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Augmented reality is bringing fitness to mobile gaming

Augmented Reality Fitness Mobile GamesThis state of the art technology is makes these games available on smartphones and tablets.

Fitness games have become very popular on consoles, but now the concept is available through mobile gaming because of the addition of augmented reality into the field.

Now, fitness apps are available to be played on smartphones and tablets in addition to PCs.

Until now, console games have required physical controllers or the Kinect motion sensor equipment, for example, in order to detect movements. However, through the use of augmented reality apps, the camera features in smartphones and tablets have made it possible for mobile gaming to offer this same type of fitness opportunity.

The device cameras include the player into the augmented reality environment for a similar experience.

The very first app to take advantage of the augmented reality mobile gaming alternative to fitness console games is an application called BallStrike. This app is available at the Windows 8 store for devices that run on that operating system. It is also now available for Android and iOS devices. This game requires the player to punch and explode a number of balls that appear on the screen around a live image of the player. The premise is to encourage the player to move around so that he or she will become more fit over time. The application displays an estimated number of calories burned throughout the game.

To make sure that the augmented reality experience is as accurate as possible, the player must stand about 1.5 meters (5 feet) away from the device camera. The distance needs to be judged so that the entire person can fit on the screen. At that point, the “boxing” session starts. It starts off at a fun and easy learning level, but as the player progresses, the difficulty increases.

Another addition to the augmented reality fitness mobile gaming marketplace is Fuego’s River Adventure. This is currently available for iPad users, only. It is a combination of a fitness app and an arcade game in which the player floats down a river on a raft, and the user has to avoid obstacles. This requires the user to jump around in front of the device and, presumably, burn calories in so doing.

Augmented reality and mobile gaming are central to Google’s new ebook line

Augmented Reality Ingress Mobile Game and Google ebooksNiantic Labs, the startup behind Ingress, is now launching a new line of digital books.

Google startup, Niantic Labs, has announced that it will be launching a new line of ebooks which are based on its wildly popular Ingress augmented reality mobile gaming experience.

The video game has become massively popular, even though it has not even seen its full release yet.

Ingress is an Android based augmented reality multiplayer game that first launched in its beta form last November. It remains possible to play it by invitation only, and yet it has managed to take off with explosive popularity. Now, its creators will be taking the experience another step forward with the release of this new line of digital products.

The augmented reality experience within this game will soon be broadened with the new product line.

On Friday, the company announced that the line of ebooks linked to the mobile gaming experience would be launched. The augmented reality book line has been dubbed “The Alignment”. So far, they have all been written by Thomas Greanias. This author is also the writer behind the Trilogies that were on the New York Times bestsellers list, Dominium Dei, and Raising Atlantis.

The first of these ebooks, The Alignment: Ingress, will be released through Google Play on April 2 but will then move on to other digital bookstores over time, following that initial sale date. These books will be linked to the Ingress mobile gaming experience and will feature various different types of perks and digital experiences, such as embedded codes and augmented reality.

The books in this new augmented reality ebook line will be co-published by Niantic, as well as the author’s own @lantis Books. Should the digital versions prove to be highly successful, there may be print versions of the same books to follow.

Niantic Labs is not only the creator of the augmented reality mobile gaming experience, Ingress, but it is also behind several other projects. These include the new Field Trip app that has been released by Google.

Given the popularity of the augmented reality game even before its official full release, it is not entirely surprising that these related digital products are being released to complement it. What would be surprising is if this were the last of the developments of this nature.