Top 9 best ever augmented reality ever existed!

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Mobile AR : Apple AR Kit 4, Google AR Core

Having a look at some of the rich developer’s side, the two corporate giants Apple and Google have introduced their AR developer tools as open-source software in the mid of decade. Apple has AR Kit from its side and Google has AR Core for its contribution. And for the statistics, I should despise it concentrating on different domains, Google’s and apple’s tools seem to have the best use and has been most people’s preferred choice. The reason behind this is that they have constantly kept the developer’s needs in the best way. Their remarkable features of face identification tool, depth API option and location anchor.

By 2020, AR has got an unseen rate of downloads in both the software and has lead to an extreme increase in usage of AR in real life.

AR in Shopping and Retail

AR has contributed the ‘imagine you with the product to feel the product’. Best examples of retailers and sellers using this technology include the usage of AR in fixing the customer’s face to the frame or spectacles and see whether it suits their face, colour and likes. Lens kart first introduced this to the market and this became a great success as it matched 90 % of the real-time experience and customers got good satisfaction in buying their desired product.

One daily life application in the eCommerce or shopping industry includes the IKEA app allowing the customers to place their wish-listed furniture’s place anywhere in their home as per their preference to see if it has the best-fit amenities. This also has got really good support from the customers. In industries like the manufacturing industry, you can’t afford to make a single mistake in the development process.

A minor error can become the reason for re-building or improving an existing product, which will be both costly and time-consuming. Augmented reality provides an excellent solution for easily spotting manufacturing errors. The technology, with its potential to digitize the product prototyping in 3D, makes it easier to access and understand the prototype. Business leaders can easily make the right decision and their team can act effectively. This increases the speed of the process along with the efficiency rate, which ultimately enhances the overall experience and profit generated.

AR in navigation

The navigation system adoption is highly variant and useful too both indoors and outdoors.  AR in outdoor has better examples such as navigation through shopping malls, airports and many other similar places. People who are new to these places will definitely find these features time consuming and user friendly with perfect guidance made possible.

Similarly, indoor navigation is made possible when, you have an exemplary wifi network, Bluetooth beacons, QR codes and ceiling antennas. Sygic’s AR feature improves the safety of navigation apps. This is by combining a smartphone’s GPS with AR that guides drivers along a virtual path. It’s available for all Android and iOS users. True AR, offered by Navion, is the first holographic AR navigation system for cars. The system evolves as the environment around the car changes.

Remote Assistance and Virtual Manuals

Although only 7% of the workforce in the United States has access to telework options. 37% of U.S jobs have the potential of being possible via telework. However, according to the Brookings Institution, about half of employed US adults work from home. Despite these discrepancies, it is clear that telework has increased dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brookings Institution also predicts that current trends of telework will continue long after the pandemic has passed.

Because of the increase in telework, new solutions are needed to maintain the efficiency of certain professions that formerly operated in-person. IT computer repair is a great example. Augmented reality can allow IT, technicians, to give guidance to customers using on-screen directions. As the customer holds their smartphone camera up to a computer in need of service, the IT technician can draw over the screen to direct the customer to certain points of interest.

AR in Automobiles

The most important practical application of an AR HUD for drivers is safety. The HUD can make drivers aware of potential hazards. This might have gone unnoticed without posing a distraction or obstructing their view of the road. Nissan’s Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology already uses AR and AI to make drivers aware of potential hazards, such as nearby objects. The system can also redirect a driver’s focus to the road if their attention begins to wander.

BMW and Accenture designed an AR application. This allows customers to experience a new car in their driveway without having to go to the dealership. They can also see what the virtual car looks like in different colours.

Augmented reality has had a large impact on the automotive industry. One of the more clear applications of this technology is through the use of heads-up displays (HUDs). Through this, consumers will be familiar with their favourite video games and movies. However, AR HUDs will serve a practical purpose for drivers. This will allow them to process information that supports their view of the road.

Portable AR

Augmented reality is relatively convenient on a smartphone. But, in its current form, it isn’t nearly as convenient for shoppers and everyday tech consumers. Holding up a cell phone can be relatively distracting and also takes the immersion out of an AR experience. AR experiences through a headset are vastly superior to viewing simulated objects through a smartphone’s camera.

Although progress is slow, the industry is gradually working its way toward treating AR headsets.

Events with AR

Augmented reality can greatly enhance in-person and virtual events such as career fairs and sports events. This can be done via dedicated apps or through Web AR solutions. AR events can provide unique experiences to attendees. As well as provide them with a way of interacting despite restrictions like quarantine. The result of the project produced an immersive. AR career fair experience that anyone could go to by pointing their smartphone at a large, flat, outdoor space.

Videos can be seen on displays on the virtual tables that describe more about that particular graduate career and business. On top of it all, the experience is powered by Web AR, requiring no app downloads to function. This makes Web AR more accessible to users which can be critical for marketing purposes. Being the largest platform, Web AR has 3.04 billion compatible devices, is still in the early stages but powerful shifts are already moving brands in its direction.

AR in Sports

Virtual reality has been tried in this space, but it fails to provide a better experience than actually going to watch a match in person. Instead, augmented reality has taken the lead because of its accessibility.

Major League Baseball in the United States is exploring its options to apply its innovative Hawkeye baseball tracking and analytics data to AR experiences. By having precise data on where players and the ball are on the field at all times during a match, AR delivery in a virtual space can be accomplished with a greater degree of accuracy and realism using this kind of data. It seems likely that data from other sports such as soccer, American football, golf, and others could use this same strategy to provide AR experiences to fans.

AR in Education

While there’s still much to explore regarding how augmented reality can support education, the possibilities are significant. Augmented reality could help educators engage students in the classroom with dynamic 3D models, overlays of fun facts and more regarding the topics they are learning about. Visual learners would benefit from the visualization capabilities of AR that can bring concepts to life (or at least 3D) via digital renderings. Students can access information anywhere and anytime without any special equipment as is the case with Mondly, a language-learning app.

LiDAR

LiDAR technology is more on consumer devices such as the iPhone 12 Pro as well as the iPad Pro 2020. LiDAR’s incorporation into Apple’s product arsenal began with the iPad Pro in 2020. However, now that the scanner into the iPhone 12 Pro has made consumers now have access to advanced portable AR solutions.

One of the most important opportunities that LiDAR provides is people occlusion. This allows for more immersive AR experiences by allowing people in the frame to occlude virtual objects. Onboarding with virtual objects is another important step in AR that LiDAR vastly improves upon. LiDAR’s incorporation into more portable platforms again suggests the development of more portable and comfortable head-mounted AR devices like eyeglasses.

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