With Star Walk, you point your phone at the sky to see what the stars look like in clear conditions. The app also gives you plenty of information about stars, planets, and constellations. It will even draw out constellation shapes to help you see why ancient stargazers gave them their names.
This is one of those apps for which you want a smartphone with a large and fast processor to enhance your experience. A powerful device like the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge will load the app’s information quickly, and its large HD display will give you a fantastic view.
Shouldn’t humans have universal translators by now? They’re all over the Star Trek movies, so you’d think some super-nerd would have built one.
It’s hard to describe how cool this app is. It’s pretty amazing when you hold your smartphone up to a sign (written in a language you don’t know) and you see that sign in English within seconds on your phone. It’s even more amazing when the app translates one spoken language to another.
Give it a few years. Google will add Klingon eventually.
The Augment app was made for marketers who want to see what two-dimensional designs will look like in the real world. Let’s say that you are designing a new package for a dishwashing detergent. You want to make sure the product will look attractive on the shelf, so you use Augment to convert your printed design to a three-dimensional one and place it on a shelf as it appears on your phone in real time.
The app’s ability to render images in 3D makes it much better than just Photoshopping the design into a picture of the shelf.
Marketers aren’t the only people who can use this futuristic app. If you want to know what a certain couch would look like in your living room, snap some real or printed couch pictures, then render them into your phone’s image of your living room. You can do this with practically anything, including clothes, decorations, and even buildings.
Sorry, but nothing is going to make your car fly. At least not in a safe, legal way. Also, don’t expect anyone to release a Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor anytime soon. It just isn’t going to happen.
You can still make your driving experience feel more futuristic by using the iOnRoad app. This app uses your smartphone’s camera, GPS, and sensors to keep you safer on the road. Mounted in your car, it can tell you how far away other cars are, warn you of possible collisions, and tell you how fast cars are moving.
When it comes to augmented reality apps, this is probably one of the most useful ones. Plus, the graphics are cool.
Real science might not have kept up with science-fiction, but smartphones can still do pretty interesting things. When you feel that movies like Back to the Future lied to you, pull out one of these apps and feel thankful for how far technology has come.