Have you ever heard of Augmented Reality (AR)? Well it's a very cool, very real bit of magic that you can bring into any moment using just your SMART PHONE! It basically makes a 4-D image pop up out of nowhere due to, explained by Drew Minock "overlaying computer generated images, or other data, on a real-life environment."
My favorite app that we learned about was Zookazam! Which puts animals right in the palm of your hand, as you can see in the picture below. A great article about Zookazam explains the great features of this app, including how teachers can use it in the classroom as a creative and intellectual tool. My favorite idea from the article is having students create a habitat and placing the animal in it using the app.
Can't get over this app! @zookazam #gen2243 #zookazamapp pic.twitter.com/LCmpdAXw1s
— Cassandra Hage (@CJ_Hage) March 10, 2016Archaeologists are even using this technology to see and smell the past. With another AR app called Dead Mans Nose which emits odors as you pass certain locations. This can help Archaeologists not only visit sites, but LIVE them as well, serving as a window into the past.
Basically Google Cardboard is the coolest thing since sliced bread. It is an app that can transport you anywhere!
All you have to do is have the cardboard box that goes with it, insert your phone, and you're transported anywhere around the world! It reminds me of those cool picture changing toys we had as kids, but obviously more technologically advanced and more fun!
Here are some other awesome apps that my classmates taught me about this week!
Adobe Sketch is a fun app, especially for all you artists out there! One cool thing about it is that you can put in a picture, trace it, and then make the picture go transparent so that you only see the trace. Also, all of your drawings are backed up onto the cloud.
Where To Go? This app makes it easy to find any type of business or transportation while you are in an area that you aren't used to! You can look for food, gas, hotels, clothing, groceries, and more. The app also has a handy tip calculator to help you out when you go out to eat!
Color Therapy is a fun way to be creative with coloring templates!
Uber is an app that helps you find a ride. The drivers for Uber are all background checked and have their cars nice and clean, from my own experiences. It's not to expensive and is an easy way to get from point A to point B.