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DO MAGICAL THINGS WITH YOUR PHONE
At some point, we’ve probably all wished for a magical portal that could transport us to any place instantly. While scientists haven’t quite figured out teleportation, an app called Travel With AR lets you get the gist of what it would feel like.
Travel With AR is an augmented reality app that lets you enter a virtual portal to another location. When you fire up Travel With AR, it superimposes a door in front of you. You can peek inside it to take a look or simply “walk into it” through your phone.
Once you step in, Travel With AR replaces the world around you with the location you’ve selected. There are a bunch of cities you can choose from, including Rome, Maldives, and Paris.
Travel With AR runs on Google’s ARCore platform. Hence, to install it, your phone must have official support for Google ARCore. Because of this, the app is not available on iOS. But there is a similar alternative you can try called Portals. It has even more locations and relatively polished graphics.
WHAT WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR PHONE
AR Sensor is one of the most jaw-dropping apps here, as it takes a mundane topic and turns into a fun activity with augmented reality. The app allows you to visualize the spatial strength of several fields in real time, such as the Wi-Fi signal and magnetic data.
So for instance, if you point your phone’s camera at a router and keep walking in any direction, AR Sensor will show you how the signal’s strength fluctuates throughout the area. It does so by adding little 3D spheres whose colors show how strong the connection is. You can even watch a magnetic field in action when you direct your phone’s camera towards a set of magnets, like your laptop’s speakers.
AR Sensor accomplishes this by drawing data from your phone’s sensors and employing ARCore’s positional tracker to understand your 3D coordinates. The app is only available for Android. However, on an iOS app titled MeasureKit, you can measure the force of the magnetic field around your device.