The future of Augmented Reality

The Augmented Reality technology has come a long way over the last couple of years. Brands from around the world have been actively using it in their campaigns to engage their target audience. Still we are yet to see it play an everyday role in our life’s.

A recent video released by Hidden Creative shows how cellphones or a digital devices can be used to scan ones surrounding and get live information on the spot. The video also demonstrates how augmented reality can overlay objects in a real-life space to help users with renovations by virtually rearranging furniture or configuring the colors virtually…

But before we even get to a future like this, companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft/Nokia, along with their developers, will need to standardize the Augmented Reality experience on their respective platforms. One master app that runs across all the platforms could be the start as right now the app stores are cluttered with a large number of Augmented Reality apps.

The TimeKiller App

For the last two years in a row, SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) has won the award for being Europe’s most punctual airline. With their ad agency SWE Advertising Stockholm, they created a great little time wasting utility app that isn’t actually made for its loyal customers, but for their competitor airline customers. 😎

The idea was to poke a little fun at SAS’ competitor airlines by suggesting to their customers that they’ll need this app from SAS because chances are, their flight will be delayed and they will need something to kill their time with…

I bet you can QUIT

Shocking anti-smoking campaigns don’t really work. So the American Cancer Society with their agency Ogilvy New York have taken the social media approach to drive home the message.

The campaign targets the friends of the smokers instead of the smokers themselves to quit smoking…

Singles Finder App

Ogilvy Interactive has developed a “Singles Finder App” for, a major Argentinian dating portal. Their concept was simple…”Love is out there. If we get organized, there’s plenty for all”.

With Buenos Aires being one of the cities with the best nightlife in the world, having thousands of bars, discos and pubs to choose from can be a problem. All these options make it difficult to find and meet single men and women. With the “Singles Finder”, a free Smartphone App for the iPhone, users were able to get the exact amount of single prospects in each location. The best part was that they knew where to go well before.

Budweiser Ice Cold Index

Irish people have always been fascinated by the weather but their interest is set to reach new heights this summer with the launch of the Budweiser Ice Cold Index.

The Budweiser Ice Cold Index App is set to show you the local weather, then spit out redemption codes for free or discounted beer at nearby participating pubs. The higher the temperature, the less you’ll pay for your pint. πŸ™‚

This app literally moves people into the selling space, provides refreshment, and so it should gain some loyalty points with the customers as well. Too bad it’s only in Ireland!

Fiat Street Evo

Leo Burnett Iberia has launched a new app called Fiat Street Evo [iTunes Link], which is also the world’s first not-printed car catalogue! Its a catalogue that’s virtually on every street in your city!

Fiat Street Evo recognizes traffic signs as if they were QR codes and associates each sign with a feature of the new Fiat Punto Evo. For example; a STOP sign will tell the user all about the new breaking system, a CURVE ahead sign will tell the user that the car has an intelligent lighting system that guides you in curves. And the list goes on with every feature of the car.

Interactive iPad ad for VGT

VGT (an association combating animal factories) in collaboration with Austrian ad agency Demner Merlicek & Bergmann, created an iAd for the iPad version of DATUM magazine.

In the iAd you could see a young lady wearing a fur coat. When the iPad user would want to continue browsing by making the finger-wipe movement he would find that every finger-wipe would leave behind blood stains on the fur. The more he tried, the more blood would appear.

SAS “Up for Grabs”

To promote a million seat fare sale, Scandinavian Airlines via Crispin Porter Boglusky Stockholm ran a competition on Facebook where SAS fans could grab a free trip. All the fans had to do was make their profile pic into a custom made Up For Grabs image and simply post a matching image where they grab the trip on the SAS Facebook wall.

The campaign was against the Facebook promotional terms & conditions, so eventually it was shut down. But not before a winner was chosen!

Nutricia Baby Connection

Young parents all over Belgium rely on Nutricia babyfoods every day. So ad agency Duval Guillaume helped Nutricia find a new unique way to support mums even before their baby is born – with Baby Connection: a unique iPhone app that helps gets the dad more involved in the pregnancy.

Baby Connection works best when you use it as a couple. There’s a mum version and a dad version – and everything each parent adds is automatically synced with their partners’ phone. The app can even transform two iPhones into one big screen.

Have a look at the demo to see how it works:

To launch Baby Connection, Duval Guillaume even came up with a campaign that’s as unique as the app itself. Have a look at what they did: