Augment the reality of holiday shopping with these Android apps

Nov 20, 2012
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The holiday season is a joyous time of year, but also the most stressful. Between travel, coordinating family and friends, and shopping for gifts, the holidays can feel like more trouble than they’re worth. And while technology can’t always save you from awkward moments at the family dinner, it can help you stay on track while shopping for gifts (or for yourself) this year. Augmented reality is one technology that’s particularly promising for the retail sector, especially as local search becomes a heavily contextualized way for businesses to cater to their customers.

Car Finder AR ($1.99)

There’s nothing worse than wandering the rows of a parking lot, arms laden with shopping bags, in search of your car. So while you’re using all these AR apps to help you shop, why not use AR to keep track of your car? Save your parking location automatically and use an augmented reality map to find your way back with either driving or walking directions. Car Finder AR supports up to three cars, and you can even send a car’s parked location to other phones. The app has a few other helpful features too, like a parking meter timer, alarm and location history.

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