5 Interesting Applications of Augmented Reality Aside from Retail

For many, the correlation between augmented reality and retail go hand in hand. Customers can try on clothes and mix and match outfits. Everything just works. However, there are other innovative ways augmented reality and 3D models can change the way we operate on a day-to-day basis.

Here are 5 other types of applications for augmented reality

Entertainment

Anyone between the ages of 18-35 can tell you about Coachella. Even if they’ve never been, they have at least heard of it. Of all the crazy things that can happen at a music festival, none can be as memorable as the famous Tupac Shakur hologram.

Augmented reality opens new pathways for people to discover and experience entertainment. For example, using holograms and 3D models, consumers can enjoy live performances from artists that are no longer around. Not only that, 3D models and augmented reality can create stars out of quite literally nothing.

Take Hatsune Miku, a singer that is completely digital who’s sold out multiple shows all around the world. The entire show is very much like any other concert, only the performer is an anime hologram.

In today’s covid times, sheltering in place at home can be somewhat remediated with immersive VR/AR devices, where you can relax on a secluded beach or travel to far-away places only limited by your imagination.

Education

“The value of AR in EdTech is expected to exceed 5.3 billion by 2023”

Augmented reality offers something that most learning experiences leave out: the ability to bring the models and graphs in the books to life. As an education tool, AR and 3D models allow students to study and interact with objects like never before.

Future doctors and nurses can study 3D models of different organs and simulate how to treat injuries and illnesses. Workplaces can use 3D models to train their workers, creating situations where they can test out different approaches to work.

With so much funding going into education technology, AR has a chance to revolutionize the classroom.

Navigation

Recently, the Gatwick Airport in London received an award for innovation using AR beacons to help travelers navigate through the airport with ease. Through the app, the airport was able to offer a concierge service and personalized routes for flyers on the move between flights.

Combined with a chat bot, flyers were able to find restrooms, restaurants, and gates all at their fingertips. Additional innovations using AR include seat assignment finder, spatial location of your arriving flight, and the much-needed airport parking spot locators.

Interior Design

If you’ve ever bought new furniture, you know that despite the measurements being correct, some pieces of furniture just weren’t meant to be. With augmented reality, designers can show their clients and make adjustments in real time.

Using AR and 3D models, designers can swap color pallets, and change decorations while their clients watch. In fact, many home builders nationwide have already adopted AR technology in their floor plans and staging. With a trio of integrations that include AR, 3D models, and Artificial Intelligence (AI), you can generate in seconds many different design schemes of a space based on the client’s criteria. Imagine providing twenty different optimal furniture layouts for a living room based on budget, color palette, Feng Shui compliancy, and viewing in augmented reality.

Automotive support

For auto repair companies, augmented reality allows them to show customers exactly what needs fixing in their car. Many times, it may be hard to explain auto repair to a customer that knows nothing about it, but with 3D models, they can point out exactly what is wrong.

For automotive design, augmented reality allows designers to visually compare previous designs with new prototypes, compute aerodynamics, and create many different iterations before any expensive physical manufacturing is required.

In addition, 3D models act as a valuable training tool for training new technicians and mechanics. This provides trainees with an opportunity to get on the job experience without technically working on a real car.