Whether its for business, education or you just like travelling, learning a new language can have all sorts of benefits. Last year, ATi Studios released MondlyVR, a virtual reality (VR) version of its language learning platform Mondly for mobile headsets. With the rise of augmented reality (AR) thanks to ARKit and ARCore, the developer has just announced MondlyAR for Android devices.
MondlyAR features an avatar “teacher” who brings virtual objects – planets, animals, musical instruments and more – into the room as teaching tools, engages the user in conversations and gives instant feedback on pronunciation thanks to chatbot technology. By incorporating these lifelike elements in the lessons, students are more likely to understand, process, and retain what they are taught.
Users will have seven languages to chose from, American English, British English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and German with the studio expecting to be able to offer no less than 30 languages in AR by the next update in August 2018.
“Our goal at Mondly has always been to lower the barriers to technology-based learning,” said Mondly CEO Alex Iliescu. “While MondlyVR was a huge step in the right direction, with the release of MondlyAR, headsets are no longer a barrier to enjoying completely immersive language lessons with a virtual teacher who responds to your needs as a student.”
Having worked in close collaboration with Google the MondlyAR experience will be part of the tech giant’s first wave of AR apps support ARCore. ATi Studios also plan to launch MondlyAR in the Apple App Store by the end of the month. “Launching MondlyAR with the support of Google is tremendously exciting, and reinforces our belief that we are at the forefront of innovation in augmented reality apps,” Iliescu adds.
Supporting devices like Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, S9, Note 8; Google Pixel 1, 2; LG V30, V30+ Android, ASUS Zenfone AR and OnePlus 5, the MondlyAR functionality can be accessed by downloading the Android app available on Google Play. The introductory lessons are free and the complete experience can be accessed by purchasing Mondly Premium, which offers full access to lessons in 33 languages for $9.99 USD/month or $47.99/year. For further updates on either MondlyAR or MondlyVR, keep reading VRFocus.