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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

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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.

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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Video: 9 New iPhone Tricks That’ll Change Your Life

Smartphones provide some fun and useful functions in our lives such as GPS/maps, music, camera/video, and more. Here are some helpful tips for the iPhone;

Smart Phone Camera Tip

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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.

The USB Hub- an under rated tool

017When I mention a USB hub to my clients, I often get blank stares, or an expression of intrigue. “What a USB hub?” I’m asked.

A USB hug is that little do-hicky you see in the photo, connected to my tablet- it includes four USB ports so I can plug in things like printers, keyboards, computer mice, cameras, my iPhone charger, and any other USB plug.

USB stands for Universal Serial Bus which is the industry standard for many computer peripherals. You find them on printers, cameras, phone chargers, flash drives and tons of other technology stuff.

The hub enables you to plug in MORE USB stuff on a single USB port. For instance, my tablet has only one port. This would make it otherwise impossible to have a wireless keyboard and mouse plugged in at the same time. This hub, like magic, lets me plug in up to four devices.

Hubs come in many shapes and sizes, but more importantly, they also include even more ports. You can find 4, 8, and even 10 port hubs. You can also ‘daisy chain’ hubs, so you can add up to 127 devices on a single port. Your only drawback would be powering that many devices. But still….that’s impressive, right?

They are also cheap. Mine cost around $5 at an office store. Even the 10 port hub you see in the graphic costs around $24. (click image to buy if interested).

USB plugs look like flat, rectangle shaped plugs. The other end looks different depending on its function such as iPhone cords or printers look very different.

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The port looks similar to where you’d stick in the memory card of a camera, but fits the cord. It also bears the USB symbol (seen on the plug above photo). My laptop has two ports here;

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If you want to learn more, or need help with your computer, you can contact me via my web site, learnthepc.net