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How Businesses Immerse In Microsoft Augmented Reality Technology

How Businesses Immerse In Microsoft Augmented Reality Technology

December 20, 2021

Augmented reality has become the buzz among tech giants. Facebook is focusing on more immersive experiences and developing its metaverse. Tech writers have been waiting patiently—or not so patiently—for new Apple consumer-driven augmented reality glasses. Google offers many augmented reality experiences including Floom and other augmented reality ‘experiments.’ But what about Microsoft? Has Microsoft gone quiet in the immersive world? The reality is that Microsoft has never stopped augmenting. In fact, Microsoft’s HoloLens has been wired into enterprise usage for years. Interested in immersing into the augmented world? Here’s how Microsoft augmented reality has changed business thanks to HoloLens. WHAT IS HOLOLENS? Microsoft’s HoloLens is a ‘mixed reality headset.’ Businesses can use HoloLens to support development and design of products or even to train employees. HoloLens can launch virtual reality experiences or augmented reality experiences. The usage may depend on the needs and requirements of the business. But the seemingly hybrid technology of the glasses (or headset) is why Microsoft refers to it as ‘mixed reality. Many bill HoloLens as augmented reality, but its uses for business are a bit virtual in design. That is, meetings can be held via HoloLens, with individuals appearing at tables or elsewhere during the virtual sessions. The holographic or digital images appear in the real environment, which is the definition of augmented reality. For many users, this experience can appear as though it is virtual in design. The term ‘virtual,’ though, is often interpreted differently by tech professionals and consumers. As for consumers, they cannot purchase a HoloLens just for their own use, for gaming or even just for fun. For now HoloLens is only used by businesses. However, a Wall Street Journal interview revealed that a consumer HoloLens will be a reality in the future…although perhaps not in the near future.   Microsoft’s competitors, though, also are eyeing a consumer-driven pair of augmented reality glasses; while Facebook launched the Facebook x Ray Ban Stories glasses, they don’t include any augmented reality tech. HOLOLENS MESHES AUGMENTED AND VIRTUAL REALITY While the HoloLens experiences might seem to mesh augmented and virtual reality for those who jump into the experience, Microsoft also has launched its Mesh platform that is a unique hybrid of these two technologies. Tom Warren with The Verge interviewed Microsoft’s Alex Kipman while wearing a HoloLens 2 and utilizing the Mesh platform. Warren wrote that the experience “…felt like a Microsoft Teams meeting set in the future.” Warren joined Kipman in a virtual conference where Kipman appeared—albeit virtually as an avatar—at Warren’s coffee table. The experience included Kipman sharing different virtual objects with the writer, who could then make changes to the objects. Mesh allows unique collaboration and conferences or meetings that are virtual, yet face-to-face, too. Coworkers or colleagues appear in space, even when they might be across the globe. MERCEDES BENZ AND EMPLOYEE TRAINING Mercedes Benz has utilized HoloLens for aiding technicians in making repairs via its Virtual Remote Support. The tech wears HoloLens glasses, which shows a remote team or expert what the technician sees. Repair guidance–like images and other instructions–can be digitally overlaid on top of the real mechanics of the vehicle. In this way, the technician has virtual—or augmented—assistance to guide the repair process. And as the technician is linked to a remote expert, they also can communicate.   CNET reported that Mercedes Benz was equipping all dealerships with the technology. FORD AND CAR DESIGN While clay models in car design might never disappear completely, augmented reality might be a new high-tech aid for designers to simplify the design process. Ford embraced the use of HoloLens during the pandemic to allow designers to make some changes to car designs virtually. During the pandemic, Ford executives also used virtual reality to collaborate when many team members worked from home. Microsoft Augmented Reality [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/HoloLens-in-Manufacturing.jpg] HOLOLENS IN MANUFACTURING HoloLens also is utilized in the manufacturing sector. Delta ModTech discussed the three main ways it used HoloLens: Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs), employee training and equipment servicing. HoloLens provided a remote entryway for clients to participate in FATs even when they weren’t at the factory. The glasses also aided employee training in that HoloLens provided a unique way for the factory to host live step-by-step instructions. And HoloLens also aided service issues by superimposing data and instructions on machines. Microsoft Augmented Reality [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/HoloLens-and-NASA.jpg] HOLOLENS AND NASA Augmented reality can be out of this world! NASA scientists used HoloLens to explore Mars…virtually. Data from Insight was used to project Mars terrain digitally atop a lab. In addition Lockheed Martin engineers also used HoloLens to design spacecraft. The glasses showed instructions and included voice guidance, too. AUGMENTED REALITY FOR CONSUMERS? While consumers cannot purchase a HoloLens for entertainment or other use, could a consumer-driven HoloLens be in the future for Microsoft? The tech industry has a huge interest in developing augmented reality glasses for the consumer market. The augmented reality ball might be in anybody’s court right now. Tech writers have been awaiting Apple augmented reality glasses for quite some time. With Facebook morphing into Meta, though, the focus on a metaverse and augmented reality could see the ball bounce in favor of team Meta. While consumers are still waiting for glasses that will let them peer into an augmented reality universe, there are many experiences available for consumers that are free…and augmented! GOOGLE Those with Android devices can experience a range of offerings from Google, including Floom. This cool augmented reality experience lets users create a tunnel (or portal) anywhere in their environment and see on the other side of Earth. Floom can be adjusted to dig at different angles, and this allows users to see all different places around the world…from the same original location. Who knows what will show up on the other side! But users can have fun exploring different augmented reality adventures. Google also lets users post experiments. The latest drop is from Oio and is called Bouncing Bands. This augmented reality experience transforms spaces into music. The experiment experiences are accessible via Android devices. APPLE Apple might be working on augmented reality tech for the future, but until an announcement is made, tech experts can only theorize what that product would or could be. In the meantime, though, owners of Apple devices can enjoy free augmented reality experiences via the App Store. Those new to augmented reality can enjoy playing around with the graphic immersive technology with games like Pokemon GO; using the camera on a phone or tablet, users can hunt and catch Pokemon anywhere. They could even be hiding in the home! There are many different augmented reality apps to explore via the App Store. Download enrichment apps that allow users to immerse in science and explore their environment. For example, the app Seek (which is available via Google Play, too) can capture the image of flora and fauna in the user’s environment and instantly identify it. Is that Poison Ivy? View the plant in the camera and find out! The game Stack AR lets users play a tower building game on any surface in their environment. Interested in getting a tattoo but afraid of committing? INKHUNTER is an augmented reality app that lets users preview ink anywhere on their body! Is that dragon a good idea? Test it out before letting the needle make it permanent. AUGMENTED REALITY TRY-ON EXPERIENCES AROUND THE WEB Businesses and stores offer augmented reality experiences via apps or just online. Stores can offer try-on experiences that let customers preview products before purchasing them. For example, IKEA and other stores let users drop furniture into a room to see how it fits and how it looks. Before the launch of augmented reality technology, buying cosmetics was really a best guess and cross your fingers scenario. Would the shade look the same on the lips as it did on the screen? Buyers would have to wait to find out…and sometimes it would lead to frustration and returns. Augmented reality experiences are featured on different product sites and stores that let consumers swipe on products virtually. The camera acts as a mirror, and users can select a certain product and color to swipe on eyes, lips, and cheeks. Some experiences even let consumers preview hair colors! Even shopping for a new car can now be simplified with augmented reality tools. RelayCars offers consumers different options for researching and previewing different vehicle models. Vehicles can be previewed on screen via 3D imagery; these images can be rotated so that shoppers can see the vehicle from all angles. RelayCars also gives consumers the option to utilize augmented reality for a more immersive experience. With the power of augmented reality, RelayCars lets users drop any vehicle model into their environment. They can walk around the car and see it up close. Users can even see how that car might look parked in their garage or in the driveway. If Apple, Facebook or Microsoft launches consumer-driven augmented reality glasses, these immersive experiences might become the normal way of shopping and exploring new products. While new augmented reality glasses could be expensive when they debut, they also could eventually become mainstream…like the smartphone.But before consumers can view the world in rose-tinted augmented reality glasses, they need to debut. And the race is still on to see which tech giant will unveil them first!

10 Best Virtual Reality Games

10 Best Virtual Reality Games

December 17, 2021

Nothing enhances a game quite like virtual reality. This technology blocks out the user’s real world and transports them to a computer-generated, simulated environment. Virtual reality technology creates a fully immersive experience, so the user can even interact with their surroundings in the simulated environment. In the past, virtual reality games weren’t widely available to consumers, but that’s no longer the case. Today, consumers can easily access a wide range of virtual reality games using their smartphones, tablets, computers, or virtual reality headsets. But with so many to choose from, it can be hard to determine where to start. Which games should you try? Here are the 10 best virtual reality games: BEAT SABER Beat Saber is a virtual reality music/rhythm game playable on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Oculus Quest, and Playstation VR.  Some people describe Beat Saber as a mix between Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero. Once the game starts, use your handheld controllers to move your virtual lightsabers to the beat of the music playing in the background. Your goal is to use your lightsabers to destroy the colored blocks that come at you from all different directions. The speed at which the blocks come toward you varies depending on the tempo of the music.  You will also need to move your body to steer clear of bombs and overcome obstacles that come your way.  Beat Saber is an entertaining game, but it’s also a great way to workout. There’s no doubt that you will work up a sweat and get your heart pumping by the end of the first song. Best Virtual Reality Games [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Astro-Bot-Rescue-Mission.jpg] ASTRO BOT: RESCUE MISSION If you own a Playstation VR gaming system, you may want to check out Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, which is one of the most popular games available on this platform. The game asks you to team up with Captain Astro, a robot, on a mission to rescue his crew. The challenge? His lost crew is scattered across different worlds inside this virtual environment, so you will need to travel far and wide to find everyone.  Your goal is to rescue all 213 robots as quickly as possible. To meet this goal, you will need to solve puzzles, defeat enemies, collect coins, and make it through all 20 levels in this virtual fantasy world. Captain Astro will lead the way, but you will need to stay by his side in order to complete this mission and beat the game. RICK AND MORTY: VIRTUAL RICK-ALITY You don’t have to be a fan of the animated series Rick and Morty to enjoy this virtual reality game, which is compatible with Playstation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.  You are in control of a character named Morty, who is a clone of Morty Smith that was created to help Rick and Morty with everyday tasks. You will be given a list of chores that you need to complete in this simulated environment. For example, you may be asked to do the laundry or order a new computer for Rick. Whatever the task, it’s your job to complete it in order to stay alive in the game.  The tasks are mundane, but the game is anything but. Some reviewers have even said that playing the game is like living in an entertaining episode of Rick and Morty.  Best Virtual Reality Games [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Cloudlands-VR-Mini-Golf.jpg] CLOUDLANDS VR MINI GOLF You can play a round of mini golf without ever leaving home thanks to Cloudlands VR Mini Golf, a game which is playable on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Google Daydream.  This is a great game for people who are new to virtual reality since it’s so easy to play. All you need to do is use your handheld controllers to aim, swing your golf club, and hit the ball. It’s just like playing mini golf in real life, except you don’t need to walk to get to the next hole.  You can choose to play on your own or compete against online or local players. There’s even a course editor feature that allows you to build your own challenging golf course. Once it’s complete, invite other players to try it out to see who can get the highest score on your custom course.  JOB SIMULATOR Job Simulator transports you to a simulated world in which robots, not humans, perform the vast majority of jobs. Once you enter this world, the game gives you a chance to see how you would perform in many of the roles now occupied by robots.  For example, step into the shoes of a short-order cook to see if you can successfully fulfill all incoming orders from customers. The more you complete, the more challenging the orders become. The more complicated orders may require you to use unique tools or new ingredients. You can switch jobs at any time in the game, so feel free to experience as many different jobs as you would like before calling it quits. Even though the game requires you to perform various jobs, it won’t feel like work.  KEEP TALKING AND NOBODY EXPLODES Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is the perfect party game for people with access to an Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive, or Playstation VR system.  It’s a multiplayer game, but only one person needs to wear the virtual reality headset. This person will be responsible for carefully defusing the bomb in the simulated environment. The remaining players must help the first player figure out how to safely defuse the bomb by reading from the game’s instruction manual. These instructions can be pulled up on a phone or tablet or even printed out so they can be passed around. The challenge is clearly communicating to one another to ensure the first player doesn’t cut the wrong wire or push the wrong button. If they do, the bomb could explode, which ends the game. Best Virtual Reality Games [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Star-Trek-Bridge-Crew.jpg] STAR TREK: BRIDGE CREW Star Trek: Bridge Crew, which is playable on Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Playstation VR, requires four players. Players will be assigned the role of Captain, Helm Officer, Tactical, or Engineer. Each role has unique responsibilities. For example, the Engineer is responsible for making repairs, whereas the Helm Officer is responsible for controlling the speed of the ship. Once the roles have been assigned, you and your three friends must work together to safely pilot a spaceship from the popular Star Trek series. You will need to communicate with the other players at all times to coordinate your actions and respond to threats.  Don’t have three friends who want to play? You can play Star Trek: Bridge Crew in single player mode. However, it is more fun in a group. TETRIS EFFECT If you’re a fan of the classic game Tetris, you may want to try the virtual reality version, Tetris Effect, which is playable on Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Playstation VR. Tetris Effect allows you to play tetris in a virtual environment. There are unique visuals and soundtracks for every level of the game, which makes it much more interesting than classic tetris.  For example, one level takes place underwater. This level features a calm, soothing soundtrack that simulates what you would hear if you actually were underwater. Sparkly whales and other sea creatures also float around you, so you will feel as if you are actually underwater. The rules of tetris are simple and straightforward, so this is a great game to try if you are new to virtual reality. THE INVISIBLE HOURS If you love murder mysteries, you may want to play The Invisible Hours, a virtual reality game that is compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Playstation VR.  The goal of this game is to determine who killed Nikola Tesla, a famous scientist and inventor, in his mansion. There are seven suspects who were present at the time of the murder. To determine who did it, the game lets you travel backward and forward in time to observe each of the suspects before and after the murder. You can choose what time you want to travel to and which events you want to observe. This gives you an opportunity to observe everything leading up to the murder and immediately after the murder. Use your observations to piece together what happened and figure out who is responsible for murdering the victim. Best Virtual Reality Games [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/RelayCars.jpg] RELAYCARS Are you thinking about buying a new car? If so, you may want to step into the RelayCars virtual reality showroom. Inside the showroom, you can explore thousands of cars from a wide range of automotive manufacturers. You can walk around the exterior of each car, sit in the driver’s seat, and see what the vehicle would look like in different colors. You can even pull up general information about each vehicle, which makes it easier to compare your options. In other words, you can explore and learn more about vehicles just like you would if you were actually in a dealer’s showroom. The best part? You don’t need an expensive virtual reality headset to experience RelayCars. All you need is a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

How Do Schools Use Augmented Reality in Education?

How Do Schools Use Augmented Reality in Education?

December 15, 2021

Generations of students once remember using chalk and a blackboard to write out math problems and learn their alphabet. Those dusty boards then led to dry erase boards…which eventually morphed into smartboards. Computers, too, were once a rare classroom feature. Today’s students often have their own laptop. Technology dominates the classroom, and lessons are becoming more immersive thanks to augmented reality and virtual reality platforms. How do schools use augmented reality in education? The real question should be how DON’T schools use this technology! Augmented reality and virtual reality are used to enhance science lessons, to help students discover the universe and even to teach doctors about human anatomy. Education is augmented, and technology is creating immersive experiences that enable students to explore and discover subjects like never before. AUTOMOTIVE EDUCATION Students learning to repair vehicles and other aspects of car mechanics are learning immersively thanks to the power of augmented reality. In an interview with ABC Action News, one student explained that augmented reality allowed a safer learning environment as students navigated repairs of hybrid and electric vehicles. With augmented reality, the student explained, the steps were detailed and allowed full understanding of how to do the repairs…safely. Augmented reality also is used by professional technicians. For example, Porsche technicians use “Tech Live Look,” which uses augmented reality glasses that feature lights to illuminate shaded areas and the glasses can even magnify tiny details. Glasses also are used by the techs to communicate to a tech team that can provide help during difficult repairs. The glasses show what the tech is seeing and show the image to the virtual team. Mercedes-Benz also has implemented augmented reality to help technicians during repairs. Mercedes-Benz uses Microsoft HoloLens 2 headsets to communicate with a remote team, too. The headset also shows holograms and other instructions to help ease the repair process. Augmented Reality in Education [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Medical-Education.jpg] MEDICAL EDUCATION New York University’s Langone Health integrates augmented reality into the medical curriculum. The school offers a “Living Anatomy” course, which utilizes augmented reality to sub in for the dissection of cadavers. Instead, students learn with “photorealistic scanned cadavers and specimens.” In addition, augmented reality lets students receive immersive instruction related to more difficult anatomy. And the school explains that faculty will create their own augmented reality models as well as augmented reality (or virtual reality) exercises. Augmented reality also could theoretically be used to explore surgical education, too. As exercises and lessons are virtual and immersive, students could make mistakes without consequence. Augmented reality or virtual reality could let students safely explore procedures in a harmless environment via simulated experiences that are conducive to the medical school experience. ELEMENTARY EDUCATION AUGMENTED REALITY Younger generations—including Generation Z—have lived their entire lives with social media and, of course, the internet and computers. Navigating new technology is simply part of their lives and their social world. Today’s elementary students often have their own laptop or notebook computer that links them to lessons and assignments. Schools also may utilize different programs that complement subject material. For example, reading programs may be used to help early readers gain fluency and confidence. Augmented reality programs might be integrated into the curriculum, too. In fact, sites like Edutopia offer a list of programs that educators can use in their classrooms. Recommendations include: COSPACES EDU This program enables students to create their own augmented reality experience. QUIVER MASKS Students create masks via augmented reality. These masks let students immerse in a story as a character or even an animal. NARRATOR AR This augmented reality program focuses on handwriting development. Letters come alive! WONDERSCOPE Compatible with iOS, Wonderscope immerses children into stories by bringing the action and characters into the real environment. Parents can download this at home, too! Augmented Reality in Education [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Virtual-Reality-in-Education.jpg] VIRTUAL REALITY IN EDUCATION Augmented reality might be the most accessible technology, as these experiences can be downloaded via phones. However, schools also are utilizing virtual reality to immerse students deeper into learning. While augmented reality overlays graphics on top of the real environment, virtual reality takes the learning into another realm. Accessing virtual reality requires a headset, and this allows the user to enter the experience or lesson. EdTech reports that virtual or augmented reality can allow students to improve their focus, and this is especially beneficial for children with ADHD who may become easily distracted. EdTech also interviewed a special education teacher who used virtual reality to deploy field trips for her students. With virtual reality headsets, her students were able to explore a greenhouse! For some school districts, the price of headsets for virtual reality could pose an issue. However, these headsets allow students to access so many different experiences. Teachers could get extremely creative in using complementary virtual reality experiences with the subject lessons. For example, studying ancient Egypt could include a virtual tour of the Pyramids of Giza through virtual reality! Augmented Reality in Education [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/augmented-or-virtual-reality-in-the-classroom.jpg] AUGMENTED REALITY IN EDUCATION…AT HOME! Parents whose children don’t utilize augmented or virtual reality in the classroom don’t have to be dismayed! Augmented reality experiences are plentiful for both Apple and Android devices. The App Store and Google Play offer a variety of ways to explore the world via augmented reality. However, parents might wish to use augmented reality to complement their child’s lessons or subjects at school. As EdTech noted, children who have trouble focusing could benefit from augmented reality experiences for learning. While there are too many apps to fully list, there are a few apps that are ideal for introducing children to augmented reality experiences. Parents don’t have to invest money for most of these apps; many are free, but a few may have a small price for download. Also, if children or teens have a virtual reality headset like Oculus, they can explore many different experiences via Steam. Parents can do a search for educational virtual reality experiences. And they may even find virtual tour experiences, too! Here are a list of 10 educational apps that are perfect for all ages; parents might have fun exploring, too! JIGSPACE This app is compatible with iOS. With JigSpace, students can create augmented reality experiences and presentations. This is a great way for students to learn how to create and explore with technology. Play around with different ideas, and encourage children to have fun! The app is recommended for children ages four and up…so even kindergarteners might have fun with it! CATCHY WORDS AR With this game, children actually spell words in augmented reality! This is a fun way for children to practice both their spelling skills and their reading skills, too! Players have to catch the letters in their environment! AUGMENTED HISTORY Don’t just learn about history…see it in the room. Or outside. Or anywhere. Augmented History shows castles and fortresses…and more! History appears before the user’s eyes! ANIMAL SAFARI AR For younger children, augmented reality can be used to teach about animals from around the world. Drop different animals into the environment and read all about them. LESSONS IN HERSTORY This app focuses on famous women in history and uses augmented reality to help children learn all about them. But there’s a fun catch, too. To access the stories, students use their phone or device camera to capture a famous man’s photo in their school’s history book to learn about a woman with similar accomplishments! GEOGEBRA AUGMENTED REALITY Drop 3D images in the environment. These math images can be explored from any and every angle to help students understand concepts beyond the book.   AUGMENTEDCLASS This app is available for Android devices and enables students to create their own augmented reality experiences. No programming or coding experience is necessary, which makes this app perfect for students who want to learn more about designing their own augmented reality. CIVILISATIONS AR This app from the BBC brings ancient objects and art into an immersive augmented reality experience. Explore Renaissance artwork and a mummy from ancient Egypt. SEEK Encourage children and teens to explore the world around them with Seek. Developed by iNaturalist, this app lets users scan an image of a plant, animal or an insect from their environment to learn more about their own backyard…or any surroundings. In a few seconds, the app will identify the exact species and provide more details. This is a great app to use on vacation to explore the native flora and fauna of any region. SKYVIEW LITE Students can view the night sky anywhere in their home. Or just point the camera at the sky using the app to learn more about the constellations and heavenly bodies in the sky. The app will even identify planets! When using SkyView at night, users can select night mode for better viewing. As augmented reality progresses in its development, more schools and classrooms may utilize this technology as a complementary learning tool for specific lessons and subject matters. For example, medical schools might opt to use augmented reality in place of cadaver dissection or as a means to help early medical students gain experience with specific anatomical features in the body. Elementary schools can use augmented reality to enhance the learning experience and to help students zero in on a lesson to minimize distractions. While virtual reality requires a headset to experience lessons, games and simulations, augmented reality is much more accessible. Parents can download augmented reality apps for their children to encourage them to immerse in science, math and history topics. These apps are often free and many are recommended for all ages. In the future, augmented reality could become yet another tool that educators use to encourage exploration and help immerse children in the lesson and curricula. With augmented reality and even virtual reality, students can visit faraway countries, see dinosaurs appear before their eyes and even view constellations from the sky…all without even leaving the classroom!

Does Google Make Augmented Reality Glasses?

Does Google Make Augmented Reality Glasses?

December 13, 2021

Most people think of Google as just a search engine, and it’s not hard to see why. Its search engine is undoubtedly its most popular and successful product. In fact, Google handles more than 90% of searches performed around the world. However, the search engine is just one of many products created by Google. Google offers a wide range of services, including advertising platforms, publishing tools, maps, analytics, market research, email, and messaging apps. The company also creates products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. But does Google make augmented reality glasses? Here’s everything you need to know: WHAT ARE AUGMENTED REALITY GLASSES? The term “augmented reality glasses” refers to eyewear supported by augmented reality technology. The functionality of augmented reality glasses can vary from model-to-model. But in general, this technology allows the wearer to superimpose elements from the digital world such as images or audio onto their real world environment. These digital elements are projected onto the lenses of the glasses so they are easily visible to the wearer. For example, a pair of augmented reality glasses may help you figure out where to go by projecting turn-by-turn directions onto your lenses. Digital elements such as arrows and street signs may appear on your lenses to guide you to your final destination.  Even though the information is projected onto the lenses, it is only visible to the wearer. This means no one will know what you are looking at when wearing a pair of augmented reality glasses. Augmented Reality Glasses [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/History-of-Google-Glass.jpg] A BRIEF HISTORY OF GOOGLE GLASS Google Glass is a brand of smart glasses, or augmented reality glasses, produced by Google. Even though Google Glass was initially released less than a decade ago, the brand has a long and complicated history.  PRE-LAUNCH PROMOTION In 2012, Google released a short video called “Project Glass: One Day,” which showed how the Google Glass could enhance a normal day in the life of a consumer in New York City. The video shows how the wearer is able to use his glasses to check the weather, look at his calendar, listen to music, and perform other tasks. Later that year, Google revealed the first prototype of the smart glasses at the Google I/O event. Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, got on stage and interrupted Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president, in order to treat the audience to a live demo of the glasses. Google also partnered with Diane Von Furstenberg, a fashion designer, to generate more buzz around the upcoming release of the Google Glass. The company released video footage filmed with the Glass prototype that took viewers behind the scenes of a Diane Von Furstenberg fashion show. These are just several examples of the publicity stunts that were planned in an effort to get consumers excited about the launch of the Google Glass.  THE LAUNCH OF GOOGLE GLASS In 2013, Google released its first pair of smart glasses, the Google Glass. The glasses looked like standard glasses, however the lenses were replaced with an augmented reality heads-up display.  Google invited consumers to use a branded hashtag on Twitter to enter for a chance to purchase a pair of the first edition smart glasses. The company ended up choosing 8,000 Twitter users. All of the users who were chosen had to pay $1,500 to acquire a pair of the glasses. The users who were willing to pay this price could acquire the glasses before they were available to the public in May 2014. GOOGLE GLASS BACKLASH Some consumers loved the Google Glass when it was released, but the glasses received a great deal of backlash from the general public. Because the Google Glass was designed with a head-mounted video camera, many people worried that Google Glass wearers would be able to film them without their consent.  These privacy concerns continued to grow as more people began wearing the Google Glass in public places. Eventually, some restaurants, bars, and other businesses began to ban their customers from wearing the smart glasses. The public even coined the term “glasshole” to describe consumers who wore the smart glasses in a way that was deemed socially unacceptable. Furthermore, prominent tech reporters complained that the Google Glass performed poorly and had a terrible battery life. In 2015, Google announced that they would no longer sell Google Glass as a result of the backlash, performance issues, and privacy concerns.  THE REDESIGN OF GOOGLE GLASS Shortly after announcing the end of Google Glass, Google revealed that it was in the process of redesigning its smart glasses. Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive, was responsible for overseeing the redesign. In an interview, he revealed that his team would not release the redesigned Google Glass until they felt the product was absolutely perfect. Google Glass Enterprise Edition [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Google-Glass-Enterprise-Edition.jpg] THE GOOGLE GLASS ENTERPRISE EDITION The Google Glass Enterprise Edition, which was the second edition of the product, was announced in 2017. Unlike the first edition, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition would not be available to consumers. Instead, the product was only sold to businesses such as Boeing, DHL, and GE.  The Google Glass Enterprise Edition was primarily used by factory workers. For example, workers on the assembly line could use the glasses to quickly access instructions or other information without stepping away from their work. This way, they could find the information they needed to perform their job duties without stepping off the assembly line or asking someone for help. The Google Glass Enterprise Edition featured a number of upgrades, including a longer battery life, faster processor, and a light that turned on whenever the video camera was recording.  Overall, this product was considered a success among its limited customer base. THE GOOGLE GLASS ENTERPRISE EDITION 2 In 2019, Google announced the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2. Just like the first edition, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 was designed for and sold solely to businesses. It featured minor design upgrades in addition to a better camera and faster processor. According to Google, these smart glasses have helped businesses reduce production times, improve quality, and lower operating costs. CAN CONSUMERS EXPECT GOOGLE AUGMENTED REALITY GLASSES IN THE FUTURE? Even though the latest editions of the Google Glass have been successful with businesses, Google has not announced plans to make them available to consumers. However, some industry insiders believe that Google is already in the process of developing a new pair of augmented reality glasses for consumers. Google recently announced that they are actively looking to hire someone to create an augmented reality operating system for an unspecified augmented reality device. This indicates that the company is planning on building a new augmented reality device from the ground up, which has led many people to conclude that this device will be sold to consumers. Furthermore, Google recently acquired North, a Canadian smart glasses manufacturer. North has already successfully launched a pair of augmented reality glasses, the North Focals. The company also planned on releasing Focals 2.0, but these plans were halted after the acquisition. Neither Google nor North has revealed what the companies will be working on together. This has led many industry insiders to predict that Google is secretly working on a new and improved pair of augmented reality glasses for consumers. But even if these predictions come true, there’s no telling when the augmented reality glasses will be available. Facebook’s Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Glasses [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Facebooks-Virtual-Reality-and-Augmented-Reality-Glasses.jpg] WHAT ABOUT FACEBOOK’S VIRTUAL REALITY AND AUGMENTED REALITY GLASSES? Google isn’t the only player in the mixed reality wearables market. Many other companies, including Facebook, have invested heavily in developing virtual reality and augmented reality wearables for consumers.  After acquiring Oculus, Facebook successfully launched a line of virtual reality headsets for consumers. The Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, and Oculus Quest were met with mixed reviews from consumers and tech reporters. Facebook has never released sales numbers for the Oculus product line, but has said that all Oculus products have been successful. For years, it has also been rumored that Facebook is secretly working on a pair of augmented reality glasses. Facebook is also in the middle of developing a high-end virtual reality and augmented reality headset for consumers. Few details have been released to the public about this headset, which the company has nicknamed “Project Cambria.”  However, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did reveal that the product will be completely new and will feature face and eye tracking. The headset will also be designed with cameras that can capture and send high-resolution videos to the lenses. Many industry insiders believe that the headset will look and perform similar to the mixed reality headset that Apple is currently developing. Even though Facebook has confirmed that this headset is in development, the company has not announced when it will be available for sale or how much it will cost. But Zuckerberg did state that he expects the product to be priced at the “high end of the price spectrum.” One thing is certain: the competition in the augmented reality wearables market is heating up. Now that Facebook, Google, and Apple are all developing augmented reality devices, there’s no question that consumers will have the option of purchasing one of these innovative wearables in the near future.

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Augmented Reality Marketing Immerses Consumers into the Buying Experience

Augmented Reality Marketing Immerses Consumers into the Buying Experience

December 10, 2021

Augmented reality is becoming a big move for businesses who want to reach younger  consumers. An article in Advertising Week reported on the use of this technology to reach Generation Z. The youngest generation is quickly usurping the millennials to take the throne as the most coveted marketing demographics for businesses. And the portal through which businesses aim to reach Zoomers–as they are so affectionately known—is via the smartphone. Most specifically, through the camera on the smartphone.  It’s that tiny lens on the back of a smartphone that powers augmented reality marketing experiences. And it’s these experiences that may be the key to reaching the heart—and the buying power–of this generation. McKinsey detailed the characteristics of the typical Zoomer. Those in Generation Z tend to be open-minded, but they are also committed to causes. They listen to other points of view. They want to instill change. And they are very individualistic. More importantly, though, this generation has always known technology and likely social media, too. The smartphone is part of their social world. And they are proficient in engaging via digital elements. While older generations were once reached via television commercials and radio, Generation Z’s media of choice might just be their handheld device. Baby Boomers had their hippies and, later, yuppies; they lived the Summer of Love. Generation X had their slackers and valley girls…and, yes, their MTV. Generation Z has influencers via TikTok, YouTube and Instagram. Augmented reality marketing experiences allow this generation to immerse in products and also better understand the brands they are researching. Businesses and brands can use augmented reality to allow users to preview products, to explore all the available options and to even better understand the story behind the company or brand. Augmented reality allows the real world to co-mingle with the digital universe. By overlaying graphic data on top of the real environment, businesses can create a way for customers to try on items or even see products in their home…or garage. Experiences also can include games that tie into a business. Or just seek to entertain. These immersive experiences also allow the user to explore and dig deeper into a story. Augmented reality marketing is multi-dimensional and can provide numerous possibilities to keep the consumer engaged. How do companies and brands use augmented reality? And what have been the most successful augmented reality campaigns? Check out these experiences and explore the world of augmented reality and the deeper stories brands can tell with this platform. Augmented Reality Marketing [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Food-Drinks.jpg] FOOD & DRINKS Restaurants and beverage manufacturers have leveraged augmented reality to create games and other experiences for consumers. Pac-Man, polar bears and even The Walking Dead have come to life in the real environment thanks to this technology! PIZZA HUT What do pizza and a video game have in common? At one time, teens might have been able to buy a slice of pizza in the mall food court and then head over to the arcade to play some games—including the iconic Pac-Man. Pizza Hut took the old arcade experience into an augmented reality realm, though, with a marketing campaign that turned a standard cardboard pizza box into a game of pellet-munching Pac-Man. Users could play the classic arcade game with the help of their smartphone. Augmented reality lets players gobble down ghosts while they also munch on their pizza! COCA-COLA During the holiday season, many consumers know that the cute and cuddly Coca-Cola polar bears begin to make an appearance. These bears have been a part of the brand’s advertising for decades. But back in 2019, Coca-Cola’s cans brought the bears to life via augmented reality. Using a smartphone, consumers just scanned the can to enter the cool world of the Coca-Cola characters. And two scanned cans created a special musical experience featuring the bears! NESTLE While Nestle might be synonymous with the Quik chocolate drink, the brand has a host of other products. In conjunction with the animated film Rio, Nestle transformed cereal packaging including Cookie Crisp, Honey Stars and Nesquick into augmented reality video game experiences.   This promotion was actually an early augmented reality foray; it launched in 2011 and was a bit more complicated than simply using the smartphone. REESE’S PUFFS More augmented reality fun with cereal boxes! Reese’s Puffs’ experience was fairly recent and launched this year; Marketing Dive ran a story about the experience in August. According to the story, the actual cereal puffs could be placed on the back of the box to create an immersive musical augmented reality experience. BURGER KING What’s hotter than flame-broiled Whoppers? Apparently a rival restaurant’s ad is burning via augmented reality! In a creative use of the AR technology, Burger King allowed users to destroy rival restaurant ads in flames…augmented reality flames, of course! The experience was available in Brazil and let users capture ads with their camera to…burn them! MOUNTAIN DEW The citrus soda brand from Pepsi let users bring the Walking Dead characters into their world via augmented reality. Packaging World noted that the experience was in correlation with the milestone 100th episode of the series and was accessed via an app called The Walking Dead Encounter. WINERIES AND WINE BRANDS Augmented reality wine labels have taken augmented reality to an intoxicating new level. Major brands like 19 Crimes, Embrazen, Mutua and others utilize the Living Wine Labels app to create unique experiences that allow their customers to immerse in the brand’s story. For example, those who enjoy wines by 19 Crimes can explore those who were persecuted for these crimes…and even experience the warden, too. The Embrazen label highlights bold women and their achievements. And Dr. Henry Lindeman gives tips for how to be a Gentleman (the brand’s Gentleman’s Collection). The app Winerytale is used by hundreds of brands to augment their label. And experiences may differ based on the brand. Other wineries and brands have launched their own augmented reality app. Consumers looking for these experiences may want to check their bottle! Augmented Reality Marketing [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Augmenting-Retail.jpg] AUGMENTING RETAIL Retail stores also use augmented reality to heighten user engagement and experiences. These unique immersive features are popping up for automobiles, eyeglasses, cosmetics, paint, furniture and more. Many retail augmented reality experiences are designed for consumers to preview products in their home and environment…or even on their face. But some brands have created fully immersive products that also include augmented reality! GEM JOY For Gem Joy, augmented reality is part of the ownership experience. This jewelry brand doesn’t use augmented reality for try-on experiences. Instead, each piece of jewelry features its own augmented reality experience. The gems from Gem Joy are interactive in different ways; for example, the site notes that the gems can be a pong paddle, a beautiful remote control or even a landing strip for an augmented reality butterfly! WANNA KICKS Looking for new shoes? Wanna Kicks is an augmented reality try-on app that is just for shoes! The app showcases upcoming new releases, and the selection could revolve regularly. The new kicks appear right on the user’s feet! GUCCI The luxury design house teamed up with Snapchat to provide consumers with a try-on experience for its sneakers. Users could see how luxury looked on their feet. And there was a ‘shop now’ feature, too! LOUIS VUITTON The brand’s Objets Nomades furnishings and design objects line received an augmented reality preview experience. Using their smartphones, users could preview products in their home to envision how the luxury offerings could upgrade their interior features. POTTERY BARN Shopping for home furnishings can lead to guesswork for consumers. Will the chair look good in the den? Does that color clash with other hues in the room? Pottery Barn’s augmented reality experience lets users preview furniture and other products in their home. BENJAMIN MOORE The paint brand is one of several that offers an augmented reality experience to preview paint hues on any wall in the home. Virtually swipe on colors using a smartphone and stop wondering if that color will be a hit or miss! L’OREAL The beauty brand launched Style My Hair, which is an augmented reality app that lets users preview hair colors. Thinking of dying hair bright red? Try it first! WARBY PARKER Warby Parker’s augmented reality experience has been highlighted by many different media outlets. The experience lets users preview different eyeglass frame designs to find the best option that perfectly flatters their face shape!   RELAYCARS Buying a new car is easy when shoppers can visualize that vehicle in their own space, including the garage or driveway. The RelayCars app lets shoppers view cars in 3D for up-close looks at the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Images can be rotated on the screen, and users also can opt for a more immersive augmented reality preview mode. This lets users drop any vehicle from RelayCars’ extensive image library into the real world environment! Augmented reality marketing experiences have been around for many years, but as Generation Z is becoming the target demographic for advertisers, this tech-centric immersive experience may become even more popular…and pervasive. When shopping online, do a quick search to see if a favorite brand or store offers an augmented reality experience for previewing products. Not only are these try-on options fun, but they also can take the guesswork out of a purchase and may save consumers the time and hassle of returning a purchase that just wasn’t quite right.

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How Augmented Reality in Construction Helps Architects, Engineers and Builders

How Augmented Reality in Construction Helps Architects, Engineers and Builders

December 8, 2021

Augmented reality is being utilized by many industries for try-on experiences aimed at consumers, simulations in education and in manufacturing to aid technicians in their repairs and to learn processes. The benefit of augmented reality is that this technology can allow industries to preview ideas or updates to existing structures. The graphic depictions of augmented reality can bring ideas to life and even can help industries understand the feasibility of a concept. For this reason, augmented reality also has been adopted for use in the construction industry. Here’s how augmented reality in construction helps architects, engineers and builders bring an idea to life from the ground up. Augmented Reality in Construction [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Augmenting-the-Building-Site.jpg] AUGMENTING THE BUILDING SITE Augmented reality has become an important tool for the construction industry. While virtual reality transports users into another realm to preview an idea or design, augmented reality might only require the use of glasses or even just a tablet or phone. Augmented reality is easy to use, and its convenience can make it an ideal choice for a number of industries including the construction industry. Augmented reality works by using a phone or tablet to capture the real environment; graphic depictions are then shown in this environment. For the construction industry, augmented reality can allow for new designs to be projected into a space. The technology also could project a full image of a project design onto a bare lot. These graphic depictions can help architects, engineers, builders and maybe even homebuyers see a project before its even completed or before it has even begun. In the past, computers were used to show models of architectural drawings and renderings, but now augmented reality can show a more accurate and realistic depiction right on the property. Augmented Reality in Construction [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Augmented-Reality-in-Architecture.jpg] AUGMENTED REALITY IN ARCHITECTURE The architect is charged with drawing the design of a home, building, structure or renovation. Architects will not only create renderings of the final design, but they also will draw and design the building plans for the project. Architects have a number of augmented reality apps and programs that they might use to bring their ideas to life and to help a client better understand the final outcome. Morpholio Sketchwalk AR transforms sketches into an augmented reality depiction. The client and architect can actually tour the graphic augmented reality depiction of the design by using a tablet or phone. ArchDaily also includes augmented reality measuring apps among its list of augmented reality resources for architects. These apps mean that architects don’t have to carry around a measuring tape; instead an app will project digital markings that help to accurately measure any space. The app ARki lets architects transform 3D models into augmented reality. This allows architects to drop a project model onto any space—including the empty lot where it might be located. This can help clients and the architect better understand the design. AUGMENTED REALITY IN ENGINEERING Flatworld Solutions explains that engineers also can use augmented reality to view projects. However, they also might use this technology to include multi-step instructions in a manufacturing plant to aid technicians. Engineers also could superimpose augmented reality data over current structures to better understand changes. Augmented reality also could be used to better understand the progress of a particular project. Engineering is a vast field that extends beyond construction and building. However, in the building or construction industry, engineers could use augmented reality similarly to architects. Augmented Reality in Construction [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Augmented-Reality-for-Builders.jpg] AUGMENTED REALITY FOR BUILDERS Digital Builder explains that augmented reality could be used in numerous capacities throughout the construction process. Augmented reality allows a digital preview in almost any environment. This means that models can be dropped on the lots or spaces where they will be built. However, the site also explains that the construction industry can use the technology to collaborate. Augmented reality can give others on the team—who may be remote—an opportunity to view the project and catch any issues. In addition, Digital Builder also notes that augmented reality can improve safety, too. Special augmented reality glasses could be used to better understand hazards. Many industries—including construction—also may use augmented reality tools for employee training. Like virtual reality training, augmented reality allows workers to safely explore problems and situations without actually being in harm’s way or making an error that could be disruptive. HOMEOWNERS AND AUGMENTED REALITY Can augmented reality help the consumer buying a home? This technology offers numerous benefits to the consumer. Again, architects can use augmented reality to show a 3D model in any space. Homeowners could be able to preview their home before the foundation is even poured. There are many different augmented reality experiences that can help homeowners better understand renovations, too. In different home shows on television, homeowners might be shown what their space will look like when renovated. These previews are typically shown via a computer. However, as augmented reality is becoming more of a mainstream technology across industries, architects and those in remodeling might be able to use augmented reality to show homeowners their real space with graphic depictions of the renovation. Many stores offer preview experiences to consumers to let them try out furniture and other products, too. Using augmented reality, the consumer can actually place a couch or other item in a room. Will the sofa complement the side chair? Consumers don’t have to guess, they can just grab their phone and use augmented reality. Even the walls can benefit from augmented reality tools. When remodeling a room, homeowners also might consider an entirely new color scheme—including the paint on the walls. In the past, buying paint meant viewing different swatches and hoping that those hues looked the same on the wall. Sometimes the gamble was a serious fail. Now paint companies offer try-on features for their seemingly endless array of colors. How does this work? Again, consumers just need to use their phone or tablet’s camera to show the walls of their room. Then they can choose any paint color, and with a simple selection, the paint will magically appear on the walls thanks to augmented reality. The worry about the paint color complementing or clashing with the furniture or carpet is no longer an issue. Floor coverings can be augmented in the space, too. Crate & Barrel, Catalina Rugs and even Target let consumers preview rugs in their space. For the consumer, augmented reality isn’t just a helpful and unique resource, it also can be a lot of fun to use. Consumers can keep trying out different paint colors or previewing different carpets, lamps or end tables to create all different design looks in a room. Augmented Reality in Construction [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/An-Augmented-Reality-Future.jpg] AN AUGMENTED REALITY FUTURE? Augmented reality might be the technology that dominates the future for the consumer and perhaps for many industries, too. This technology is easily accessible via phones and tablets, while virtual reality relies on cumbersome headsets that are usually tethered to wires. The accessibility makes it easy for architects and engineers to go anywhere to preview a design. With just a smartphone, construction professionals can even provide an augmented reality walk-through of a building concept. Augmented reality also aids the construction industry in providing safer training. Augmented reality lets any industry simulate a situation without putting an employee at risk for harm or injury. The consumer also benefits greatly from this technology. Not only does augmented reality give them the ability to possibly preview a home or maybe even a renovation before the project even begins, but consumers also can preview paint colors, furniture and even rugs to find their best options. There are limitations to augmented reality, though. For example, while the consumer can swipe on paint using augmented reality and even drop in a rug to see it in a room, they can’t currently do both with basic apps. An experience from Crate & Barrel to preview a carpet in the living room can’t yet sync up to another augmented reality experience that lets the consumer swipe on paint color. While industry professionals like interior designers might have the capability to show consumers every detail, a homeowner who simply wants to redecorate a room without the aid of a pro might have limitations. As augmented reality tools, programs and apps evolve, though, consumers might have more options. In addition, when (and if) augmented reality glasses are released for the consumer market, the augmented reality future could become expansive. With augmented reality glasses, consumers might have more opportunities to preview products together or to immerse in an augmented reality metaverse that includes unique augmented reality shopping experiences. The evolution of augmented reality could expand the technology’s use across different industries, too. Will architects, engineers and builders wear augmented reality glasses and see both augmented reality elements and real world elements as the project unfolds? While the future for augmented reality might be the launch of consumer-focused augmented reality glasses, the use of this technology could become more expansive in construction and other industries, too. How augmented reality will unfold, though, might be up to the technological imaginations of companies like Google, Meta, Apple and others. An augmented reality metaverse could unfold before us.

Goodbye Facebook Augmented Reality…Hello, Meta?

Goodbye Facebook Augmented Reality…Hello, Meta?

December 6, 2021

Facebook and its founder have made augmented reality a priority. Facebook Reality Labs focuses on developing augmented and virtual reality ideas and technology; the Labs are busy researching wearable technology and working on Project Aria, plus many other projects, too.   Recently, though, Facebook has hit headlines not for augmented or virtual reality developments, but something bigger. Facebook as a company has changed its name, and will now be known as Meta. As in “metaverse.” Does this mean that consumers need to say” goodbye, Facebook augmented reality” and hello, Meta?    Not really. Facebook Reality Labs hasn’t—as of yet—changed its name. And the social media platform arm of the company will still be known as Facebook. Meta, though, does seem to indicate the future of the company and its focus on the larger metaverse. Meta as a name leans into the company’s commitment to the future of technology. Facebook Augmented Reality [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/What-is-the-Metaverse.jpg] WHAT IS THE METAVERSE? Axios delved into the Apple versus Facebook fight for the metaverse. So what exactly is the metaverse? Think of the metaverse as a separate world from the physical reality. The metaverse is accessible via mixed reality experiences—headsets, goggles and maybe even phones. Competing for the metaverse means the launch of new devices that allow this world—this new universe—to be accessed by consumers. While, yes, many can enter the world of augmented reality via apps on their phone, the future of this technology likely lies in consumer augmented reality glasses. And these glasses have been hyped, discussed and rumored probably for years. Apple seemed to be the big favorite to launch these glasses first, and many tech experts and writers had been ready for these new glasses to launch. But, so far, no announcement has been made by Apple. The site Apple Rumors posted a story that explained that Apple has a whole team that’s dedicated to augmented and virtual reality. However, the same is true for Meta via its Facebook Reality Labs. The article posits that Apple augmented reality  could drop sometime in 2022. Facebook Augmented Reality [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Facebook-Extended-Reality.jpg] FACEBOOK EXTENDED REALITY Meta—as the company is now known—also is serious about augmented and virtual reality. And, obviously, allowing consumers to access the metaverse. Facebook Reality Labs also makes it simple for consumers to peek into some of the work that this arm of the company is currently engaged in. The labs publish articles on projects and research, and this data can give consumers some possible insight about the possibilities of the metaverse. However, it should be noted that research or projects don’t necessarily mean that the company is going to launch a product for this particular usage. In fact, some of the ideas could take years to flush out into products. The research of Facebook Reality Labs, though, can be of interest to consumers who want to learn more about augmented reality, virtual reality and extended reality and how these platforms could be useful in the future. Some of the more recent articles published by Facebook Reality Labs include an in-depth vision related to the metaverse and an update on Project Aria. Consumers can explore a vast library of articles for news on some current research as well as other stories. While Facebook Reality Labs are constantly working on new projects and research, Facebook—or, rather, Meta—already offers many augmented and virtual reality experiences for consumers. OCULUS The Oculus headsets are Meta virtual reality products. These headsets let users enter the virtual reality universe and can be used with gaming or even for other augmented reality experiences. Businesses can use these headsets for training or other enterprise use. SPARK AR Want to learn how to create augmented reality experiences? Facebook offers Spark AR, and, yes, it can be used by anyone. While knowing some basic JavaScript could help users, no programming experience is necessarily required. Experiment with augmented reality! See what the imagination can create. Those interested in creating via Spark AR can use a tutorial to begin their immersive adventure. INSTAGRAM While Instagram as a social media site isn’t based in the metaverse, users can access augmented reality filters to enhance content. An article from The Atlantic also noted that during the pandemic, augmented reality creators were the big hits for the ‘Gram. SMART GLASSES: RAY BAN X FACEBOOK While consumers await the official launch of new augmented reality smart glasses, Facebook partnered with Ray Ban to create new smart glasses that are chic and a bit of tech fun, too. However, these glasses do not connect to the metaverse and they are not augmented reality glasses. The glasses are called ‘Ray Ban Stories,’ and they include cameras and also allow users to answer a call, place an order and, of course, take videos or photos. They also can stream music! Stories come in three different frame designs: Round, Wayfarers (the Ray Ban classic) and Meteor. Facebook Augmented Reality [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Entering-the-Metaverse.jpg] ENTERING THE METAVERSE While Stories don’t let users enter into the metaverse, other Facebook (or Meta) experiences do expand into the tech reality. While Spark AR, Instagram and Oculus deliver a portal into the metaverse, a user’s phone also is a convenient passport. Facebook doesn’t hold the only doorway into the metaverse, as this world is quite expansive. Exploring augmented reality is really as simple as downloading an app. However, virtual reality may be more of an investment. So what’s the difference between augmented and virtual reality? Both of these technologies are part of extended reality, but only virtual reality takes users into another realm. Augmented reality overlays graphic elements on top of the real world environment. Augmented reality doesn’t require goggles, glasses or a special headset…although goggles can be used to depict augmented reality elements (usually for enterprise use). Virtual reality—true virtual reality—requires a headset of some sort to immerse the user into a different realm. VIRTUAL REALITY AND THE METAVERSE While some people use the term ‘virtual’ to depict an experience that doesn’t take place in person—like virtual tours or virtual learning—the term virtual reality refers to a separate tech-based reality. The user enters a world that is graphically created. This could be a game, a training activity (for work) or maybe even a therapy session. Virtual reality can be used for entertainment (in the case of gaming), but it’s also used by mental health professionals to help individuals safely face fears to, hopefully, lessen or overcome anxiety or trauma. So a user can perhaps enter a virtual world where they seemingly stand on a high rise building (if they are afraid of heights) or a similar type of experience. Businesses also use virtual reality to help train employees. Virtual reality sessions may allow employees to navigate different customer service situations. Or maybe they even learn how to deal with a robbery or other safety issue. With virtual reality, the situation can be controlled. And, if necessary, the user can re-enter the experience to navigate it differently and learn how to properly de-escalate a situation. Of course, virtual reality also could be used to determine if an employee would even be a good fit. Gamers can use virtual reality headsets to enter into the game. With these headsets, they become part of the action. They are literally immersed in the metaverse that is the game’s universe! AUGMENTED REALITY AND THE METAVERSE Augmented reality allows users to enter the metaverse in a unique way. Augmented reality combines reality with technology, and the metaverse for augmented reality is part of the real world. Yet, in augmented reality things aren’t always what they seem. And in this way, the metaverse unfolds. For example, Pokémon GO is one of the most popular augmented reality games; users access their camera to show the real environment. And within the real world, graphic cute Pokémon appear. The Pokémon aren’t real, of course. They are an extended reality. A way for the metaverse to collide with the user’s known sense of reality. And this is how augmented reality provides a portal into the metaverse. Augmented reality allows businesses to provide different try-on experiences for consumers. With augmented reality graphics, paint colors can appear on walls, makeup products can be applied to the face, and hairstyles can be previewed, too. These graphic elements are all a depiction of another reality. The graphics really are an exact replica of a lipstick hue. The paint colors are true to their normal colors as they would be swiped on a wall. Technology is providing the data to expand the world. The metaverse allows for an extended view of reality. And this new reality can help guide buying decisions and even keep us entertained (in the case of games). There is a full library of augmented reality apps that can be accessed by Apple and Android devices. Users can explore science, the universe, play games, and even preview cars!  While consumers may be able to purchase a pair of augmented reality glasses sometime in the future (hopefully!), they can currently explore augmented reality via their phones. And, of course, Meta provides more ways to explore this technology, too. Use Spark AR to learn how to create augmented reality experiences. Or just use Instagram AR filters. The metaverse awaits. It’s time for users to explore reality beyond their reality. Because the future of reality might be augmented in ways we could only imagine.

What’s the Best Car for Soccer Moms?

What’s the Best Car for Soccer Moms?

December 3, 2021

Becoming a parent can change many aspects of your life, including your finances, priorities, and of course, your sleeping schedule. It can also change your wants and needs when it comes to the type of vehicle you drive.  Soccer moms–and dads–need a safe, reliable vehicle with plenty of room for their kids. Parents typically spend a lot of time driving their kids to and from school, play dates, and various extracurricular activities, which means they also need a car that gets good gas mileage.  Finding a vehicle that meets these unique needs isn’t easy. Fortunately, there are a number of vehicles that fit the bill. What’s the best car for soccer moms and dads? Here are some of the top picks: Best Car for Soccer Moms [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Ford-Expedition.jpg] FORD EXPEDITION The Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV that comes with either two or three rows of seating, so you can comfortably seat between five to eight passengers depending on which option you choose.  Even though the Expedition is a large vehicle, it still gets good gas mileage compared to other full-size SUVs. You can expect to get about 17 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway.  The Expedition is designed with a number of features that make it ideal for a soccer mom’s lifestyle. For example, it includes a WiFi hotspot, which will keep your kids busy during long drives. It is also designed with 15 cup holders, so everyone who is along for the ride will have a place to put their drink. Best Car for Soccer Moms [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Volvo-V90.jpg] VOLVO V90 Soccer moms aren’t limited to driving minivans or SUVs. There are also a number of wagons, including the Volvo V90, that are ideal for soccer moms and dads. The Volvo V90 isn’t as big as the Ford Expedition, but it comfortably seats up to five passengers and has plenty of cargo space. Volvo is known for producing safe vehicles, so it’s not surprising that the V90 earned the highest rating possible in six separate crash tests. The V90 also comes with countless safety features, including oncoming collision mitigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist. The Volvo V90 also has a luxurious interior that features high-end materials, a user-friendly infotainment system, and comfortable seating. There’s also a panoramic moonroof that parents can open to make the drive a little more entertaining for their kids in the back. Best Car for Soccer Moms [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Subaru-Forester.jpg] SUBARU FORESTER The Subaru Forester is a compact SUV that is designed to meet all of the needs of soccer moms and dads. Because it is a smaller SUV, it gets better gas mileage than some of the larger vehicles on this list. You can expect to get about 26 miles per gallon in the city and up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Even though it’s a compact SUV, the Subaru Forester is built with an impressive amount of cargo space. There are 31 cubic feet of storage space in the truck, which increases to over 76 cubic feet of space when the seats are folded down. The Forester is also designed with plenty of features to keep your passengers safe, including a rear-seat seat belt reminder, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lead vehicle start alert. Best Car for Soccer Moms [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Chrysler-Pacifica.jpg] CHRYSLER PACIFICA There’s a reason why soccer moms are often associated with minivans: these vehicles are practical, reliable, and ideal for active parents. If you’re interested in a minivan, you can’t go wrong with the Chrysler Pacifica.  The Chrysler Pacifica has three rows of seating, so it’s perfect for large families. You can even choose between a bench or two bucket seats for your second row of seating. Both the second and third row of seating also fold flat into the vehicle’s floor so you can quickly convert your backseat into a large trunk with over 140 cubic feet of storage space. The Pacifica comes with a number of standard entertainment features. But if you want to keep your kids busy during a long road trip, you may want to upgrade to the trim level that includes a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system. Best Car for Soccer Moms [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Dodge-Durango.jpg] DODGE DURANGO The Dodge Durango is a mid-size SUV that seats between five to seven passengers, depending on whether you choose a model with two or three rows of seating. The trunk has about 17 cubic feet of storage space, which increases to 43 cubic feet when the third row of seats is folded down. If you want to maximize your cargo space, you can fold both the second and third rows of seats down. This will give you more than 85 cubic feet of storage space. The Dodge Durango is also designed with an infotainment system to keep your passengers entertained on the road. The system is simple and straightforward to use, so your kids can adjust the controls while you focus solely on the road. Best Car for Soccer Moms [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Mercedes-Benz-GLS.jpg] MERCEDES-BENZ GLS If you’re in the market for luxury, look no further than the Mercedes-Benz GLS, which is a full-size SUV. The GLS can seat up to seven passengers and has a powerful engine capable of producing up to 603 horsepower. The interior features comfortable seating, high-end materials, and plenty of legroom. The base model comes with an infotainment system, an in-car communication system, a touchpad controller, satellite radio, and multiple USB ports. However, you may want to consider upgrading to one of the higher trim levels, which come with a 7-inch Mercedes-Benz tablet and wireless chargers in the backseat.  Best Car for Soccer Moms [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Toyota-Avalon.jpg] TOYOTA AVALON Soccer moms and dads often assume that they need a SUV or minivan to accommodate their growing families. However, some sedans can meet the needs of a busy parent. One of these sedans is the Toyota Avalon. The Toyota Avalon is a full-size sedan that seats up to five passengers. The Avalon’s truck offers over 16 cubic feet of storage space. But unlike many other sedans, the Avalon’s rear seats are designed to fold down to substantially increase the cargo space in the back. Because it’s a sedan, the Toyota Avalon gets better gas mileage than other vehicles on this list. You can get up to 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway when you’re driving an Avalon. Plus, like other Toyotas, the Avalon is known for its reliability. You won’t need to worry about being late to pick up your kids due to an unexpected car problem. The Avalon also comes with many safety features, including blind spot monitoring, a rear view camera, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. Best Car for Soccer Moms [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Volkswagen-Atlas.jpg] VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS The Volkswagen Atlas is a mid-size crossover SUV that is popular among busy parents with active lifestyles. It is available with two or three rows of seating, so you can seat between five to eight passengers depending on which model you choose. The Atlas gets fairly good gas mileage, especially for an SUV. You can travel up to 21 miles per gallon in the city and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. The Atlas doesn’t have the most powerful engine, but it does offer a smooth and comfortable ride. Plus, it has an easy-to-use infotainment system and speakers throughout the cabin so your kids will enjoy the ride even if you get stuck in rush hour traffic.

Augmented Reality Architecture Software Shows Designs in the Natural Environment
before Construction

Augmented Reality Architecture Software Shows Designs in the Natural Environment before Construction

December 1, 2021

Augmented reality is used to allow consumers to preview products on their faces, in their homes, and, in the case of automobiles, in their garage or driveway. This technology also immerses gamers into the adventure by transporting characters into the user’s natural environment. Augmented reality also is used to showcase building designs before they are even built. Augmented reality architecture programs overlay new design concepts over the existing space to show homeowners the renovation transformation before it even happens. These programs also can preview a new building in an open space, too. Augmented reality programs that can help architects and those in the construction industry better help clients understand plans and perhaps any changes to the development of their project, too. There are even augmented reality experiences that can showcase architecture as an artform. Here are examples of different augmented reality programs and how they can be used by the industry or just to appreciate the beauty of architecture: MORPHOLIO AR SKETCHWALK Bring sketches to life! AR Sketchwalk showcases sketches in AR and overlays them into the actual environment. This program can help clients understand how the idea on paper will translate into 3D reality. Clients also can also take an augmented reality tour of the sketch designs. Like most augmented reality programs, when the concept is dropped into the real world, users can actually walk around the 3D image. ARKI ARki is classic augmented reality in that it allows architects to showcase the design in the real environment. ARki drops in the model and allows clients to see the concept before construction. The program also can be used in presentations. The app is available via both Google Play and the App Store. WIREFRAMES AR This app isn’t for presentations or even to aid in the visualization of a project. Wireframes focuses on displaying architectural art. The app showcases many different projects in an exhibit format and tells the story behind the artistic concept. Participating artists include dBox, Studio AMD, Neoscape, Mir and more. Augmented Reality Architecture [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Augmentecture.jpg] AUGMENTECTURE This app is compatible with Google Sketchup and Autodesk Revit to showcase blueprints as three-dimensional models. Augmentecture takes the two-dimensional blueprint and brings it to life as a building, as constructed in model form by the architect! The app is available via Google Play and the App Store. AUGMENTED Listed by ArchDaily among its list of augmented reality programs for architects, Augment lets users view 3D models of projects. Like many augmented reality programs, Augment can be used to take the guesswork out of a final outcome. While things change often in design, the program is a great resource for previewing. AUGMENTED REALITY MEASURING TOOLS ArchDaily listed augmented reality measuring tools as a resource for architects, too. These handy apps will overlay digital graphics to help accurately measure rooms and other spaces. It’s a bit like an augmented reality tape measure! But perhaps a bit less cumbersome! GAMMA AR Another program mentioned by ArchDaily, GAMMA AR is a construction app that can be downloaded via Apple and/or Android devices. The app can be used at construction sites to project BIM model data via augmented reality on in-progress builds…or even before construction begins. Augmented Reality Architecture [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/How-Augmented-Reality-Helps-Clients.jpg] HOW AUGMENTED REALITY HELPS CLIENTS Augmented reality apps used by architecture firms enable clients to visualize projects before construction begins, and, with some software, as it’s in progress. This takes the guesswork out of understanding the final outcome. However, some software programs like GAMMA AR also note that they can help reduce costs associated with errors during the build process. Visualizing data throughout the process could help architects and builders understand if something has gone amiss. For example, GAMMA AR explains that the graphic data can be projected during a walk through and comparisons can be made between the projected data and the actual construction. AUGMENTED REALITY IN DESIGN Augmented reality isn’t just used to showcase the architectural designs of a project, but this technology also can be used for interior design, too. While architects can use augmented reality to compare construction to the original project design or to even preview a sketch in 3D for a client, interior designers can use the technology to help clients to graphically transform the look of a space. Some augmented reality interior design apps are intended for consumers, while others might be meant for enterprise (business) implementation. Apps for the consumer can be found via both the App Store and Google Play. So how do these interior design apps work? These apps are actually really easy to use, and quite fun to implement…even if the consumer isn’t ready to make any lasting changes. PAINT PREVIEW Some stores and paint manufacturers let consumers use augmented reality to preview paint colors in any room’s walls. These apps let consumers choose from any hue; if it can be mixed, it can likely be previewed on walls. Paint magically swipes onto any wall via augmented reality. This helps the consumer determine which hue will flatter the room, or what colors might clash with furniture. FURNITURE PREVIEWS There are a few stores that let consumers use augmented reality to drop furniture or other items into their space. These apps help the consumer understand if a table, couch or other item will fit or flatter the room. Apps usually allow for consumers to select many different styles of furniture and different items. So consumers can play around with different looks and find out what looks best. This isn’t just fun, but it also can help consumers find a look that doesn’t result in a design fail…for businesses, this could mean fewer returns. ROOM MAKEOVERS Interior designers and design professionals also could use augmented reality apps in similar ways that architects use them…to preview final designs. Some homeowners want to transform a room or space. This could mean removing a wall, adding crown molding or other design elements into the room. Augmented reality could be used to help the design ideas come to life. For those who watch shows like Property Brothers, 3D previews are often used to show homeowners how the final design should look. This helps homeowners decide between different plans or ideas. The app Myty lets users choose from different furniture and give rooms a complete makeover. Change walls, the ceiling and even add floor coverings! Myty also can create doors or windows in a space to provide homeowners with an understanding about how these additions could add in light or maybe even the feeling of an open floor plan. Augmented Reality Architecture [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/What-About-Virtual-Reality.jpg] WHAT ABOUT VIRTUAL REALITY? Virtual reality also may be used by both architects and design professionals. However, augmented reality could be more accessible, as it doesn’t often require bulky headsets. Although, some augmented reality programs may require the use of augmented reality glasses like Hololens. Many augmented reality apps, however, are accessible via phones and tablets. Many can be deployed using these handheld devices. This means that designs could be viewable to clients without carrying any extra equipment. Virtual reality, though, could be used in the office environment during meetings between clients and the design firm. With virtual reality, collaborations also could take place remotely meaning that firms with designers in different spaces could meet up even with thousands of miles between them. The same could be true for client meetings. Automobile manufacturers used virtual reality to design vehicles during the pandemic. This allowed executives to collaborate in a virtual space and analyze the 3D designs of new models, critiquing what worked and what might need to be changed. In this way, virtual reality also could be used among architects and other designers. Enscape is a virtual reality platform used by architects; it works with Revit, Sketchup, Rhino, Archicad, and Vectorworks. The platform allows architects to create virtual reality experiences for client meetings and presentations. While augmented reality overlays a rendering in the real space, virtual reality actually transports users into another realm. In this virtual realm they can interact with designs. HOW AUGMENTED REALITY AUGMENTS ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN Using augmented reality apps can aid architects in showcasing project ideas and bringing these ideas to life before a client. Apps can allow clients to walk around a building or even show if a project is progressing according to plans. Graphic overlays can be used not only to show 3D depictions of buildings but to also show what an area should look as construction is progressing. Augmented reality could help architects, designers and those in construction ensure that the updates are following the design protocol. In addition, interior designers can use augmented reality apps to show how a space can be transformed with new carpeting, a different wall hue and furniture. Apps can let designers or homeowners add in windows or even doorways. Some stores offer their own augmented reality tools that are designed for the consumer to preview products in their space. These tools let homeowners virtually add paint to walls and furniture into a room. Augmented reality provides an immersive experience that can aid design and build processes by showcasing the vision before it is even built or executed. Clients can even dive into design concepts through virtual reality and explore the architect’s vision. With the aid of augmented reality, architects can bring their ideas to life and transform their drawings into the conceptual reality that only existed in their imagination or within their 2D sketches. Augmented reality displays the reality of the mind and allows the dream to take shape and, eventually, become a reality.

The Best Online Vehicle Modification Tools

The Best Online Vehicle Modification Tools

November 30, 2021

Buying a car is a major financial commitment. If you’re going to spend thousands of dollars on a car, it’s important to make sure it’s exactly what you want. For this reason, many people choose to modify their cars to fit their unique needs.  If you’re thinking about customizing your current car or buying a new car, you may want to use an online vehicle modification tool to explore your options. These tools allow you to build and customize vehicles using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. By using one of these tools, you can make sure you are completely satisfied with the vehicle you purchase or modifications you make to your current car. How can you start the process of bringing your dream car to life? Here are some of the best online vehicle modification tools: RELAYCARS Step inside the RelayCars virtual showroom to explore and customize thousands of different vehicles. The showroom is powered by augmented reality and three-dimensional technology, which makes the vehicles appear incredibly realistic.   Once you step into the virtual showroom, select a vehicle from RelayCars’ extensive library. Then, start customizing it. This tool will show you what exterior paint colors are available for the vehicle you selected. Choose a paint color and apply it to the vehicle with a tap of the finger or click of the mouse. This gives you an opportunity to see what a specific model would look like in every available paint color. Before you leave the showroom, take a look inside the vehicle. You can sit in the driver’s seat and explore every inch of the interior just by moving the tool in different directions. You can even turn around and look behind you to check out the back seats.  All automotive consumers can benefit from this powerful online vehicle modification tool. However, it is especially helpful to users who are thinking about buying a new car. If you’re going to buy a new car, use this tool to explore your options, customize the colors, and decide which vehicle is right for you. Online Vehicle Modification [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Automotive-Manufacturer-Websites.jpg] AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURER WEBSITES Automotive manufacturers understand that consumers want the ability to modify vehicles online, which is why most manufacturers have these tools on their websites.  All you need to do is select the specific model you want to customize. You can use these tools to change the exterior and interior color of your vehicle. Then, choose which features you want to include and what accessories you want to add on to bring your dream car to life. These tools are easy to use, however, your options are limited when it comes to which vehicles you can customize.  For example, if you are on the Toyota website, you will only be able to choose from various Toyota models. If you want to customize a BMW, you will need to leave the Toyota website and visit BMW’s site instead. This makes it more difficult to compare your options if you are trying to choose between multiple vehicles produced by different manufacturers.  Online Vehicle Modification [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Car-Color-Changer.jpg] CAR COLOR CHANGER If you simply want to change the paint color of a vehicle, another option is the Car Color Changer app, which is available for Android devices. You can use this app to see what countless paint colors would look like on different vehicle body styles. There are pros and cons to this online vehicle modification tool. It’s very user-friendly, so you don’t need to be tech savvy to use it. You can also create custom designs with more than one paint color. For example, you can choose to paint half the car bright red and the other half a sleek and sophisticated charcoal gray. However, you cannot preview paint colors on a specific make and model. Instead, you can only see what different paint colors would look like on a generic SUV, sedan, or hatchback. This is the main drawback to using this online vehicle modification tool, especially if you are trying to decide which vehicle to purchase.  FUEL OFF ROAD There is also a vehicle modification tool on the Fuel Off Road website. Fuel Off Road is an online retailer that sells wheels and tires for passenger vehicles. To assist online shoppers, Fuel Off Road built a modification tool on their website that allows customers to customize vehicles with various wheels and tires.  If you are thinking about upgrading the wheels and tires on your vehicle, you can use this tool to explore your options and preview what different styles would look like. Just like the Car Color Changer app, the Fuel Off Road tool does not allow you to preview the modifications you have selected on a specific make and model. You can only see what the wheels and tires would look like on a generic truck. However, you should still be able to use this tool to get a good idea of whether you would like different wheels and tires for your vehicle. 3D TUNING 3D Tuning is one of the most popular online vehicle modification apps on the market. You can choose from over one thousand vehicles in the 3D Tuning library. Unlike the Fuel Off Road and Car Color Changer tools, 3D Tuning does allow you to choose a specific make and model to customize. Once you choose a vehicle, start customizing it.  3D Tuning has more modification options than the Fuel Off Road and Car Color Changer tools. You can use 3D Tuning to customize everything from the vehicle’s bumpers and grills to exterior paint color. You can even customize the side mirrors on the selected vehicle. Save the cars you customize in your 3D Tuning Garage so you can revisit them later. You can also share them with your friends and family members. Online Vehicle Modification [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Fix-My-Car.jpg] FIX MY CAR The Fix My Car app is another option. There are several different versions of the Fix My Car app, including Garage Wars and Custom Mods, which are both designed with a vehicle modification feature.  But unlike the other tools on this list, the Fix My Car app was built for race car aficionados. It allows you to choose a vehicle, make modifications, and convert it into a racing car. Fix My Car has educational value, too. It teaches users about the various features found on a racecar and explains how to make certain modifications. Even though it’s educational, it won’t feel like you are learning when you are using the app because it’s so fun.  If you are looking for fun and games, download the Garage Wars version of this app. After you customize your vehicle, you can enter it into a speed race using this version of the Fix My Cars app.  OVERDRIVE CITY If you are trying to decide which vehicle to purchase or what modifications to make to your current car, Overdrive City is not the right tool for you. But if you just want to turn customizing different vehicles into a fun game, you may want to download this app on your Android or iOS device. The Overdrive City app allows you to build car factories, manufacture parts, and customize vehicles. The app does allow you to customize a specific make and model, but options are limited. Currently, the app lets you choose from various models produced by luxury manufacturers such as Porsche and Lamborghini.  Once you’re satisfied with your custom creation, enter it into a car race and compete with other users.  CAR WRAPPER If you want to change the exterior color of your vehicle, you have two main options. You can either paint it a different color or get a car wrap, which is a thin layer of vinyl that is applied to the exterior of your vehicle. If you’re thinking about getting a car wrap, explore your options on the Car Wrapper app. To begin, choose the make and model of the vehicle you want to wrap. Then, browse the color and finish options to design a custom wrap for your vehicle. You can choose to partially or completely cover your vehicle with your custom wrap. You can even apply multiple wraps to the vehicle to create a truly unique design.  This tool makes it easier to visualize what a car wrap would look like on your vehicle. This way, you won’t end up paying for a car wrap you’re not completely satisfied with. Online Vehicle Modification [https://blog.relaycars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Car-Mechanic-Simulator.jpg] CAR MECHANIC SIMULATOR If you love classic cars, the Car Mechanic Simulator app is the right online vehicle modification tool for you. To begin, choose from a selection of classic vehicles available in the app. Then, start customizing your selected vehicle.  The app allows you to repair and/or replace old parts, remove rust, and change the exterior paint color of the vehicle. In other words, it gives you the power to breathe new life into an old car using your smartphone or tablet.   Start using these online vehicle modification tools now so you can visualize your dream car on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.