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.
We've talked about augmented reality iPhone apps here before, but Plane Finder AR has to be one of the coolest we've seen yet. This application lets you find planes in the air by pointing the camera one your iPhone (or now, iPod touch) in the air near a plane. When you do, a heads up display will show you information about the plane, including flight number, aircraft registration, speed, altitude and how far away it is.
There's been a lot of ballyhoo made over the iPhone 4's innovative antenna design and high resolution Retina Display, but you don't often hear too much about one of the unsung heroes of the handset's hardware, the gyroscope.
"A gyroscope, you say?" Yep it's in there, and it's a fine upgrade over the iPhone 3GS' compass and accelerometer hardware.
Apple is in ur life, augmentin' ur realities! Well, not yet, but Patently Apple has discovered some evidence that suggests that the Cupertino-based company may want to head in that direction--and make plenty of dough doing it.