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Need a new reality? Try Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

One of the best entertainment you can get with your tablet or smart phone is the wonder that is augmented reality. This provides fun, education, and wonder to our otherwise boring reality life.

What is augmented reality? Augmented reality is supplemental reality, or things added to reality via smart phone or computer, to add enhance perception. Unlike virtual reality, which changes the entire perception, augmented adds to the reality to that we already perceive. Things are added, not replaced.

Technology needed: You will need technology to ‘see’ the augmented reality, and this includes Virtual Reality headsets, or smart phones, or tablets. You will also need the apps/programs.

iPhone/iPad

Android

Programs/apps

Tomsguideaugreality

You may have heard the hype with Pokémon Go! which lets you physically go into the real world and hunt Pokémon via a smart phone.  At Tom’s Guide, you can see 17 of the best augmented reality apps.

What you’ll find is not only games, but helpful information in the real world, similar to Google Glasses. The apps imposes a HUD (Heads-up Display) via your camera, adding information, links, and interactivity to the world. You can read/view/interact with your environment from ads in magazines to park monuments, to reading in foreign languages.

I’ve used SkyView app (IOS) before, which is a virtual sky you can explore day or night. This explores the night sky even if its not night, and shows you in real time where the sun, moon, satellites, planets, and stars are located using the phone’s GPS. It’s great for stargazing, and I remember once being able to watch a solar eclipse that happened on the other side of the world via this app.

Try them out and add in comments your thoughts and experiences. Ask questions if you like, and let me know if you liked this post.

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Tech Link: Birdwatching just got easier

robin Birdwatching just got easier- well, easy if take photos of the birds you see. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Visipedia are collaborating to develop computer vision technology to identify birds in photos.

Here, I use a photo of a Robin (I knew what it was by easy identification) and tested it out. The site takes you through uploading an image, selecting the area where the bird is, and you then select the tip of the beak, the eye, and the tail end. Once done, it will search through the records and find the answer.

This was just through the site, but you can also download the app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. But fear not, the web based service also uses photos, so you don’t need a smart phone to use- just a photo.

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Smart Phone Camera Tip

10snapshots

A Smart Phone can be incredibly useful for people on the go. This web site lists 10 Snapshots You Should Keep on Your Phone, but you can use the camera for so much more.

I snap photos of things I want as gifts for myself or others, or even things I’d like to try my hand at making myself.

I take snapshots of prices to add to a price list at home, to see what the best deals are in my town.

I will take a photo of a recipe, in case I need to buy ingredients when I’m out shopping.

I also take photos of areas in my house I want to decorate, seasonally. That way, I can check on size and space for items, as well as color and lighting.

What kind of thing can you think of to use your camera? Post in comments.

A Phone Tip: If lost, call…

A problem with having any mobile phone is the chance of losing it. Here is a tip I use just in case my phone gets misplaced-

Change the wallpaper of your phone to show “If found, please call 555-555-5555.” This way, someone finds your phone, there’s a number to call- not the cell’s number of course, but a number in which to reach you or a family member/friend to get your phone to you.

How to change iPhone lock screen desktop wallpaper

How to change Samsung (Android) lock screen wallpaper

Change wallpaper for the LG840G phone

Or go to Google, and type in your specific make/model phone and add ‘change wallpaper’.

Some phones may not have this feature.

This obviously doesn’t work with phones that are stolen. I’ll post tips to help with that at a later date.

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