In today's news, our favorite Cupertino company acquires a notable augmented reality company, IBM has started allowing employees to choose Macs for their workstations, and word from the supply line in China claims that both rumored upcoming iPhones will get a key new feature.
Yesterday we reported that Apple's rumored upcoming online TV service will boast around 25 channels at launch, and today we have a better idea of what those channels might be. In other news, we have some information regarding what to expect during the April 10 Apple Watch try-ons, and we've heard that it's possible that Apple has a small team that's completely dedicated to working with augmented reality technology.
Have an M.D. with surgical training and want to operate on someone's liver? Don't worry--there's an app for that. (Forgive me, I couldn't resist.) Reuters recently reported that a German doctor used an augmented reality app for Apple's beloved tablet to complete a surgery, marking one of the first times that the iPad's ever been used in such a manner.
Hey listen, I'm not trying to tell you how to live your life or anything, it's just that you're doing it wrong. Sure, it's nice to go for the occasional Jetpack Joyride, but engaging with the real world is fun. You remember fun, right? YourExtraLife is an augmented reality project designed to challenge its members into venturing into the hot sun -- or staying in and watching a trilogy on Netflix -- and push them into areas outside of their normal comfort zone.
Well, it's a big gamer weekend for price drops we're seeing. So if you've got rain where you're at, it's a perfect weekend to stay indoors and give your thumbs a workout. If you're getting ready to go back to school, we've got a couple other apps for you too.
Augmented Reality apps are really cool, letting your camera-enabled iOS device add a layer of information to what its camera is seeing. We picked through the multitude of AR apps in the App Store to find 12 that are worthwhile downloads.
Augmented reality applications seem to be taking mobile devices by storm -- and for good reason, since we've wanted a RoboCop-like heads-up display since...well, since we first saw RoboCop. Augmented reality apps over overlay data on the camera of your smartphone, allowing you to see information like weather and local points of interest -- and they can even keep you from walking into walls while texting or emailing.
Augmented reality. It's that future tech we've all been waiting for--point your phone at something in the real world, and gain all the cyber knowledge the interwebs can provide. Wondering what species of tree you're looking at? Just direct your iPhone camera to it, and Wikipedia fills you in with a textual overlay.
Of course with the neat comes the not so neat too, so we at Mac|Life have done you the service of sifting out the junk. We've gone through just about every augmented reality app we could find, and here are our four favorites. They may not be the first apps you think of when you think about augmented reality, but they're actually useful. In fact, we'd say they're the best. And, iPhone 4 users, they're all updated for viewing on that gorgeous Retina Display.