1. Chemy JMHT's Avatar


    Up-and-coming AR apps include BMW and Googles programs that help you fix your car, Yelps Monocle tool that shows reviews of restaurants as you walk past them, the Scan Sky Guide that names and describes stars and constellations, the Be My Eyes app that allows a blind person to send an image to a person with sight so they can help answer their questions, and apps that let you test out products from IKEA or even tattoos before you pay for them.

    HATE POKMON GO? YOU CAN STILL LOVE AUGMENTED REALITY

    Never heard of augmented reality before Pokmon Go? Its played second fiddle to virtual reality, but the public is finally catching on to the potential seen by savvy entrepreneurs and do-gooders. It could aid the disabled, translate languages and educate a new workforce, says University of Washington researcher Ryan Calo, who led an interdisciplinary study on the subject last year. It also presents distinct legal challenges, based upon privacy, property and liability concerns. Here are just some of the ways augmented reality is capable of changing your day-to-day today.

    1. FIX YOUR CAR AND LEARN A NEW SKILL.

    Making that toasty **** warmer run smoothly is harder than it looks, and its also harder than ever for amateur mechanics to fix all the things that can go awry. Cue BMW and Google, which have each created augmented reality glasses that diagnose problems and explain how to replace and repair engine parts. Turning us all into handymen is just the start augmented training could help plumbers learn their trade without touching a plunger or wrench, or teach inmates how to operate complicated machinery from their jail cells.

    2. SEE WHATS ON THE MENU, EVERYWHERE AROUND YOU.

    Walking down the street, looking for something good to eat, you lift your camera and bam you suddenly have meat-seeking vision. Yelps Monocle tool shows reviews of restaurants as you pass them. While most users still pick a place before they go out, the tool is useful in unfamiliar neighborhoods or in countries where a different language is spoken, says Yelp product manager James Hurley. Its never been easier to point and chow.

    3. LOOK AT THE HEAVENS AND FINALLY KNOW WHATS IN FRONT OF YOU.

    Scan Sky Guide at the starry night and it traces, names and describes the constellations, plus the app lets you search by formation. The experience is especially stunning on a tablet, and its a safe bet that museums, city tours and art exhibits will adopt similar programs, too.

    4. BE SOMEONES EYES. OR BORROW SOME, IF NEED BE.

    With the Be My Eyes app, a blind person can send an image to a person with sight, who has volunteered to help answer their question. One day, machines will do the volunteers job, says Calo, and the same principle could be used in giving the hearing-impaired subtitles for their life.

    5. PICTURE LIFE-CHANGING PURCHASES BEFORE COMMITTING.

    Sometimes youve just got to see it to believe. If its buying furniture, the IKEA catalog lets you pick, say, a couch and place it virtually in your home, although user reviews say the app can be buggy. (The company told OZY it changed its AR supplier recently, which affected its goal of improving the feature). Like tats? The InkHunter app will let you visualize that new tattoo design ahead of time, helping you decide whether its a good or bad look. Unless its a face tattoo. Then its always a bad choice.

    Source: Hate Pokmon Go? You Can Still Love Augmented Reality | Good Sh*t | OZY
    09-05-2016 02:50 PM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    Now THIS is AR I could get behind!
    09-12-2016 10:53 AM

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