iOS 11 arrived with a bang loaded with too many new and breakthrough features and tools. iOS 11 as of now is the most revolutionary iOS version offering almost a paradigm shift for the app developers of the platform. If you are an iOS developer you might have already known that the new OS is loaded with a complete toolkit for building apps based on augmented reality. Dubbed as ARKit, the new API and toolkit will allow developers unprecedented ease to develop sophisticated AR apps.
Already an array of most sophisticated augmented reality apps have been unleashed to the benefit of the users. As an iOS developer you may feel such apps inspiring for your next development project. At least, these apps can open your eyes about unleashing the power of augmented reality in mobile apps of various niches. Keeping this in mind, we are going to introduce top 5 apps built utilising the ARKit of the iOS 11.
If you just want to name one ARKit app that carries all the typical attributes of the new augmented reality tools of the iOS 11, it must be IKEA Place. Offering an engaging and entertaining user experience and allowing simple retail browsing experience IKEA Place is a revolutionary app that allows shopping and browsing thousands of IKEA products in a real life shop like environment right on your handheld device.
The environment looks so real and lifelike that you can actually stumble upon others within the retail store while browsing the products. Thanks to the power of augmented reality even the real sounds of a furniture store like the dropping sound of furniture can be heard as in real life store. The app presently offered as free in the App Store is one of the first retail apps to incorporate augmented reality with such perfection.
All of us have gone through the hardship of creating a floor plan for our house, shop or workplace. Though there are several professional software for this purpose and many real estate professionals find them effective, they have never aroused any interest in common people. In fact, common people mostly have no idea about creating floor plan with high end software. This is precisely where Magicplan features in with its easy to use, augmented reality based floor plan creating tool.
By using ARKit this app made creating floor plan simple and easy. All you need is to pick any of your room and photograph the room with your device camera from all corners. After taking photographs of the room from every corner, the app automatically offers dynamic solutions for your floor plan with several options. When doing the same for multiple rooms at one go, the app offers a pretty accurate plan for the whole floor of the apartment or house. Offered as a free app on the App Store the app is really effective for solving the complex problem of utilising your floor space.
Sky Guide AR
Since the Augmented reality became a new high tech possibility to extend the real life experience, educational apps have been considered as the most potential subscriber of this technology. After iOS 11 was launched with its highly promising ARKit, once again the massive possibility of utilising augmented reality for educating people about non-accessible environment became a reality. Sky Guide AR is a kind of app that allows people studying the constellations of stars and cosmic bodies in the space with a real life environment.
The app actually helps creating the constellations of stars right on your ceiling. Just by moving your iPhone or iPad around you can focus on various constellations, stars and planets right on the ceiling. You can figure out the cosmic figures in the sky more easily while looking at them on the ceiling.
TapMeasure AR Utility
A whole lot of apps for everyday utility like measuring have already been there and now thanks to augmented reality they are giving a more lifelike feel. TapMeasure is the latest in this league of utility tools that just works like a measuring tape allowing measurement of distance with a 3D effect. With this AR powered measurement tape one can measure with paintings and pictures in the walls just like the real life room environment. Offered as a free app in the App Store it is the only AR powered measurement tape app with a 3D effect.
Human Anatomy Atlas
Studying human anatomy involves the challenges when depicted on a two dimensional plane as the paper. Human Anatomy Atlas is the kind of app that can address this limitation by depicting the human body parts and internal organs with a 3D effect. Moreover, it allows moving around a body while figuring out the organs and body parts. Medical students and students of fine arts who need to study human body anatomy will undoubtedly find this app incredibly helpful. Priced at $0.99 on the App Store this is the first app of its kind to help studying anatomy with the help of augmented reality.
There are several sophisticated augmented reality apps already out there on the iOS platform and the above mentioned ones only offer a slice of the user experience taking shape with AR based mobile apps across the niches.