ARKit apps hit the app store after iOS 11 has launched, but app makers and Apple got a head-start, teasing its potential. Here are the coolest upcoming ARKit-based apps, as well as some really awesome demos we've seen of what ARKit can do.
Apple's promoted a new feature in development by American Airlines that turns its app into a living map at the airport. Overlaid real-time information will help travelers find their departing gate, as well as restaurants and restrooms.
One of our favorite AR apps yet, Chalk uses augmented reality technology to supercharge tech support for the 21st century. Chalk sets up a video call between two devices, where the person getting advice points their rear camera at whatever they need explained to them, and the other person draws on their own screen as they speak their suggestions. The person getting the help sees those doodles live, appearing on their screen, falling on the specific buttons, knobs and other parts of what they're looking at.
Requires an iPhone 6s or later, a 5th Gen iPad or later or a iPad Pro from 2015 or later.
What if you could bring Jurassic Park to you? Monster Park leverages ARKit to drop terrifying dinosaurs in the safest place: augmented reality. This way, it only looks like Monster Park's roster of ravaging dinosaurs, which includes the tyrannosaurus rex, pteranodons and triceratops, are causing a scene in your neighborhood. Not only can you capture photos and videos of these scenes, but surface support allows you to place them onto smaller areas, such as tables.
At its Sept. 12 event, Apple teased a new ARKit-based game called The Machines. It's a competitive multiplayer co-op strategy game that involves players (either in online networked play, or locally in the same room) shooting at each other and destroying bases. As one player rotated their device, the sound of the game adjusted based around real world obstacles that would obscure traveling sound.
Curious about trying your hand at creating AR experiences? The Thyngs app provides tools for everyday users to create AR objects and play around with them. While one example allowed users to turn themselves into chess pieces, another created a three-by-three grid of football game streams, aka Pigskin Paradise.
Requires an iPhone 5s or later running iOS 11.
This platform adventure game allows you to drop its world into your home, office, or anywhere else you go. As beautiful as Monument Valley, but less confusing, Arise looks to provide a calming and serene way to game.
Much more legal than carrying around a cadaver, InsightHeart allows you to drop a transparent human body with a thumping heart onto what you see in front of you. By moving your phone around the animation, walking closer and closer, you'll learn more about the incredibly vital organ.
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