After embarking on models of augmented reality planets as targets for augmented reality experiences, AstroReality is expanding its portfolio by paying tribute to one of the space agencies that made its products possible.
60th Anniversary Celebration With the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), AstroReality offers science fans the NASA Series, which includes the NASA AR Notebook and the NASA Space Mug. The products are now available on the company's website as a package for $ 56.99 or separately for $ 29.99.
"We wanted to share and reflect on the achievements of NASA's space program in a new way, which is both entertaining and informative, and I am pleased to say that we have achieved this with this NASA series, "said Joanne Dai, co-founder of AstroReality, in a statement.
The pages of the notebook, which detail NASA history, reveal powerful content in target images when users scan them with the companion AstroReality Explorer app for iOS or Android. For example, scanning the cover sheet (available in white or space gray) reveals a virtual solar system.
"AstroReality's NASA notebook will bring the greatest achievements of the agency's first 60 years to inspire you in writing your story on the pages in between," said . J. R. Skok, Chief Science Officer for AstroReality.
The NASA Space Mug is also transformed using the augmented reality app. After scanning the mouth of the mug, the user receives a simulated view of the earth from a spaceship, with the Amazon Rainforest, the Grand Canyon, and the Himalayas among the natural wonders that the user can observe.
The company's first product, Lunar Pro, offered consumers a handcrafted model of the Moon. The accompanying mobile app allows users to unlock AR content associated with the real-world model.
AstroReality followed with more cost-effective lunar models and was then grounded with an AR-augmented model of earth, before a complete solar system (in the truest sense of the word) of planetary models is produced.
While AstroReality fills an interesting niche with cosmic augmented reality products, there is no shortage of apps that could otherwise fulfill the fantasy of a space fan. For a mobile AR experience, there is the Big Bang AR app from Google or the Spacecraft AR app from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, just for starters. For Magic Leap One owners, there is also the Universe Creator app.
Given that the inhabitants of the Earth can see the cosmos with augmented reality as they otherwise could not, there is plenty of room for a more even spatial AR.