What is Augmented Reality or AR ?
According to Wikipedia –
Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
There are many Augmented Reality apps for Android in market.These apps use camera from your smartphones and display the Augmented reality on the homescreen just like we see in various science fiction movies.
Here is a list of 6 Augmented Reality apps for Android:
1. Layar: Layar Reality browser is the best Augmented Reality app as it uses camera,GPS module,compass and accelerometer of your Android phone to display the information which you require just by pointing the phone in that direction.
There are currently 2000 layers to choose from and is available for a free download from Android market.
2.Google Goggles: Google Goggles takes pictures and then searches the real world to find the similar object and it makes use of image recognition technology.
It can recognize objects which includes books,paintings,DVDs and much more.
3.Wikitude World Browser: If you enjoy travelling then this a must have app for you as you can explore near by areas just by holding your phone.
It enables you to browse through more than 100 million places, can find restaurants,ATMs and also search for specific places.
No doubt that Wikitude World Browser was voted “Best Augmented Reality browser in 2010” and is available for a free download.
4. FriendsRadar: The app lets you to stay connected with your friends while on move.It shows the position of your friends on AR view if your friends are sharing GPS position.
You can chat with your friends, call them if you want or can email them.
5. Parallel Kingdom AOT: Parallel Kingdom AOT is a must for those who like to play AR games and has won many popular awards.
The app lets you to play games at your own location along with other players.You can also have a chat with other players and make your own strategies.Hunt for creatures around you.
6. Phantom ALERT: Phantom ALERT Augmented Reality Android app is one of the popular travel app in US and it shows real time traffic using Google Maps.
The app is being supported by Police departments in US and shows various traffic camera views to you in the direction to where you are travelling.
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