Hopefully you’ve checked out our first ARinMed Holidays Shopping list, which included hardware and books for your loved ones who are in (or are wanting to get into) the Augmented Reality world. Here, we present a list of applications that are affordable – or even free! While some of them require special equipment, others will only require that you have your smartphone, but they all will allow you to experience Augmented Reality.
Insight Heart is, from our perspective, the first true medical app for devices such as the Microsoft HoloLens, and now even for smartphones compatible with ARKit. We have strong feelings about this app, and you can read all about it in our review , or maybe read about the time we met the creators. We know our stuff, and we feel that very few apps have approached the level of complexity of Insight Heart, which makes the $0.99 price tag a true bargain.
Human Anatomy Atlas is an anatomy app, and it brings great attention to details. It stands up there with anatomy atlases that we have been using from a very long time. However, even though it’s a larger investment than most apps, we believe that the compatibility of ARKit brought it to a whole new level, making it irreplaceable. It is available for Android, iOS and PC.
It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to simulate a zombie apocalypse in such a great way, huh? Zombies, RUN! Is a great addition to the AR gaming world, and it’s free!
This is another one of those fantastic ‘get out of the chair’ apps that will show you a little bit of the potential of Augmented Reality. This app uses your smartphone to track you during your first steps of this amazing workout, and it’s a fun way to interact with Augmented Reality. It is available for Android and iOS.
It’s been a while since we reviewed this one, but along with Insight Heart, this is an unmatched app for the Microsoft HoloLens, or even the Windows Mixed Reality Platform. We believe this app paves the way for how medical classes could be given in the future. If you are already the proud owner of one of those devices and you haven’t tried out the CRISPR experience for Cystic Fibrosis, you are wasting your time.
Touch Surgery is the smallest, and most intimate surgery simulator you are going to find currently on the market. It will work with Android and iOS smartphones, and it is free. Our review mentions that this was an app that could be used both by doctors and regular people, especially because it customizes itself to fit the needs of every user, and it does have a great number of procedures to explore, to learn – or to have some fun with.
A very interesting app from a very interesting company (that we will be checking out more soon), The Brain provides an amazing anatomical experience – for free! The only downfall is that it is only available on Android. We liked the way it provided such a simple but, thorough approach to anatomical description and how it expands itself to reach even cellular depths. It also seems that it’s soon expanding to the whole body, so we recommend you to check it out!
Nerve Centre is an app that is exclusive for Windows powered devices, and it is a lot more academic than the ones that we reviewed above. Nerve Centre focuses itself on theory, and provides a great deal of information on everything related to neural tissue from anatomical to clinical, and it is available for phones, tablets, surface tablets, the HoloLens, or anything Windows related, for a great price!
We believe 2018 will be a great year for Augmented Reality, and next year, this list will grow exponentially! Happy Holidays!