Did Pokemon Go just marked a future dominated by Augmented and Virtual Reality carefully merged with the physical world? Even before the clever iPhone application development companies and Android app developers realized the implication of the current technical trends, few Sci-fi Hollywood and Bollywood flicks took us on a tour across a technology that goes way beyond any average human brain can fathom. Few examples can be cited here:
- Steven Spielberg’s famous creation, ‘Jurassic Park’, gave a minute reference to virtual reality while taking the guests on a virtual tour across the laboratory.
- Michael Bay’s ‘The Island’, was entirely based on a futuristic and portrayed a scene where the main characters indulge in a Mixed Reality hand-on-hand boxing game.
- The Island, IRobot and many more…
Irrespective of the fact that both technologies took headway together yet Virtual Reality failed to catch on with the Augmented Reality owing to its high cost of entry. But the latter flourished by making most of what the devices people use have to offer. The current situation, however, point out to a promising future for Augmented Reality in gaming applications. Pokemon Go is not really the only example of merging virtual world with the physical one. There are others in the market but why are they so popular among users?? What makes them strikingly apart from the usual gaming applications? Best mobile application development companies must have given that extra touch of uniqueness to make them stand out in the App stores. The only way to find out is to have a more comprehensive understanding of few such examples.
We begin with our very favorite:
- Pokemon Go bought the much adorable little monsters breathed with life right into the real world. The game interface made use of the device camera to overlay in-game graphics onto the screen and capturing them an element of the real world. To play the game, users need to just access a mobile phone with the inbuilt camera. In spite of its initial popularity, the game was subjected to endless controversies since it increased the risk of accidents as players got too much engrossed in playing the game even while crossing roads and or driving. This resulted in a steep drop-off in users after first six months.
- Super Mario Bros on Nintendo was yet another game designed on a similar concept of that of Pokemon Go, probably inspiring the mobile developer involved in the development process. But the developer took an extra step forward by projecting it onto New York’s Central Park allowing the players to jump on digital hurdles of varied shapes and sizes but featured on the real-world paths.
- Monster Battles at Hologrid is a game that is conceptualized on AR hybrid turn-based strategy, a collectible card game designed for a minimum team of two players or more. Cross-platform mobile application development frames the gaming application available for both iOS and Android users. It is accompanied by two foldable device stands, two card packs, and rules sheet in a complete package available either on the website or purchasable from Amazon. Also, the free AR app is available for download on Google Play and iTunes.
- Live Game Board was introduced way back in June and released in the month of October 2014. The physical board game works similar to any other normal board game but once it is viewed from an AR-enabled application through the mobile screen. The Live Game Board is easily purchasable from the website and is available for few lucky Android users. This is more than just a mat game and allows users to publish their own game in the LGB Store.
Glimpse into the future of AR
The future for Augmented Reality seems brighter than the Virtual One. More so these applications expand beyond the threshold of a mere component for designing gaming applications. Top-rated mobile app development companies such as Fluper continuously pool efforts to come up with innovative apps that imbibe Augmented and Virtual Reality components into the UI and UX of the application. There are other sides of Augmented Reality apart from Gaming component exemplified in:
- Augmented in 3D viewers applied by IKEA into their application to give an insight into how the different furniture on display will look like once introduced onto the buyer’s living space.
- Sun-seeker is an AR app that offers a flat compass and 3D view of the solar path, its hour intervals, its equinox, winter and summer solstice paths, sunrise and sunset times, twilight times, magic hours and also a Map view displaying solar direction for each daylight hour.
- AR Browser designed by ARLab allows users to input AR geolocation view to both the Android and or iOS application within minutes. It is fully customizable and the framework takes care of other complex functions of the augmented reality browser.
If you wish to throw light on your idea and render an AR like 3D component to the application, avail the service of a dedicated mobile app developer hired to give it a realistic touch. Get in touch with Fluper for further assistance.