Now that iOS 11 is a month old, what AR apps are you actually using?

almost 5 years ago from , Director of Product & Design @ Homebase.ai

I downloaded and played with dozens of augmented reality apps when the ARKit hype train hit, but I've since deleted every single of them off of my phone.

The novelty of AR was fun for a few minutes, but has anyone found a practical AR app they frequently use (and come back to)?


  • James LaneJames Lane, almost 5 years ago

    Personally, I don't think AR or VR can ever be the next big thing. Ok, I admit, there are some good uses i.e. medical, testing scenarios, military etc. where it wouldn't mean a life is put at risk. But for the average joe, I get the feeling it's going to be another 3D TV/Glasses example.

    Obviously, this is just my opinion, but I don't think a user wants to wear anything to be able to see something different (look what happened with google glass), I simply don't think we are there with technology yet to make something along the lines of life-like holograms.

    I know I'm not answering your question, just thought it had some relevance to what I wanted to say ;)

    4 points
    • Greg O, almost 5 years ago

      So much that! It's cool as demos, maybe some games. It's cool because it's new (otherwise Apple/Google/Facebook wouldn't have much new to show on the stores...). But no real use today, not a single "real-use" project or app seen so far.

      2 points
    • Joe Roberto, almost 5 years ago

      I think the industry this will prevail in, will be education. Imagine walking around the pyramids in class, instead of looking at them in a text book. Sure as hell willing to bet, I woulda done better in school if we had interactive studies like that.

      2 points
      • James LaneJames Lane, almost 5 years ago

        Gotta agree with the comment, it will work well for kids who aren't maybe the best at reading or find it easier to understand images and video rather than text (something which I think a lot of people find).

        1 point
  • Adria JimenezAdria Jimenez, almost 5 years ago

    None so far, all the ones I've tried are fun for 2-5 minutes and then I uninstall them

    2 points
  • Spencer JSpencer J, almost 5 years ago

    My 9 year-old cousin loved playing ZG: Revenant when I saw him at a wedding last weekend.

    2 points
  • Oleg SerediucOleg Serediuc, almost 5 years ago

    Played for a minute with IKEA app and deleted it afterwards.

    I think AR is useless unless it comes built in a pair of glasses or better contact lenses. AR through phone camera is like watching "LSD trip" video on youtube - you kinda get the point, but the experience is not the same.

    1 point
  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 5 years ago

    So far the implementation I have actually used is the occasional AR media in Quartz which is quite cool. For example they were discussing the Rosetta Stone and you could place it virtually in your environment and walk around it and get up close in quite some detail. Same with the Tesla Model 3 you could enlarge it to real size and walk INSIDE the car to look at all the detailing and controls.

    One I think I probably will use are the various measuring AR tools if I ever can't find my tape measure or move to a new room/apartment/whatever.

    0 points