At WWDC 2017, Apple introduced the ARKit toolkit to developers. At the same time, even the company itself could not explain why we need augmented reality, in addition to building virtual houses and running after Pokemon. But by 2019, AR has firmly entered the lives of smartphone users. And I will tell you about the most interesting options for its use in Apple products and not only.

Accuracy of the standard Line application

Let's start with a simple one. iOS 12 brought us an application Ruler. Yes, it is not very accurate and is hardly suitable for serious measurements, but the beginning has been made, Apple must do everything beautifully in iOS 13, as we love.

Third-party companies use augmented reality much more interesting. For example, you still can’t understand how this chair will look in the living room while visiting Ikea? The Swedes have a solution – the Ikea Place application.

Ikea Place Application Interface

A free application with a laconic design allows you to try on most of the products from the assortment of a furniture company in your apartment. It works quite fast, adequately understands horizontal surfaces. Everything can be twisted, vilified around the premises, you can come closer and look at it from all sides. It is simply indispensable both for those who buy the whole atmosphere from scratch, and for those who can not decide on the choice of ottoman in the hallway.

A similar chip was introduced on the site by Apple itself. Immediately after the presentation, it was possible to look at the new iPhone in augmented reality. People who saw this photo in the morning were seriously perplexed. After all, they do not read our Telegram channel and are not aware of the new Apple chips.

iPhone 11 Pro in Augmented Reality

Have you met people who find it difficult to navigate on maps, especially in an unfamiliar place? For them, Yandex introduced an interesting function into its Yandex.Maps. Click on the blue circle at the bottom of the map after building the route – and feel like a hero in a computer game like Grand Theft Auto.

Augmented Reality in Yandex.Maps

Blue arrows will help you find a route even on the most complicated streets. In order not to be bored wandering around alone, Yandex added all sorts of Easter eggs. Try walking along Pushkinskaya or Lubyanskaya Square in Moscow, for example.

INKHUNTER app on iPhone

Also in the App Store there is a curious application INKHUNTER. It is made for those who are preparing to apply a tattoo, but do not know how it will look. Augmented reality rushes to the rescue. We draw a square “smiley” on the hand, load the sketch of the future tattoo, point the camera at the mark already applied, and the application changes it to the drawing. How many mistakes humanity would escape with this program!

Magicplan app on iPhone

Sometimes you need to create a plan of a room. Previously, this required roulette, a ruler, paper, pencil, straight arms, drawing skills and a lot of time. Today, download Magicplan to your iPhone – and go. Even furniture will not need to be moved. As in the case of the "Ruler", the user selects the start and end points of the measurement for each protrusion indoors. And the program automatically generates the electronic version of the plan of the apartment or room itself.

Augmented reality will help novice artists. Down with carbon paper and light tablets! You can use SketchAR to train in creating your own drawings based on ready-made ones.

SketchAR app on iPhone

First you need to take a picture of the image that you want to reproduce, and then point the camera at a white sheet, around the perimeter of which round marks are applied with a pencil. Further, a technical matter is to circle the picture along the lines and add something of your own to it.

Now it’s absolutely fantastic from the field of medicine. In Samara they are experiencing AUTOPLAN system, which will become a navigator and navigator for the surgeon.

AUTOPLAN system prototype

First, after computed tomography, the radiologist builds an individual anatomical model of the patient's internal organs and tissues. Based on the obtained 3D model, the surgeon plans a future operation. Before the operation, the doctor puts on AR-glasses, and the imaging system projects a 3D model on the skin. The surgeon is left to do his job guided by AUTOPLAN prompts. Throughout the process, the navigation system monitors the position of the surgeon's instruments and their trajectory in accordance with a plan prepared in advance. Another plus is that the operation time is reduced by one and a half times, and the preparation takes no more than 15 minutes. And if earlier the operation was accompanied by observation using a mobile x-ray unit, now there is no need for additional radiation exposure for the doctor and patient.

This installation has already helped to conduct more than 500 operations. This year it was used even in the most complicated spinal surgery.

The entertainment potential turned out to be much higher than Pokémon GO. Pro stories in Instagram and Faceapp it makes no sense to even speak. All users this summer divided into two camps: some made masks and aged their faces, while others hated them for this.

FaceApp App on iPhone

But FaceApp could be a cool tool, for example, a hairdresser. Now to the question: “Will I get red?” You can show: “Look, Masha, you look like Ed Sheeran.”

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In April of this year, at the Coachella festival, Eminem first decided to put the bad habit of many viewers on standing with raised smartphones at the service of art. Recording a spectacular AR show instantly scattered across the Internet. In the future, it is used at all concerts of the rapper tour in the USA and Europe.

Undoubtedly, augmented reality is a very promising direction in production, entertainment and everyday life, and it will develop. Perhaps next year we will see the Apple Tag with all its charms.


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