Augmented Reality Apps

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In my vision there are certain apps that use augmented reality to display important information for the user. The user starts the app and the camera of the smartphone gives a view of an object or the user’s surroundings. Those apps enable the display of information or images into the view that is recorded by the camera.

The following examples show in which areas those apps could be used:


If the user points his smartphone at the package of a certain drug, the package insert or other relevant information, such as recommendations (e.g. take your drugs with a glass of water,…), could be displayed and support the user.

– tutorial for the usage of medical devices:

If the user points the smartphone at the medical device that he is about to use, a kind of tutorial could be displayed. This tutorial could explain certain parts of the device and furthermore instruct you into the usage of the device.


It could also be possible to display possible dangers or threats to the user. For instance, a user would like to identify possible threads in the bathroom. If he points the smartphone at his bath tub or the shower tub, a warning notice (e.g. “Be careful! Slippery when wet!”) could be displayed.

There are many other areas in which such apps could be used in the future. In my opinion those apps could help us to support people with information and necessary recommendations in many different fields of application.


5 Responses to “Augmented Reality Apps”

  2. I really like the idea of augmented reality and i have used one app just recently.
    My first impression was like WOW! this is the most advanced technology i have ever seen.
    Playing videos just by scanning a picture in a newspaper or website is what i have
    tried out via the app (Layar for Android). Really impressive – try it.

    I like your ideas of using appropriate technology in healthcare. Hope this will take roots
    and lead healthcare systems to a new and better future.

  3. I think that augmented reality is a really good idea and its usage will be far more widespread in the future. Where in the past, augmented reality applications were seriously hindered by hardware limitations, the processing power and battery life of modern mobile devices has increased tremendously.
    However, I do not think that smart phones will be the hardware of choice for augmented reality applications, unless someone invents holographic screens in the near future. Viewing the world trough a camera lens and a tiny display simply does not add up to a very good user experience for this kind of application.
    Augmented reality applications need a HUD-like display, and this is where devices like Google Glass or Oculus Rift come into play. Once devices like that are commonplace, I’m sure we will see a lot of interesting applications based on them.
    Perhaps the most natural application one can think of is a navigation app, where some kind arrow seamlessly integrates with the background and leads the user to his or her desired location. Another possible use could be some kind of magnifying glass, which automatically detects small texts, for example the label of a drug package, and presents in a form that is easier to read for the user. In my opinion, the possibilities are nearly unlimited.

  4. I am also very impressed by this sort of technology and I also already made some experiences with various apps on my mobile phone. When you consider that AR is still a fairly new form of data- preparation and –visualisation, the possibilities are already very versatile and in some cases even breathe taking. However I must agree with my previous speaker. I also think, that mobiles are not the right devices to gain the necessary amount of user experience to use this technology in a useful and efficient way. While reading this vision my first thought was also about devices like google glass.
    Now, in connection to medical and health belongings, for me arises the question who is responsible for the correctness and validity of the presented data? Wether the information about drugs or advices a surgeon gets displayed on his “hud” during a surgery. And more important – who is responsible for occurring errors resulting from bad data?

  5. This will soon be a bigger topic. As the two pre poster already mentioned, Google Glasses (or soon electronic glasses from any other company) will become a big playground for any application developer. Reasons for this are that they are not so expensive and mainly, because they are extremly convenient and user friendly.

    It may be difficult to use a smartphone for sick or old people, but glasses with a inuative voice control will appeal a wide range of people.

    I’m sure that soon (in a year or two) the first applications for google glasses in the medical sector will start to be a good seller.


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