Augmented reality is one of the most exciting technologies around. AR apps for iOS have come a long way over the years. Whether you are looking for interactive games, educational apps, or rich travel guides, there is an app out there for you. Here are 40 augmented reality iOS apps well worth checking out:
SpyGlass: turns your iPhone into a spyglass. Shows you a compass, GPS info, and much more on the go. Very useful for outdoors.
Bowmaster: an AR archery game that lets you shoot at targets around you on your smartphone.
Transparent Earth: a nifty app that lets you see the other side of the world under your feet.
Anatomy 4D: uses AR to provide your students with a more interactive learning experience. They will be able to explore various organ systems and zoom in to learn more.
Iron Man HUD for iPhone: an AR application that uses your iPhone’s camera to create a HUD on your screen. It comes with Jarvis interaction, multiple modes, and ability to record video and take screen shots.
InkHunter: lets you try augmented reality tattoos before getting a real one.
1600: an interactive AR app that gets kids and adults familiar with what happens at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. You can explore from different angles by moving your phone.
Flow: powered by Amazon, this app shows you info about items all around you. Just point your camera at video games, packaged goods, and everything else to get started.
DanKam for iPhone: an augmented reality application for those who are suffering from color-blindness. It is an experimental application at this point, but it could have huge potential.
Theodolite: a cool little app that acts as your compass, GPS, map, and two-axis inclinometer. Great for hiking and active sports in general.
Quiver: a 3D coloring app with AR to bring your children a more interactive experience. Your artwork is brought to life on your smartphone.
Layar Reality Browser: a free application that displays digital information on the top of what you see through your camera. The app has a lot of potential, and a lot of you wrote to me to include it in this list. I still believe it has some issues that need to be resolved but it’s free.
GlorAR: a mobile platform that allows you to create virtual content channels for real world businesses. Video and audio content are supported.
Localscope: gives you a whole new way to explore your local area and what’s all around you. It takes advantage of data from multiple search engines and geo social networks to help you get more done in your local area.
Peaks USA: great application for those into climbing mountains. Shows you information on nearby peaks right on your phone.
Star Chart: gives you your very own virtual star chart on your iPhone. Just point your iPhone to the sky and this app will tell you what you are looking at.
Elements 4D: an interactive app that helps you learn more about elements and their names. You can combine elements to see how they react.
SnapShop Showroom: a wonderful AR application that makes buying furniture or redecorating a room or house much more convenient.
Roomle: a room planner that brings your ideas to life using augmented reality. A 3D catalog of over 1000 furniture and living accessories is available.
Augmented Car Finder: a fun car finder that takes advantage of augmented reality technology to show you where you have parked your car. It’s not perfect but one of the better ones on the market.
Pocket Universe: a great astronomy app for iPhone that lets you discover stars and planets in the sky without even needing a book. Just point your iPhone to the sky, and you are all set.
Wikitude: another cool augmented iPhone application that helps you explore your surroundings effectively on your phone. POIs are displayed on your screen, and you can find what you are looking for on your phone like never before. It’s free too.
London Tube: if you happen to live in London and are looking for an app to help you get around your city more effectively, London Tube comes in handy.
GeoTravel: a travel guide on steroids. Not only helps you get around more conveniently in a foreign city, it takes advantage of AR technology to help you get to your POI faster.
SunSeeker: SunSeeker is one cool iPhone app that shows you everything you need about the sun, its path in the sky, and other interesting information about the sun.
Dishpointer: it shows you how the satellites are lined up in the sky. No matter what’s in your way, this app will reveal all.
AR Basketball: turns your reality into a mini basketball court. All you need to play basketball is a piece of paper and your iPhone. This game’s augmented reality feature takes care of the rest.
AR Invaders: want to fight aliens in your backyard? That’s what this application offers. It has multiple levels of difficulty and can be played in 360 degree mode standing up.
FirePower: a very interested augmented reality game for iPhone that lets you shoot at cars on your phone. Great for stress relief.
Wind Seeker: a 3D augmented reality application that shows you wind and weather conditions in your area.
AR Soccer: as suggested by a few of our readers, this is soccer meets augmented reality. Gives you a virtual ball to play with at all times.
Asteroids AR: allows you to open a wormhole in your living room, test your reaction skills, and use upgrades to enhance your spaceship.
ARDefender: into playing games much? This game blends your game with your reality, making your experience with it more fun. Game play is pretty decent too.
Compass360: an augmented reality compass that displays geographic directions around you right on your iPhone (over your reality). It’s simply a compass on steroids.
SketchWiz: turns your camera into a sketcher. Changes the way you see your world and can be used to create some awesome artwork.
Augment: lets you share 3D models in AR with your customers. Allows them to try before they buy.
Dinosaurs Everywhere: brings dinosaurs back to life, allowing you to use your phone or a VR headset to see them all around you. 10 different dinosaur species are available.
Drone Blaster: a game that involves moving around to dodge enemy lasers and collecting floating items in your path.
AR Dino Defense: another app that brings dinosaurs to life, challenging you to defend against them.
Places Extreme: an AR app that helps you discover information about places around you. It supports Apple Watch. Simply point your device at places and touch them on the screen to see reviews, opening/closing hours, and other info.
So what’s your favorite augmented reality app for iPhone?
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