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Try on a tattoo or map out the stars: Four exciting augmented reality experiences
Tue, 1st Aug 2017
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Ever since the Pokemon GO craze died down, mobile AR experiences have fallen off the map a bit.

It is a shame really, because there are a host of epic AR apps available for free right now that make life more convenient and exciting.

Whether you want to map out the sky or try on a tattoo before getting it there is an AR app to meet your desire.

Here are our four picks for epic augmented reality apps:

Augmented Car Finder

Augmented Car Finder allows you to find your car wherever you parked it.

Once you load the application, in the augmented reality view you can see the direction it is located, the street address close to where you parked and the date and time you parked.

Users can select between two levels of accuracy, normal and high.

This app is excellent for remembering where you parked in crowded spaces like shopping malls and airports.

This app could very well mean the end of wandering around a parking-lot like a headless chicken.

Users can also mark their favourite parking spots, so finding them is easy.



The app allows you to try on virtual tattoos with AR before it's inked forever.

The app projects any tattoo design, on any part of your body, to let you see how it will look.

Users can try on their own tattoo design or choose one from the gallery.

The app claims it's super easy to make it look real using the advanced photo editor.

Inkhunter is great for anyone thinking about getting a first tattoo or a new addition, as it allows you to see exactly what it would look like before it becomes permanent.

This helps take away any concerns about how the final product will look.

Sky Map

Sky Map is a hand-held planetarium for your Android device.

Users can use it to identify stars, planets, nebulae and more.

Originally developed as Google Sky Map, it has now been donated and open sourced.

This little app allows users to become expert stargazers and helps users understand exactly what they are looking at.

This is a fun little AR experience for anyone who is interested in the great unknown of space.

Ghost Snap AR

Are you ready to experience the next level of Horror on your mobile phone through augmented reality?

Ghost Snap AR Horror Survival is the ultimate AR camera app that allows you to become the protagonist in a horror movie.

Players use the camera to move around which makes it seem like you are moving in a horror scene.

With this app, your home turns into a horror show and you are right in the middle of it.

For the full experience, users are encouraged to plug in their headphones.