa, another instructor named Andy Albani will appear in your room along with Bee to teach you the dance. You can learn many different dance forms with the help of this app, such as hip hop and salsa. The only downside is that, as you are learning through a mobile app, you will have to be holding your phone in your hand while you are learning the dance moves.

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2. JigSpace

One of the most popular uses of AR is in the field of education. And rightly so, for AR is the perfect tool to keep students engaged with its interactive features and make understanding difficult topics and concepts easier with its use of three dimensional graphics and figures. JigSpace is a fun and entertaining learning app that is created for both kids as well as adults to use. It covers a vast range of categories, from science to history, machinery, etc. For instance, to learn the functioning of a battery, you simply have to select the relevant topic from the app and direct your phone’s camera towards a flat surface to be able to see a 3-Dimensional model of an AA battery before you, accompanied by a detailed, step-by-step guide explaining the workings of a battery. As it is AR, you can interact with the 3D object too, rotating it or zooming in as you wish. Using 3D graphics is perhaps one of the easiest way to explain difficult concepts to children, making JigSpace an ideal AR education app.

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3. Ink Hunter

Tattoos have become quiet the rage among the youth these days. And although everything loves the idea of getting their skin decorated with intricate designs, not everyone is willing to undergo the painful process if getting a tattoo. Ink Hunter is the perfect app for thise people as it allows you to put a virtual tattoo on your skin so you can see it in augmented reality before you decide whether you want to get it done in actual reality. The app offers a catalogue of its own pre-made designs to select from, but, if you want, you can also scan your own tattoo design and apply it virtually on your skin. It is also the perfect app for those reluctant to visit a tattoo parlor in the midst of the Covid pandemic, for you can still apply that tattoo on yourself virtually and flaunt it on social media.

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4. BBC Civilization AR

BBC’s Civilization AR is the perfect app for those interested in ancient civilizations and cultures. The app is free for all and uses augmented reality to convert your room into a virtual museum, where it hosts a plethora of ancient artefacts stored in actual museums. You can view each of these historical artefacts in 3D on your iPad or iPhone. One artefact featured on the app, for example, is an Egyptian Mummy in its coffin. You can learn all about the history and origins of this artefact as well as use the x-ray feature to see a scan of the Mummy inside the coffin. This app is also ideal for kids who dislike history, as it is an interesting and engaging way of learning the subject.

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5. Knightfall: AR

Knightfall AR is an augmented reality game that involves castles, sword fighting, and epic battles. In this strategy game, you are taken to the land of The Knights Templar, where you have to save a city named Acre by preventing an army invasion and protect the Holy Grail. As the game is played in augmented reality, my only have to direct the virtual battlefield on a flat surface like the floor or a table top and start shooting at the virtual enemy units as they begin to near your wall. Knightfall is the perfect AR app for lovers of battle strategy games.

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