AR demos show how iPhone can be transformed into a working tape measure

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AR Measure
Flashy? No. Useful? You bet!
Photo: AR Measure

Not convinced about how augmented reality has the opportunity to improve our apps? Then check out a couple of neat demos of Apple’s ARKit, the AR toolkit Apple showed off at WWDC to allow “fast and stable motion tracking” for augmented reality apps.

Between them, they depict how you’ll soon be able to use your iPhone as a tape measure by pointing your device at an object or scene, tapping two points on it, and then accurately measuring the distance between them.

Check them out below.

AR Measure is the work of Laan Labs, a group of designers and engineers based all around the world, specializing in audio and visual applications. The even more simply-titled Measuring Distances With ARKit, meanwhile, was shared on the YouTube channel Made With ARKit.

Sure, a tape measure app isn’t the flashiest use of augmented reality we’re likely to see — but these are definitely great examples of how a technology many of us still view as best fitting into gaming and entertainment can be used for real, practical purposes. After all, a flashlight or spirit level app isn’t flashy, either, and we find ourselves using those on a regular basis.

We’re guessing both would work very nicely alongside Ikea’s upcoming AR collaboration with Apple to let iPhone users test install furniture in their homes before they buy it! You can check out some of the other cool test AR apps developers are coming up with here.

You can also sign up at the below link if you want to be alerted of when AR Measure is available for iOS 11. We’re not sure when, or if, the other will move from demo to full-app app any time soon.

Source: AR Measure YouTube