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Find Out How AR is Changing Tourism

From instant recommendations to real-time guidebooks, AR is making the world a much easier place to explore.

If you think back to 10 years ago, back when mobile internet was a novelty used mainly for chatting, taking grainy pictures, and sending emails, you might remember that being a tourist was a lot of work… at least compared to today.

You had to bring along chunky, heavy guidebooks for each country or city you were visiting and you had to read them through before the trip. Oh, you also had to carry around a folder with endless sheets of paper: car, train, hotel, restaurant, and tour reservations. Last but not least, you had to bring your own map, which you had carefully studied and highlighted before the trip, making sure to mark down which roads to take, where to rest, where to eat, etc.

Figuring out what to do on a trip was a lot harder back then. You had to read through countless brochures and guides to decide which museums and tourist attractions were worth visiting.

When you think about it, it’s no wonder that travel agencies were booming. They did all the hard work for you, booked everything and even included a tour guide to drive you around, share all the fun facts about a city, and take you to all the good places.

Going From Paper To Digital

Thanks to 4G mobile internet, and advancement in smartphone technologies, traveling today is much easier. So much so in fact that people can simply decide to wing it… all you need is a smartphone with mobile data.

Today’s mobile internet, as you probably know, is much better than that of the olden days. With the tap of a finger, you can book a tour, car, or hotel; you can purchase tickets for museums, concerts or other attractions; you can request a car, rent a bike, and get food recommendations, among many other things.

You can even find, in less than ten seconds, the best bonsai store in San Francisco, the hottest club in Berlin, the best fried plantains in Colombia, and the best spot to take a picture in Santorini (you all know which one I’m talking about). Just think about how much time and effort all of this would’ve required ten years ago. Thanks to emerging technologies, we can figure all of this out in a matter of seconds no matter where we are… a quick mobile search and voilà!

Personalizing Travel With AR

As if that weren’t enough, tourism is about to get a lot easier and more satisfying for most people. We have Augmented Reality (AR) to thank for that.

Through apps like OVR, which are powered by AR, you can now walk into your hotel room and get instant recommendations: where to go, which places to visit, the best restaurants and bars, the entertainment options for the week…basically anything.

In fact, these recommendations can even be personalized and you can access them just by looking at your phone as you enter your hotel room. AR also enables people to personalize their surroundings, allowing them to adjust a room’s temperature, light, turn on/off music, and even order food.

Once you step out of your hotel room and step outside, you’re in for a treat with an AR Guidebook. See anything that stands out or that you like? Point your phone’s camera towards it and OVR can pull up it’s Wikipedia page and superimpose all the relevant information right on the app; which building it is, when it was built, what’s in it, who built it, who commissioned it, opening hours, relevant historical data, fun facts, reviews… basically everything.

Forget about heavy books and stopping to search for something. Instead of tapping and searching, simply point and read. Stumble across a street food vendor and it smells delicious? Point your camera and you’ll have immediate access to photos, the menu, prices, and reviews.

Just like travel agencies provided you with custom itineraries in the olden days, an AR Guidebook can generate personalized itineraries based on your interests and the length of your stay. You can make your experience even more personalized by letting the OVR assistant completely take over the guidebook duties.

Technology has made traveling easier by making it more accessible and easy to navigate, which is especially useful when it comes to deciphering a public transportation schedule in a country where they speak a foreign language and you can’t understand a word they’re saying over the loudspeakers.

Google maps first made it easier to know which bus or train to catch, AR is upping the game by enabling travelers to buy tickets, see schedules, and estimate the arrival time all in one place.

Forget about figuring out which platform the train will stop in or which side of the street to catch the bus. The OVR app can pinpoint your exact location through your phone’s GPS and the use of open street maps to help you find your way, which can come in handy, especially for those with a not so accurate sense of orientation.

Augmented reality is completely revolutionizing the way people experience travel. AR and platforms like OVR are making travel more intuitive, seamless, and overall more enjoyable.

About OVR

OVR is a cutting edge AR platform powered by the Ethereum Blockchain. OVR makes it possible for users provided with a mobile device or a smart glass to live interactive augmented reality experiences customized in the real world. OVR can be defined as a new standard in augmented reality where geographical experiences are based on the user’s position.

Website: https://www.ovr.ai/#intro

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