3 New Ways to Impress Your Valentine

By Douglas Monaco

It’s the small things that matter. Whether it’s a handwritten card, a timely text, a custom Facebook post, or an actual phone call, meaningful connections can deepen a relationship. To make a lasting impression, you have to be unique and creative.

Digital e-cards can be a fun tool, but the 2D world is boring and static compared to Augmented Reality’s ability to enter our physical realm. After the announcements of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s AR Core, it became clear that Augmented Reality is here to stay. However a recent study showed that less than 1% of the 3 million apps in the app store have ARKit enabled indicating the general public has yet to find concrete reasons to adopt AR’s usage.

Fortunately we put in the leg work and came up with three new ways to impress your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

TinkerNote is a free design and messaging AR app for Android and Apple devices

TinkerNote— by Kreatar from The Glimpse Group available on the App Store and Google Play

We can easily see using TinkerNote as a fun way to flex your creative muscle without straining it. With over 100 pre-made 3D objects like flying cupids, lit candles, baby chicks, and colored hearts, TinkerNote makes it easy to compose a creative greeting and display it anywhere in AR mode. You can personalize your creation with customizable features like voice recordings, text bubbles and the ability to include your own pics, which really makes TinkerNote stand out from the crowd. The sender can also gift wrap a sequenced reveal of 3D assets to tell a narrative revealed in the same order set by the recipient. The app allows you to share your TinkerNote using text, email or on social networks.

Figment AR — from Viro Media available on the App Store

If you’re looking for a way to transport your significant other to a more abstract or tropical location, Figment offers portals to digital oasis’. Choose from a tropical beach, outer space galaxy, underwater adventure or add your own 360 image and you’re off. If cozying up in a winter wonderland is your idea of romance, you can easily add snowflakes to your natural surroundings with one of four particle effects.

Meing — from Huanshi Ltd. available on the App Store and Google Play

We spend enough time online, molding our digital profiles that they can sometimes feel like extensions of ourselves. If that sounds typical for your relationship, it might be time to enter into the immersive realm by creating an official AR avatar of your significant other. Meing is a sophisticated app that allows users to create their own 3D Avatar using pictures or advanced 3D facial scanning tools directly from your phone’s cameras. You’re then free to put multiple avatars in motion using pre-animated AR gestures and movements that include disco dancing, a piano duet and even a pole dancing scene. When you share your avatar creations you gain energy points that can be used to accessorize your avatar with clothing, glasses and various hairstyles. Meing also features a built-in chat system so you can ditch that traditional dating apps and make a love connection using your carefully crafted avatar.

Augmented Reality is a technology that is changing the face of smartphone apps. We’re hoping these suggestions will help take it beyond the cool factor. Instead of heading to the Hallmark section of your corner store, take out your mobile device and head to the app store to download some free AR apps.