Unless you're a hands-on kind of person, there are few things more frustrating than car trouble. If you don't know a carburetor from a clutch cable, even the most routine vehicle maintenance tasks can seem like rocket science, and car repairs can also be extremely costly if left unattended. Fortunately, a new app could soon make keeping your car in top shape a little easier, according to Gizmodo.
The app, developed by Inglobe Technologies, utilizes augmented reality to take some of the mystery out of vehicle repair. In a video recently posted to YouTube, the software was shown running on a tablet. As the user moves around in front of the engine block of the car, the app clearly displays the most accessible components of the machinery, including the coolant tank, engine oil reservoir and windshield wiper fluid container. Upon selecting the task users wish to complete using a series of icons on the screen, they are presented with a 3D animation of how to complete the selected operation, such as replenishing the engine's oil.
Although it will probably be some time before an augmented reality app that enables motorists to perform more complex maintenance tasks is released, the software demonstrates the power and sophistication of augmented reality technology. If combined with a system like Google's Glass headset, this type of app could revolutionize how people interact with the world around them. According to Read Write Web, several apps for Google Glass are already well into the development stage, such as social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, alongside real-time weather forecasting applications and navigational software.
Google Glass is scheduled to hit the market later this year, but a range of augmented reality apps are already available for smartphones and tablets. If you're ready to step into the future of mobile communications, sell your cell phone at USell.com and upgrade to an iPhone or one of the latest Android devices.