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Augmented Tourisum

Submitted by on Monday, 10 August 2009One Comment

Welcome to Monday. I have a feeling this is going to be great week.

Please continue to send in your details if you are a developer looking for augmented reality projects to work on, or if you have tools/SDKs that you want developers to use. I do have one reader who is in need of a iPhone developer with augmented reality programming experience so ping me if you are interested in being put in touch.

Layar and Wikitude are great examples of applications that enable you to get more information on your surroundings, but what happens if you don’t want to, or can’t travel and still want to see some of the sights? Gamaray have come up with the interesting idea of placing 3D images on your mobile device and walk around them. As part of the application they have a service called ‘dimension’ that contains a list of virtual objects that can be interacted with, soon anyone will be able to upload their own 3D creations to become part of the Gamaray application.

This application has great possibilities for augmented tourism, let’s say I want to visit Stonehenge, I tell the application what I want to visit and it downloads the 3D model from the dimension service. In the comfort of my own garden I can then have the experience of walking around Stonehenge without the hassle of driving to Salisbury and paying to park. If it was raining it would be even more realistic. Gamaray is the first step on what could be a very interesting idea.

Gamaray is available for the Android device and has the following features:

  • 3D objects that you can actually walk around and view from different angles and distances.
  • Geo-located images and text boxes can also be displayed.
  • Each dimension can create a custom interface using image and text overlays.
  • Familiar web application programming model that uses a simple XML schema.
  • A radar widget with adjustable viewing range.

You can read more or find the download link here.

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