Ever thought about taking a tour of the White House? If you never had the chance of exploring one of the US’s oldest monuments, you can now do just that using a nifty augmented reality based application called 1600 AR app.
The application was created by the White House Historical Association to serve as a pocket guide for history buffs. As for the application, it doesn’t really let you stroll through the White House and it’s not even interactive. However, it does have tremendous potential.
So, how does the 1600 AR app work? First thing you’ll need is an AR compatible smartphone. Any hand-held device from the Galaxy series will do or any iPhone 7 Plus. Go ahead and download the application from Google Play’s Store or from Apple’s iStore.
After installing the application, look for a one dollar bill in your wallet. Do bear in mind that what we’re about to tell you works only with a one dollar bill. The application does not recognize other denominations.
Straighten out the one dollar bill. Make sure it’s smooth, or the app won’t work. After straightening the bill, put it on a flat surface like a table.
Fire up the application, and point your camera’s phone on the one dollar bill. Using its AR engine, the application will reproduce the White House on top of your one dollar. And that’s not all. You can adjust the angle, zoom in or zoom in, and even pan the image.
Although the application is limited in terms of interactivity, it’s not entirely dull. Apart from being able to manipulate the image, you can also see the presidential helicopter taking off and landing, and crowds of people strolling through the garden.
All in all, we can say that the application is quite fun to use. In addition, it’s free to use, and the developers are thinking of addicting more features to the application.
At the moment, you can only see the outside of the White House and watch the little funny people go about their businesses, but the developers promised more features in the near future.
It would also seem that Niantic’s decision of using AR technique to enhance Pokemon Go’s gameplay inspired quite a lot of game and app makers. Who knows? Maybe in the not so distant future, all smartphone apps will operate on AR interfaces.
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