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As part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori I came across a couple of great apps this week. To help me with my te reo learning, I have always relied on the Māori Dictionary to learn new Māori words. Today I came across a couple of great apps for strengthening te reo Māori which I just had to share. Kupu logoKupu is a new app designed by Spark which uses augmented reality. Kupu, which translates to mean “word” – works via machine learning provided by Google. Users simply take a picture, and Kupu uses image recognition to identify what is in the picture and provide te reo Māori translations for what is seen. Kupu is an example of Augmented Reality (AR) which is a form of technology that layers the digital world over the physical world. There are a lot of different apps which perform various tasks using AR, such as finding a local cafe, mapping apps, or even a new one I use called Snoww which enables users to locate friends they follow (I use this to know where my daughter is on the mountain!).
Augmented reality is something that is often talked about at conferences when referring to the technology of the future and it is certainly something to keep an eye on. The future of augmented reality is an exciting prospect; here is a video which explores an aspect of this technology called articulated naturality web.
Augmented reality (or AR as it is sometimes referred to) is a fascinating new form of technology which has great potential to transform many facets of life. AR refers to the physical world with digital data or information transposed over it. Some good examples of this include Google Maps which show live traffic feeds, or the new Google product Glass.