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Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Biggest Augmented Reality Trends of 2017



The adoption of augmented reality technology has been difficult, to say the least. One of the biggest challenges regarding this innovation that this is unchartered territory. It seems like most companies aren't sure of which direction to take, or how to apply AR technology to everyday situations. One constant within this argument though, is that augmented reality has limitless potential, and its applications are expanding daily.

By all accounts, augmented reality is changing for the better in 2017. With revenue in the AR industry projected to reach $90 billion by 2020, it's no question that people will be focusing on the trends that they see have the most potential. Here are the augmented reality trends that we believe will drive advancement in AR tech in 2017.

1. AR Product Support

Product support that uses augmented reality to assist in providing solutions is likely to emerge as a new method for companies to serve their customers in real-time. Through the use of overlays, augmented reality provides product makers and developers a new medium of communication for customers to provide support in things like installation, maintenance, repair, etc.

2. Apple Dives Into AR

Get ready for Apple to take a dive into the mobile AR market. With Google's involvement and success in the mobile VR market through Daydream, Apple is also trying to make a move in AR by pumping more money into research and development in this industry. In the past year, they've acquired up to four AR-related tech companies. With these investments and likely more on the way, be prepared for a big move from Apple in augmented reality.

3. Google Moves Into AR Territory

With Google's success in VR through Daydream, they are slowly trying to enter the AR market through a partnership with Lenovo. With the development of their advanced mobile AR platform Tango on the rise, Lenovo partnered with Google to make the first Tango-enabled smartphone, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro.

4. AR Smartphones

Lenovo's Phab2 Pro is not the only smartphone to enter the AR race. Asus has announced that they will also release their own Tango-enabled smartphone this year. With this technology already moving into production phase, it's no surprise that we could possibly see AR-centric smartphones as the rule, not the exception.

5. Marketing Disruption

AR has already eked out a spot in marketing strategies, but they've never been solidly used because of a lack of a viable mobile platform. With AR advancing at such speeds, though, it shouldn't be too surprising to expect new mobile marketing strategies that utilize AR for better customer leads and sales.

6. Mixed Realities

Mixed reality is a big topic of interest for AR developers. Microsoft, for example, came up with the HoloLens Development Edition goggles, which allows users to use Microsoft's software development kit (SDK) to create and innovate in a mixed reality space. Products and software of this nature could be coming up next in 2017.

7. AR Headsets

AR wearables will like make a comeback. Snapchat Spectacles, Eversight's Raptor AR Sunglasses, and castAR are all in the running to create efficient and functional AR headsets. The success of these devices lies in the belief that users should have access to AR information on a daily basis.

8. Expanded Enterprise Adoption

The availability and development of AR platforms will make it much more accessible across industry verticals. Expect to see a rise in AR tech being used in industries that haven't been introduced to it before. For example, logistics provider DHL is an example of a company that adopted AR for practical applications, something unseen in the logistics industry before.

9. AR to Beat Out VR

Virtual reality had its moments, but it's becoming clear to most people that AR is simply more useful and practical in a wider sense. Even though VR hardware came a long way, with the introduction of Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive, augmented reality had an even bigger hit with Pokemon Go.

10. Retail Will Drive AR

With AR platforms becoming more popular and accessible, especially AR-enabled smartphones, retail businesses will want to incorporate that accessibility into improved sales and marketing tactics. The real-time consumer insights provided by such technology will be equally attractive for the benefits they provide in optimizing marketing campaigns and boosting ROI.

11. Advanced AR Sensors

AR needs to be made easy for users to create their own augmented reality content. With the rise in AR popularity, AR sensors and software will be needed that are advanced enough to interpret our environment and use that data to interact with it. The more AR technology available, the easier it should be for people to be able to create their own AR experiences.

12. Large Demand for AR Developers

AR developers are identified as some of the highest paid tech specialists in the industry right now. With market projections of  $90 billion within four years, learning AR development could be something worthwhile for both new developers entering the market and for veteran developers looking to learn.

Augmented reality technology is being developed at a rapid pace as its popularity continues to grow. With its applications extending from everyday users to enterprises,the limitless potential of this tech is undeniable. To best harness the power of AR, take into consideration where it is now and where it is going based on the predictions above. 

PDF to Word Converter (Mobile Apps)

89% of smartphone users spend their time using mobile apps, according to stats found here. Productivity apps are definitely one of the most wanted category among users, because such apps can help you solve different work-related or school-related issues, such as note taking, sending emails, collaboration with your colleagues, document management, creating invoices and similar.

One such app that falls into this category is PDF to Word Converter. Its name speaks for itself- it converts PDF files to Word which basically means the app enables editing data saved in a PDF form, by turning it into a document format that is far easier to edit and manipulate.

General Specifications of the App


PDF to Word Converter can be download on both Android and iOS platform and these are the requirements:

  • Android version 4.1 or later
  • iOS version 9.0 or later
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
  • Also compatible with any Android smartphone and tablet device

PDF to Word Features


With this app you can convert native and scanned PDF documents to Word. The app is free and there are no limits on the file size or the number of converted files. Although, there are some in-app purchases, the conversion quality is the same. In other words, if you use the free version you rely on the same conversion technology. Conversions are pretty accurate and very close to the original, but the result also depends on the original file quality. The only disadvantage of the free version is that you need to wait for one hour to get a converted file.

Once the file is converted, you will need to open it in MS Word app or any other app that opens Word files such as LibreOffice, Office Suite and others. With this app you will be able to edit text from the PDF documents and to reuse old invoices, resumes and other documents. By doing so, you will save a lot of time, because you won’t need to make a resume, an invoice or other business documents, from scratch.

PDF to Word also gives you an option to select a file that is stored on your cloud. For instance, if your file is stored on Dropbox, you can access Dropbox via PDF to Word Converter and choose the file you want to convert. Other cloud systems that are supported are: Gmail (only for iOS), Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, iCloud (iOS only). These cloud services used to be paid and now they are given for free.

To sum up, here are the features of PDF to Word Converter:
  • Converts scanned and native PDFs
  • Fast (paid version only, otherwise  you wait for 1 hour)and high quality conversions
  • Upload files directly from Gmail(only for iPhone), Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, iCloud (iOS only)
  • Batch conversion, convert multiple files at once (this is not a free option and it works only on Android)
  • You can rename the converted file (iOS only)
  • No limits on the size of the file, or the number of converted files

How does it work


Both Android and iOS version of PDF to Word Converter have very intuitive user interface. There are small differences between the user experience on Android smartphone or tablet and on iPhone or iPad. Check it out:

iOS user guide:
  • Start the app and select the file from the phone or from the cloud (iCloud, Gmail, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive)
  • Tap on the file and the conversion will start

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Android user guide:

  • Tap on the plus button to add a file
  • Choose to add a file from the device or from the cloud (Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive)
  • The conversion will start and you will be able to see the file converting

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Conclusion

There are many PDF conversion apps available for mobile devices, but this one offers high quality technology, combined with the latest trends of cloud system availability and advanced OCR. It will help you finish your document management tasks and give you more time to do something more interesting.