Augmented Reality and tourism are an ideal combination. Tourists want to learn things simply and quickly; AR is great at displaying data, maps and visual content. I have not yet tried the following apps, but from their descriptions and reviews, they seem to be great examples of the future of Augmented Reality and tourism.
Histars Available only for iPhones, this app enables user to see and learn about famous historical figures, in the locations where they lived.
Metro AR Pro Find the nearest train/metro/subway/chikatetsu station almost anywhere in the world. Metro AR Pro automatically detects which city you are in, as well as your location and provides a list of the closest stations. Shake your phone and the app will guide you by putting an overlay over the view in your camera.
Tel Aviv has a number of projects in which AR benefits DMOs (destination marketing organizations). https://destinationthink.com/tel-aviv-smart-tourism-initiative-collaboration-technology/
ViewRanger works with a mobile phone and allows users to instantly locate themselves, get directions and identify their surroundings. It can be used offline.
ViewRanger Skyline lets you explore the outdoors with augmented reality, using your phone or tablet's camera to label more than 9 million landscape features. It works offline anywhere in the world and is FREE to use.
Yelp features a "More" tab at the bottom of the screen. Click that , select "Monocle" and an AR viewer will appear. Point it around you and business names, reviews and more will appear. When you hold your phone flat, map view appears.
Pokemon type events could attract fans to certian places to "meet" anime characters. Hatsune Miku recently made a five day appearance at a cafe in northern Japan. Her event was connected with a phone launch.
Sound can also be effectively used in AR, though not many apps have emerged yet. One great example is VoiceMap. Combining GPS with stories recorded by locals or experts on a specific area, VoiceMap allows visitors to gain intimate and unique information about an area.
AR will undoubtedly result in new ways for spoken language and translation to be utilized.
The above uses are all for "outside", but even before travellers leave their home, AR may be influencing their travel plans. Booking and planning AR apps are rolling out. AR can provide information, education, translation and help with all kind of decision making, before during and after the travel experience.
Bubiko Foodtour is a character made for augmented reality and tourism. She will debut in the AR world in 2018. Part Charlie Chaplin, part Anthony Bourdain and part Hello Kitty, she will entertain and inform food lovers all over the world.
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