Augmented reality for smartphones is on the rise. The AR experience is getting better and more realistic and allows users to add virtual layers to their real physical world.
Augmented reality is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are “augmented” by computer-generated or extracted real-world sensory input such as sound, video, graphics, haptics or GPS data -Wikipedia
Canadian companies are leading the way on games and productivity apps that utilize virtual reality to create hyper realistic experiences.
In AR mode, kids can explore the world they have created on any flat surface, looking to discover goods for Thomas & Friends to deliver.
Three friends founded Budge Studios in 2010 after seeing the market for kids apps after the first iPad release. Other games they’ve put out include Garfield and My Little Pony.
Thomas & Friends Minis is available for free download from the App Store on iPhone or iPad, or at AppStore.com
Create floor plans by using AR to map out your space, view 3D imagery, or furnish a home, and more. The magicplan app takes guesswork of how much flooring, wood, or paint you should buy for a DIY project. It’s also handy for professionals like realtors, designers and contractors to easily create professional floor plans.
magicplan is available for free download from the App Store on iPhone or iPad, or at AppStore.com
Tsuro has been the No. 1 Board Game app in over 90 countries, and is now one of the first AR board games. The interface lets you play as if you had the actual game in front of you, along with cool pyrotechnic effects and devious AI opponents in the app.
Interestingly, Tsuro’s first AR beta was created in less than an hour while founder Dan Taylor was waiting for a taxi, and within two weeks, he had Tabletop Mode ready and released it when iOS 11 launched in September.
Tsuro is available for download for $3.99 from the App Store on iPhone or iPad, or at AppStore.com
Playing pool is so much better when you can look around the table and line up balls. Founded in 2009, Uken Games has launched 13 games like Jeopardy! World Tour and Bingo Pop, but Kings of Pool is their first AR option.
Kings of Pool is available for free download from the App Store on iPhone and iPhone, or at AppStore.com
It may be the gadget that readers and viewers are the most excited about this year, based on how many hits I’ve been getting on this content. Google Pixel 2 has launched, and it’s got Android users and, yes, even Apple die-hards buzzing. Continue reading “Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone Review”
This may be the most talked about smartphone that’s ever been released, depending who you ask… the brand new Apple iPhone X. People might be wondering what makes it so different from other phones and even from previous iPhones like the new 8 and 8+. There’s actually a lot that’s different, so lets dive in and take a look.
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If you have a Google Home device, and an August smart lock, you might want to use Google Home’s voice controls to lock and unlock your door. Unfortunately, Google hasn’t yet added August locks to the list of devices you can add automatically.
Fortunately, there’s a hack for that. Continue reading “How to get Google Home to control August smart locks”
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Fitbit’s new Ionic smart watch holds hundreds of songs and it’s a great on-the-go fitness accessory. The best way to listen to music on the watch is with a pair of wireless headphones, which Fitbit also now carries. Fitbit Flyer is a pair of compact, attractive wireless headphones where the two earbuds are connected by a slim wire. Continue reading “Fitbit Flyer sport headphones review”
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There’s no avoiding the fact that TVs are ugly. Engineers have been making them thinner and improving the video picture, but until now, getting them to fit nicely into our home decor has been an afterthought. So when I heard about the new Samsung Frame TV and its integrated design concept, I knew I had to try it.