Maps on iOS can get even better with augmented reality

Enthusiasts of augmented reality have been watching HoloLens for some time, and there are already some very interesting projects in this Microsoft contest. But Apple is also in the...

Enthusiasts of augmented reality have been watching HoloLens for some time, and there are already some very interesting projects in this Microsoft contest. But Apple is also in the race and can come out ahead, with ARKit made available to developers.

You may know a little about ARKit, augmented reality tools for developers presented by Apple along with iOS 11, and some videos show a little bit what content creators are preparing for a brief future. In addition to games for apps that can be very useful for sales, now we also have something that can improve Maps.

Although we are still far from seeing the launch of Apple’s AR resources to users around the world, there are already high expectations for ARKit. The technology will not require additional hardware, and there are a lot of developers creating and experimenting with new applications.

One of them was published by developer Andrew Hart, who shared two videos on Twitter featuring some of his work with ARKit and CoreLocation. The videos show pictures of how the navigation could be, with a walking experience on the map being guided with lines and arrows around it. It’s like Google Street View, but … well, actually augmented.

ARKit will not be available to user devices until Apple releases iOS 11, but of course developers are already rushing to get everything done. So when Apple gives the green light, applications will be available for download.

Until then, you can play around with this app that simulates augmented reality on iOS, putting funny 3D images on your photos and videos.

But while this is not yet available in the market, we can count on simpler and comical options. One of them is Holo, created by the company 8i.

It does not exactly contain holograms that can interact with the user or the environment, but can insert animated three-dimensional images about the scene you are shooting or shooting.

The images include real people and animals, and because they are three-dimensional, you can rotate them so that they are in the angle that you prefer. This is Holo’s main advantage over filter apps, which simply apply animated two-dimensional images.

It’s also really fun, if you like to make jokes with the camera. Among the options, you can put a Spider-Man doing something comical in your room, or a zombie in the middle of the street. Even some personalities like the fighter Anderson Silva are present.

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