Augmented Reality Apps

Using a screen to play a game or learn something isn't only one-dimensional anymore. With augmented and virtual reality apps, you can experience digital worlds in a new way. While virtual reality (or VR) requires a headset and plops you into an immersive world, augmented reality (or AR) is different: The screen acts as a way to enhance or add elements to the real world. Pokémon GO is certainly the most popular example of how it works, but it's far from the only one. Basically, your device's camera blends an image of your actual surroundings with a digital image so they merge into one reality. Aside from providing entertainment, AR can help kids and adults learn science, simulate experiences, or bring books to life. Check out these apps to get a sense of the possibilities!

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AR Diorama - Qurious Island App Poster Image
Nature-themed AR game fun but glitchy.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR App Poster Image
Iconic storybook caterpillar inhabits your kid's real world.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Thomas & Friends Minis App Poster Image
Fun AR builder for train fanatics; good fun for others.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Big Bird's Words...A Sesame Street App App Poster Image
Impressive use of technology great for young readers.
Devices: Android
(2014)
(2014)
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The Tortoise and the Hare | Arloon kids App Poster Image
Cool use of tech lets coloring come to life; botched moral.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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CyberChase Shape Quest! App Poster Image
Hours of shape and puzzle fun with a PBS Kids favorite.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Disneynature Explore App Poster Image
Get in touch with nature with cool augmented-reality app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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FETCH! LUNCH RUSH App Poster Image
Novel PBS Kids app takes game off screen and into room.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2011)
(2014)
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Math Ninja AR App Poster Image
Basic addition practice in a busy AR world.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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ARrrrrgh App Poster Image
Dig up AR treasure with friends in fun hide-and-find game.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Powerful Plants App Poster Image
Snappy tool brings companion book's plant pictures to life.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Pippapips App Poster Image
Paper dolls go high-tech for fashion design fun.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Arloon Geometry App Poster Image
Shape up spatial skills with augmented reality tool.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows Phone
(2015)
(2015)
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Assemblr App Poster Image
Building cool stuff marred by focus on posts and purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
(2018)
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Cosmos Creator AR App Poster Image
AR tool cool but confusing; watch for safety.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Swift Playgrounds App Poster Image
Learning feels like play in sleek, approachable coder.
Devices: iPad
(2016)
(2017)
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WWF Free Rivers App Poster Image
Beautiful AR scenes show ugly reality facing global rivers.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
(2018)
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Orb App Poster Image
Orb
Build 3D models using cool, free AR app; tricky controls.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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Arloon Anatomy | The Human Body App Poster Image
Augmented reality lets you see the body's systems in 3-D.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Arloon Plants App Poster Image
Cool interactivity and images but some confusing science.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Night Terrors: The Beginning App Poster Image
Creepy AR experience intro has legit scares; avoid stumbles.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Pokémon GO App Poster Image
Exciting, active game marred by privacy and safety issues.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
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Ingress App Poster Image
Augmented reality game involves exercise, but iffy safety.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Arloon Chemistry - Laboratory of compounds | Apps for the classroom App Poster Image
Interact with 3-D chemical compounds, advanced concepts.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone
(2015)
(2014)
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