Walmart App Adds AR Product Scanning

· Andrew Orr · News

The Walmart app received a new function recently: Customers can use the AR scanning tool for product comparisons.

The Sims FreePlay Adds AR Features to iOS

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The Sims FreePlay has an awesome update out today that adds AR features. It’s part of the Brilliant Backyards update, which includes seasonal content for decoration as well as a couple of live events.

  • Brilliant Backyards Live Event – Starting now through October 25, players can show off their green thumb and customize lush gardens with new plants, planter boxes, birdhouses, water features, and even unlock the ultimate prize – a Brilliant Backyard House.

  • Fashion Designer Stockings Hobby Event – From October 24 through November 3, players can step up their Sims’ style with a variety of colorful and patterned stocking styles.

  • Day Spa Live Event – From November 4 through November 18, Sims are treated to some R&R at the spa.

  • Halloween Ghost Flustered Seasonal Quest – From October 23 through October 31, fans can unlock quirky colored body paints and sleepwear, and enjoy spookier activities where Sims summon and scare away cheeky ghosts.

You can see the AR features shown off in the YouTube video down below.

 

4 Outdoor AR Apps to Get Your Nature On

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Whether you’re fishing, hiking, or stargazing, there’s sure to be an app you’ll like in this roundup.

How to Use iOS 12's Measure App

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

iOS 12 is out, and there’s a new app that gets installed with it—Measure. This’ll let you use augmented reality to get measurements on pretty much anything you can point your camera at, and we think it’s awesome!

Plugo is an AR STEM Gaming System for Kids

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Plugo is an immersive AR STEM gaming system for kids, and right now it’s a Kickstarter project. Plugo comes with four gaming kits: Quest, Count, Link, and Steer. Designed for kids between the ages of 5 and 11 years, each kit comes with many exciting educational games that are conceptualized to make your child learn, play and have fun—all at the same time. The gamepad is compatible with multiple iOS and Android (Samsung) tablets and smartphones, iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and more. No wires, no electronics or additional hardware; the gaming system requires minimum effort to set-up and play. The project has met its goal of US$25,000. Rewards start at US$35 and the estimated delivery is March 2019.

Plugo is an AR STEM Gaming System for Kids

Twitter Absurdity, iPhone Pencils, Cyborg Vision - ACM 475

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Twitter killed some key APIs third party apps used to make their apps useful because Twitter hates influencers and power users. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet drop a few f-bombs. They also talk about the latest rumor that Apple will bring support for Apple Pencil to some new iPhone models. The cap the show by dipping into our cyborg future of enhanced vision.

Awesome ARKit is a Big List of ARKit Projects and Resources

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Over on GitHub there is a curated list of ARKit projects and resources called Awesome ARKit. ARKit is Apple’s technology to enable augmented reality experiences for Apple devices. In this list you’ll find apps, tutorials, projects, and resources. Some of the tutorials include using ARKit with Metal, importing 3D models for ARKit, building an ARKit application with Unity, and a bunch more. Cool projects include ARSolarPlay, Boxify, ARPaint, cARd, pARtfolio, Measure, Ruler, and more. It’s a great list and I recommend you check it out, especially the list of ARKit apps.

Awesome ARKit is a Big List of ARKit Projects and Resources

Check Out This AR Business Card Concept

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

iOS developer Oscar Falmer tweeted a video of an AR business card concept. It shows someone holding up a business card of Oscar, and content like a website link, twitter link, buttons for contact, and a timeline of recent work appears in mid-air around the business card. There is so much potential in augmented reality, and companies like Apple are just getting started. iOS 12 will bring even more AR goodness with ARKit 2.0.

Check Out This AR Business Card Concept

The Future Was Posted to Twitter Last Friday

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Harley Turan ARKit 2 Demo

Check out this amazing demo video from developer Harley Turan. He posted it to Twitter on Friday, just a few days after Apple’s WWDC keynote. In it, he attached live data to a real-world object using ARKit 2 and iOS 12, and then moves them around. It’s like an ordinary commercial using thousands of dollars in post-production software, only it’s life. Put another way, it’s the future, posted to Twitter a few days ago. When people doubt the real-world value of augmented reality, this is the sort of thing I think about. Not games, as great I expect Harry Potter: Wizards Unite to be, but rather information attached to real world locations and objects. Especially once we get past this stone-age era of holding our iPhones in front of our faces to get our augmented reality. Oh, and remember that this was after just a couple of days with hands-on iOS 12 and ARKit 2.

WWDC 2018 ARKit 2, the End of 32-bit Mac Apps - TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-07

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet at Apple’s 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference to talk about ARKit 2 and what Apple is doing in the augmented reality space, plus they look at the coming end of 32-bit app support in macOS.

Siri Shortcuts and Huge AR Baby Steps - ACM 465

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Siri Shortcuts were the thing Apple announced at WWDC that caught both Bryan Chaffin’s and Jeff Gamet’s imagination. They also talk about how cool ARKit 2 is, and how we are still in early, early days for AR. As awesome as AR on iOS is, Apple is still taking huge baby steps.