Most of the mobile augmented reality apps today focus on individual experiences, but a new player in space wants to make things a little more social.
The battle that has been tested for several years in the realm of virtual reality is vTime finally to deepen its head on this idea, first it is important to explain what vTime is. In recent years, vTime has enabled VR users to meet each other in VR using avatar bodies via headsets such as Oculus Rift headset, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Go, Google Daydream and Windows Mixed Reality.
I have actually spent a lot of time in vTime and it is one of the VR apps that fundamentally changed how I see VR, mainly because it is immensely immersed and efficient to facilitate meeting with people in remote locations. The app also lets you customize your avatar so you can look close to your real self in the virtual world.
] The VR app lets you not only meet other people (yes, their avatars) in VR, but you can everyone moves to different environments and rooms while talking (on a beach, on a mountain top, around a campfire, or on a moving train), which makes the VR experience feel much more immersed and not unlike using a Star Trek carrier to hold meetings at different virtual locations.
Now the new AR mode in the vTime mobile app for iOS and Android devices supporting ARKit and ARCore allows users to interact with social VR users without having to have a VR or AR headset. This new dynamic, which was plagued about a year ago, opens vTime's hidden VR world up to AR users who prefer to keep a foot in the real world while engaging other vTime users.
Like many ARKit and ARCore apps, the process starts by using your smartphone to scan for a nearby surface. Once you have established a surface scan, place the virtual environment in your real world space and either monitor or engage different vTime virtual chat sessions.
The app is free and requires only the creation of a user account. And unlike some immersive computer programs, the team behind vTime is quite susceptible to the end-user's problems, so if there is something you don't understand or need help with, it's generally easy to get in touch with the team for some help.
Personally, I think vTime works pretty well in VR and I'm not sure I would like to use this AR mode to engage the app, because the fully immersed VR version of vTime is just as good. But as an intermediate step from smartphones to AR smartglasses in the near future, I can see how this type of app can soon become an important link between the world's VR and AR when it comes to avatar-driven chats.  Don't miss: Warner Bros. & Niantic Release Third Harry Potter Wizards Unite Trailer