Welcome to the world of PlanetAR:

Virtual reality and augmented reality are two new buzzwords in the world of e-learning. Augmented Reality could drastically change the way in which we inherent knowledge, especially online. The PlanetAR brand consists of several innovative products that offer an interactive experience that makes learning fun for toddlers. Our team of experts has designed the products based on the suggestions by early childhood experts and parents.

PlanetAR Animals:

Interact with animals in AR like never before. Buy the complete set of the interactive and informative Planet AR cards for kids. PlanetAR Animals cards are a collection of 9 animals.

“Planet AR – Animal” mobile app* is available for both android and iOS devices. It offers an enjoyable and educational experience for kids with captivating animations and sound effects.

Have an elephant on the palm of your hand or maybe you’d prefer a lion instead. Examine the animals up close in 3D mode. The 2D sketch will turn into a 3D moving animation which allows you to spin, turn and zoom in and out of each animal. PlanetAR Animals gives you both interesting and informative facts about animals.

PlanetAR Alphabets & Numbers:

Flashcards are no longer boring with the new Planet AR Flash Cards. Planet AR Alphabets and Numbers is an educational and interactive game for children. Pair the App with Planet AR Alphabets and numbers flashcards and watch as the numbers and alphabets spring to life. Planet AR app is available at Google Playstore and App store. It offers an easy way for little ones to learn and pronounce alphabets, numbers and fundamental vocabularies.

One set of flashcards consists of 36 Augmented Reality Flashcards. 26 Alphabets cards, 10 numbers cards, 1 instructions card, a discount coupon,

PlanetAR promotes imagination, self- learning, creativity and much more. You can get your set of PlanetAR Augmented Reality Flash Cards on Amazon. Use Promo Code: PARAND20 and get 20% discount.

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Top Virtual Reality (VR) games:

Technology has grown leaps and bounds during the last couple of decades. Developers are pushing the boundaries to create tech solutions that are innovative and unique. One such technology that has gained popularity in recent times is Virtual Reality. It is an artificial environment created with software and presented to the user in a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment. It includes three-dimensional images that appear to be life-sized from the user’s perspective. It also has the ability to track a user’s motions and eye movements, and correspondingly adjust images on the user’s display to reflect the change in perspective.

The virtual reality world must be large and detailed enough for users to explore and get immersed into. With PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift out alongside less expensive headsets like the Samsung Gear VR, Google’s Daydream View and Cardboard, users have a huge selection of Virtual Reality games to choose from.

Here are some of the most popular VR games among users.

Fallout 4 VR: With detailed environments and engaging gunplay, Fallout 4 VR was one of the biggest VR titles in 2017. There are several weapons that players can choose to blow away the inhabitants of the virtual world. This first person shooter game is currently exclusive to the HTC Vive headset but can be played on Oculus Rift with a bit of adjustment.

Arizona Sunshine: This first-person shooter immerses the player in a post-apocalyptic desert town. There is an arsenal of guns and other weapons that players can use to kill blood thirsty zombies. This game is available on PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets.

Resident Evil 7: Based on the popular survival horror series Resident Evil 7 offers a completely different way for players to see everything in the realm of VR. With creatures lurking around every corner to attack players in the virtual world, this game manages to provide an incredibly intense experience for users. Resident Evil 7 is currently available on PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets.

Lucky’s Tale: This VR game is available on Oculus Rift and translates the classic 3D platform into virtual reality. It makes use of the player’s ability to manipulate perspectives hiding secrets behind trees and under obstacles. The levels in this game are short to maintain the comfort level of the player in virtual reality.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes: It is a multiplayer game where the user wearing the VR headset acts as a bomb disposal agent. Each level has an explosive device with a series of batteries, widgets and nodes to work with. The person wearing the headset has to describe the bomb and work as a team to disarm it. This game offers the player an adrenaline rush that is not seen in many others. It is available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PSVR headsets.

Stay tuned for information on other upcoming and popular VR games.

Best AR apps for your smartphone:

Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the categories of apps and games in Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store that has grown in popularity in recent times. Augmented reality refers to the enhancement of our real-world environment through computer-aided sensing. AR Apps use the phone’s camera or other sensors to give users more enhanced information about their environment. Companies using AR for a number of applications has become to driving force for augmented reality application development. AR is rapidly growing in popularity by merging elements of the virtual world, into our real world. Here is a list of the most popular AR apps and games.

Pokémon Go: This game combines Nintendo’s Pokémon with augmented reality technology. It sends players exploring their neighborhood on foot to discover, photograph and collect Pokémon. The user’s phone functions as a map and viewfinder, guiding them towards Poké Stops to collect various items.  Pokémon Go is a free game that is available for both android and iOS devices.

Ingress: It is a massive multiplayer augmented reality game available for both android and iOS users. This GPS based game has players joining rival secret societies to fight for control over “Exotic Matter” (XM). Players can use their devices to travel to real world locations to gather “XM” and gain control of portals around buildings and landmarks.

World Brush: This app allows users to draw and paint over real-world views using a variety of virtual brushes. The virtual painting is saved to its approximate GPS location, which allows other World Brush users nearby to view your creations. There is also an option to like, dislike and report offensive content. This app is currently available for iOS users only.

AR MeaseureKit: This app offers several handy utility functions for users. It is available for iOS users only and turns the user’s iPhone into a measuring tool. The ruler function in the free version of the app enables users to measure the length of surfaces. There is also a chaining tool for measuring more complex lengths. An in-app purchase unlocks full functionality of the app that offers tools for placing AR marker pins, measuring angles, trajectories, a person’s height, and checking whether a surface is level as well.

Fitness AR: This app allows users to visualize their running and biking routes in 3D, overlayed over the real world. They can sign in with their Strava account and select one of their recorded routes or explore the featured ones. The app also allows users to circle around and explore the map from multiple angles. This app is currently available for iOS users only.

Star Walk 2: This AR app uses the device’s sensors and location data to present an interactive view of the night sky. The app will display a matching view of constellations, planets and other celestial bodies in real time when the device is pointed skyward. While the Time Machine mode allows users to view starscapes at past or future dates, the night mode makes the app more comfortable to use in low light conditions.

Augmented Reality technology has changed the face of smartphone apps and gaming. AR adds digital images and data to amplify views of the real world, giving users more information about their environments.

Want to develop an Augmented Reality app? With 7 years of experience in developing mobile apps, we at BMS Innolabs are ready to take any challenge to make the best use of our expertise for your business.

Top free Graphic design software:

Whether you are creating and editing vector graphics, illustrations, infographics, 2D or 3D content, here are some of the most useful free software for designers.

Inkscape: It is an open source vector graphics editor widely known as the free counterpart to Adobe Illustrator. Inkscape is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, and is a great for budding graphic designers. It offers many complex features including complex path operations, node editing, bitmap tracing and path-based text. It is a powerful vector graphics tool with excellent format support and a comprehensive toolkit.

Krita: It has a set of carefully designed tools designed primarily for comic book artists. This includes halftones, pre-made templates and a set of drawing aids such as vanishing points, customizable brushes and other tools, smooth shapes, layer masks and advanced selection functions.

GIMP: It is a free photo editing and graphic design software packed with customizable tools for designers working with photos. GIMP is great for adjusting photos, creating a digital painting or compositing several different elements. It can easily be expanded using a huge archive of extensions or installing Photoshop plugins.

Blender: It is a great tool for graphic designers working on 3D content. Whether it’s modeling, rigging, rendering or animating, Blender has you covered. It is highly customizable and has excellent format support, and can be used to create short films, TV shows, and even feature films. Designers can even create their own tools and extensions that suit their needs.

Easel.ly: With a clear and easy-to-use interface, Easel.ly is a tool dedicated to creating infographics. It offers a good selection of templates and a wide selection of shapes and other tools for designers to work with. The completed infographics in PDF or JPG format, with quality settings optimized for web and print use.  Unlike many other free data visualization tools, Easel.ly will not watermark your work.

Gravit Designer: It is a full-featured vector design app suitable for a number of jobs that includes screen and icon designs, creating presentations, illustrations and animations as well. This software is packed with a host of tools for creating detailed and beautiful vector imagery. Other features include a knife tool and path graphs, multiple fills and blending modes, and a powerful text engine. Gravit also offers cloud service that enables designers to access their project on the go.

Vectr: It is available both as a stand-alone desktop app and as a browser-based web app. This free editor can be used for creating 2D vector graphics. It offers live collaboration and synchronization options to connect with other designers and work in tandem. Vectr is available for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chromebook, and has a number of options for using filters, shadows and fonts.

An introduction to Chatbots.

Chatbots are computer programs that can have the ability to mimic human conversations in their natural format including text or spoken language. This is accomplished by using artificial intelligence techniques that includes Natural Language Processing (NLP), image & video processing, and audio analysis. Their most interesting feature is that they can learn from past interactions and become smarter over the time. Chatbots work in two ways:

  • Rule Based: They provide predefined responses from a data base, based on the keywords in the search.
  • Smart Machine Based: They inherit capabilities from AI and adjust their behavior based on customer interactions.

The arrival of this technology is has given rise to new realms of engaging customers and ways of doing business. With instantaneous and personalized customer response that meets customer expectations, chatbots have revolutionized the customer service industry. Powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), Chatbot intelligence will increase with better use of conversational interfaces, and in future it will be used not only for customer support and retention, but acquisition as well. The objective of using chatbots is not to replace humans, but to bridge the gap between brands and consumers. Although the implementation of chatbots in the call center industry will have huge implications with potentially disruptive technology. Generally, chatbots can be trained with four major types of data projects.

  • Utterance collection: Here, the bot is trained to identify instances where people come up with different ways to ask the same thing.
  • Relevance: Using this, the bot is trained to give relevant responses to real user questions.
  • Intent: Here, the bot learns to judge the user’s intent while they are engaged with them.
  • Entity recognition: This type of data project is used to help the bot understand nuance and context of the conversation.

Currently, front-end chatbots are used in several domains, but are still in the primitive stage. Compared to humans, these front-end chatbots lack empathy and the ability for problem solving. For businesses, chatbots can be used to manage customer queries round the clock without any delay. There are many other advantages of incorporating this technology in business.

  • Interactions are possible through familiar platforms like Facebook chat through API.
  • Easy to interact using a simpler interface.
  • Capability to outperform humans in terms of speed in handling customer queries.
  • Easy to build, cost efficient and improved efficiency.

Chatbots can currently be seen on websites and social platforms to assist customers in their interactions with the brand. Chatbots not only communicates through voice or text, users can now interact with them via graphical interfaces and widgets as well. This technology gives businesses a new way to interact and deliver their messages to customers on chat platforms.

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented Reality technology is slowly proving itself as a useful technology in our everyday lives. From social media filters to surgical procedures, AR is rapidly growing in popularity by merging elements of the virtual world, into our real world.
In AR, graphics, sounds and touch feedback are added into the user’s natural world for creating enhanced user experiences. It enhances the way we see, hear and feel the world around us. Unlike virtual reality, AR utilizes the user’s existing natural environment and simply overlays virtual information on top of it.
Augmented Reality has several applications, right from performing simple tasks such as text notifications to performing complex surgical procedures. Companies using AR for a number of applications has become to driving force for augmented reality application development.
There are many types of technologies that make up AR, each with varying differences in their applicational use cases.
1. Marker Based AR: This type uses a camera on the user’s device and some kind of a visual marker that is sensed by a reader to produce the AR experience. Simple patterns such as a QR or 2D code are used as markers so that they can be easily read and don’t require a lot of processing power to accomplish the task.
2. Markerless AR: This type uses a GPS or sensors like digital compass, velocity meter or accelerometer, which are embedded in the device to provide data based on the user’s location. It is commonly used for mapping directions, finding nearby businesses and other location based mobile applications.
3. Projection Based Augmented Reality: It works by projecting artificial light onto a real world surface and allows human interaction by sensing touch. It differentiates between an expected projection and an altered projection to detect the user’s interaction. With the new laser plasma technology, it is possible to project three dimensional interactive holograms that hover in mid-air as well.
4. Superimposition Based AR: This type replaces the original view of an object with an augmented view of it. Object recognition plays a vital role here, as the device must be able to recognize what the object is.
Seasoned industries have started adopting and applying this new technology for their own unique needs. For example in healthcare, everything from a routine checkup to complex surgical procedures, Augmented Reality provides enormous benefits to both patients and healthcare professionals. It is yet to be seen how other industries incorporate this technology in the future.

Virtual Reality for Branding:

How have brands started using Virtual Reality in their marketing strategy? Virtual Reality (VR) is a rapidly growing industry that is finding inroads into several industries. The marketing industry is one of such where teams using this technology it to increase awareness, promote engagement and enhance the customer experience.
This technology has the potential to overhaul the social media experience for consumers and marketers as well. Several Brands have already successfully incorporated VR into the strategy by creating an immersive and engaging marketing experience. For example, in the automobile industry, VR can be used to offer a unique experience to a broad audience, building anticipation for the new car.
The use of technology should seem relevant for it to be perceived as authentic by consumers. Designers and will now be able to preview designs in 3D and in real-time, before anything goes into production. Adoption of VR technology by mainstream consumers will be the key to it becoming successful and widely used as a marketing tool.
Customers are always open to new experiences, especially when they are entertaining and engaging. As this technology matures and prices come down, its applications will become more evident. As developers get accustomed to using VR as a story telling tool, there is no limit to the number of applications of VR. This makes it important to figure out how best to utilize this technology to achieve brand objectives. VR is being used in marketing to:
• Immerse users in a branded entertainment experience.
• Demonstrate product attributes, features and functionality.
• Help consumers make better informed choices.
• Add a new dimension to traditional print and video story-telling.
• Communicate the brand’s mission at point of sale.
Ever since Facebook bought Oculus Rift, VR technology has been a popular topic and is shaping the future of brand experiences. The impact of VR based marketing can be extensive because of the viral response they can generate. Since VR hasn’t seen large scale adoption yet, brands with definitive and innovative ideas can help consumers embrace this new technology and lead the way in establishing its place in marketing.