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7 Augmented Reality Apps Good for Informal Learning

Holidays are good for informal learning beyond the walls of classrooms. The following Augmented Reality (AR) applications could be both educational and entertaining in different environments. (we skipped those with rating not good enough)

Visilizer AR

augmented realityPrice : Free

Christmas is a time of joy, excitement and magic so we at Jerusalem.com have decided that that’s exactly what our Christmas gift to you should include. Turn your mobile camera into a reality changer with the Visilizer AR, It’s a free app powered by Jerusalem.com. The Visilizer AR allows you to use your mobile device and a $1 bill to change reality and see 3D objects that you can interact with. Each side of the $1 note augments reality. On one side the 3D Christmas memory game pops up and offers an exciting and fun way for the whole family to learn about the Christmas symbols such as the Candy Cane! On the other side of the note you can learn about Jerusalem and it’s religions with the Jerusalem 3D memory game.

Wikitude

Price: Free

Wikitude can provide insights into geographical locations, features, buildings, and more, which can clearly play a role in Geography, but may also be relevant in Social Sciences, History and more.  It is one of the most complete augmented reality browsers out there. This augmented reality browser has been voted as the “Best Augmented Reality browser” three years in a row: 2009, 2010 and 2011. So this thing definitely makes it clear that it is loved by people, and for a reason. You can get detailed information and web links when you point your smart phone at any recognizable entity, from a piece of art work to a city skyline to a famous person’s picture and so on.

Aurasma

Price: Free

Aurasma makes iPad and smartphone apps where you can create your own 3D overlays that will trigger based on an image. The updated Aurasma app, available for free for iOS and high-powered Android smart devices, features:

  • New user-interface making discovering and creating Auras easier
  • Now  you can “Like” “Share” and “Follow” your favorite content and share across the platform
  • A new 2.5D creative tool – blends existing 2D and 3D functionality to deliver amazing AR experiences

The Heritage Elementary School in Texas has used Aurasma to bring together technology, teaching and nature in a new and innovative way. The school has a teaching garden, with flora and fauna representing the ten different ecological zones of Texas. Students and teachers partnered with the Texas Master Naturalists Elm Fork Chapter to enhance their educational experience in the garden using the Aurasma augmented reality platform. Students with the app can unlock additional digital information at various points around the garden and learn more about the natural habitat of Texas.

NearestWiki

Price: $1.99

This is the app for you whether you are interested in brushing up on your general knowledge or are keen to learn about your surroundings in a fun interactive way. And it works in any country, anywhere in the world. Using this app you can know all the unknown about a certain location. It is a great app for travelers.

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Localscope

augmented realityPrice: $1.99

Localscope is a window to your world that lets you explore your surroundings like never before. Discover and find places, people and information around you using geo-tagged data from multiple local search engines, social networks, media sharing services and other apps. Named the best iPhone Navigation app in the App Store Rewind 2011, it works worldwide. Key features:

✔ Explore geo-tagged information, photos and videos around you aggregated from diverse services
✔ Lookup your recent and favorite search phrases or browse everything nearby in a tap!!!
✔ Browse your search results in an amazingly intuitive list or gallery view with realtime direction pointers and distance meters
✔ Lay the results out on the map or look through the state of the art augmented reality view to spot the results in the real world
✔ Flick through results from different services and experience them side-by-side using the intuitive source slider
✔ Get rich information about places including informative badges for ratings, checkins, likes and more
✔ Navigate and get directions to your results, call them directly or store them to your address book in a tap
✔ Add geo-tagged reminders for any location and choose to get push notifications on arrival or departure from the proximity of the location
✔ Share your findings with your friends using Messages, Email, Facebook, Twitter or Sina Weibo

Spyglass

Price: $3.99

Spyglass is a powerful toolkit essential for every outdoorsman. Augmented reality navigator and a compass for the off-road. Packed with many useful tools: a hi-tech viewfinder, milspec compass, gyrocompass, maps, GPS tracker, speedometer, sniper’s rangefinder, sextant, gyro horizon, inclinometer, angular calculator and 5x zoom camera. Tag, share, find and track your position, multiple locations, bearings, Sun, Moon and stars, all in real time. Get the most of live data out of your device’s sensors overlaid over a live camera image on a hi-tech heads-up display seen before only in sci-fi movies. Turn your device into an advanced milspec gadget with its usage of every sensor — GPS, digital compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, camera and more.

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Star Chart

Price: $2.99

You can now have a virtual star chart in your pocket. Look through the eyes of your iPhone or iPad to see a virtual window into the whole visible universe. All you have to do is point your AR enabled device at the sky and Star Chart will tell you exactly what you are looking at. Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D universe, and all of the latest high tech functionality, Star Chart calculates – in real time – the current location of every star, planet and moon visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are; even in broad daylight! It even lets you:

– Fly to and explore all the planets of the solar system, their moons and the sun all rendered in beautiful 3D with state of the art visual effects.
– Using the powerful Time Shift feature, simply tap the time button and smoothly shift up to 10,000 years forward or backward in time.

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