Wikitude and the augmented reality hype cycle
Floating around on Twittersphere this morning is a very interesting article on the augmented reality hype cycle. (read here)
The article that breaks down the technology in to 4 stages:
- Level 0 – Physical World Hyper Linking
- Level 1 – Marker Based AR
- Level 2 – Markerless AR
- Level 3 – Augmented Vision
Right now we are around level 2 with mobile applications beginning to use markerless AR. A good example or markerless AR is the Wikitude application for the Google Android G1 device.
It looks like a great application if you are a traveller.
Wikitude is a mobile travel guide for the Android platform based on location-based Wikipedia and Qype content. It is a handy application for planning a trip or to find out about landmarks in your surroundings; 350,000 world-wide points of interest may be searched by GPS or by address and displayed in a list view, map view or cam view.
Wikitude AR Travel Guide Part 1
Wikitude AR Travel Guide Part 2
At the moment the Google Android device appears to be hogging all the augmented reality limelight. With some of the new super powerful Symbian based devices coming out later this year I hope all that will change.
Have you used it?
If you have used the Wikitude application? I’m sure we’d all be intrested in hearing more