02 Aug Our top 5 ‘AR’ apps for keeping you fit
Augmented Reality (AR) is taking the world of fitness by storm. Most AR fitness solutions are currently delivered through innovative mobile applications. These applications superimpose digital, interactive, visual content into the real world promoting exercise through highly gamified experiences.
Here are our TOP 5 AR apps for keeping you fit…
Fitness AR is an app which tracks your workout route and displays it as an interactive, 3D holographic image, when aimed at a flat surface. This app augments your workout experience by allowing you to clearly visualise and explore created routes to give you a better insight into your workout. Unfortunately this app is currently limited as it’s only available on IOS devices.
INGRESS is a mobile game driven by location based, augmented reality interactions. Arguably the first successful augmented reality game INGRESS boasts over 8 million downloads! Initially launched in 2012, this tactical game involves two sides battling it out to capture real world locations known as “Portals”. These portals are often statues or landmarks. So if you like walking, teamwork and urban exploring this game could be the one for you.
AR Runner is a free “Sports Game” which has been described as a bleep test but in augmented reality. There are three different game modes over four different distances between 2×2 to 16×16 metres. The game modes include “Normal, 30 Second Crush and Enemies” and are all fast paced running games that involve back and forth sprinting, which is a great way to increase stamina, build muscle, burn fat and improve your overall fitness. The competitive and entertaining aspects of the game modes push you to improve your fitness by beating your own personal records.
ZOMBIES, RUN! is an amazing, free, fitness app that pushes you to run by putting you within a Zombie apocalyptic world. The app acts as an audiobook with you as the main character attempting to save the world. The story is contains a series of extremely immersive challenges. These challenges include retrieving a key survival items such as medical equipment within an allotted time. This popular app is a great way to make running more entertaining. Its immersive storyline makes sure that you get the most out of your workout.
PokemonGo gets the number one spot on this list because of the sheer magnitude of it’s popularity. PokemonGo was a global phenomenon in 2016 and by far the most popular AR app on this list, if not ever, with a total of 800 million downloads to date! If you have been living under a rock for 2 year you might not know that PokemonGo is an augmented reality game which involves exploring the real world to find and capture virtual creatures called “Pokemon”. These pokemon can then be used to battle with the overall objective to be to “caught them all”. The game is extremely addictive as players are always on the hunt to find new, more powerful and rarer Pokemon, which means more exploring and more walking.
One study reported that in 2016 alone “Pokémon GO players have logged so many miles walking that they would’ve been able to reach further than Pluto. As of December 7, 2016, players had walked a collective 8.7 billion kilometers (slightly more than 4.5 billion miles) while playing the game. That’s enough to circle the Earth 200,000 times.