Articles Archive for February 2010
Today’s augmented reality games are a fun affair, shoot a few aliens, blow up a few planes, or put out a few fires all from the comfort for your own home. The only danger is banging your knee on a table as you turn around. But as technology gets more sophisticated and graphics get better, what are the implications of augmented reality games, will the technology make them to hot to handle?
Mobile World Congress was as usual a top event. This year there was a big AR theme including the augmented reality workshop that I ran at the Mobile Jam. Some really cool highlights include, TAT Augmented ID is no longer dream, face recognition is here and working on mobile devices.Mobilizy storm the NAVTEQ Challenge awards and are worthy winners with Wikitude drive. Oh and details of the next Augmented Planet event – coming soon to a city near you? perhaps!
If you have an idea for a new layer but have been put off developing it because there is no revenue opportunities then good news. Layar announce that from mid March developers will have the option to produce both free and chargeable content. Layar are making a serious bid to become the augmented reality application store for all devices.
Stuck for a beer? Tiger Beer is here. Tiger Beer are the latest brand to throw their hat in to the ring and release an augmented reality iPhone application. Like all augmented reality applications we have seen, it has an AR view, hold the device up and see the results in the camera view, or see them in a map. Nothing new there. But it seems that advertisers are finally catching on to the whole concept of augmented reality as a branding platform.
The latest update of the Wikitude World Browser hits the iPhone store. We take a very early look to see whats new, whats hot, and whats not.
You want Robot Vision? LinceoVR is a set of tools that enable developers to build augmented reality content, using their SDK a mash-up has been created that allows the Rovio web-cam to recognise markers turning the robot into a games platform.
Say augmented reality to any iPhone owner and they’ll say Wikitude or Layar. A detailed scan through the appstore shows there are more browsers than any other category of mobile augmented reality application. We continue the ultimate guide to iPhone augmented reality and focus on the augmented reality browser. Are there any threats to the Wikitude crown? What’s hot and what’s not.
Building augmented reality applications presents developers with a unique challenge. How do you build a user interface that presents a large amount of data to users, data that needs to reflect distance and location, and may have multiple data in the same location. Visually laying out that data is challenging. We look at some of the unique approaches some developers are taking to solve this problem.
iDRNAVI is a multifunctional drive-recorder that displays GPS data, acceleration, speed. Its also a GPS logger, will record up to 120 minutes of video and should you have a crash it will email the impact to any email address you specify. With a description and functionality like that it was just begging to be installed and tested.
But is it as good as it sounds?