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Augmented Reality iPhone – June Stats
Mon, 12/07/10 – 12:19 | One Comment
Augmented Reality iPhone – June Stats

June was a busy month for iPhone developers, with 42 new augmented reality applications being published to the Apple App Store. In addition, there were 57 updates to existing augmented reality application over the month.

Try junaio GLUE – demo
Thu, 8/07/10 – 20:24 | 2 Comments
Try junaio GLUE – demo

If you’re looking for your first demo of feature tracking for the iPhone (I’m pretty sure the feature is also there for junaio Android users) then make sure you have junaio installed, go to the featured channel and click the GLUE demo option.

Metaio change the game with junaio glue
Thu, 8/07/10 – 12:46 | 3 Comments
Metaio change the game with junaio glue

Natural feature tracking is going to be big and take the mobile world by storm. At Augmented Planet we think what while iOS3 represented the year of the augmented reality browser, iOS4 will become the year of the natural feature tracking application.

These are just some of the scenarios that natural feature tracking makes possible, and hopefully we can expect in the future:

Rock’em Sock’em Robots
Tue, 6/07/10 – 21:35 | 6 Comments
Rock’em Sock’em Robots

Android owners have been able to enjoy natural feature recognition applications for sometime. Recently Zenitum where showing off their Space InvadAR game, but beyond that, for some strange reason despite developers having full access to the camera we haven’t seen a huge number of natural feature recognition games arriving on the platform

Augmented Reality Keepie Uppies
Mon, 5/07/10 – 10:07 | 7 Comments
Augmented Reality Keepie Uppies

The most popular genre of augmented reality games so far are those that require you to pan around and flight the aliens, ghosts, slime or whatever else comes at you from all sides. With iOS4 opening the camera API for developers we’ll start to see image recognition games making an appearance very soon.

Ambush marketing in the virtual space
Tue, 22/06/10 – 14:55 | 9 Comments
Ambush marketing in the virtual space

The whole ambush marketing thing is interesting, what happens if I go to the World Cup and use a product like TagDis and leave a graffiti tag to say ‘Drink Pepsi’ rather than Coke. The tag is left in virtual space but who controls that, who would even know? In the future will we see teams of branding police patrolling venues with mobile devices looking for virtual tags and advertising? Perhaps they already are.

IBM Seer Application 2010
Wed, 16/06/10 – 10:28 | One Comment
IBM Seer Application 2010

The IBM Seer application is ‘the’ essential application for tennis fans attending Wimbledon this year. If you haven’t heard of Seer, it tells you everything you need to know about what is happening at Wimbledon. And when we say everything we really mean everything.

Real-time tracking and Layar 4?
Wed, 16/06/10 – 9:23 | 5 Comments
Real-time tracking and Layar 4?

I came across an augmented reality demo a few weeks back that showed real-time tracking of players in a football game to show when they strayed offside. Assuming it is real, the most interesting bit is that the description says ‘based on Layar technology’

Exclusive report: Augmented reality and the adult entertainment industry
Tue, 15/06/10 – 14:08 | 8 Comments
Exclusive report: Augmented reality and the adult entertainment industry

What has surprised me more than anything has been the lack of activity around augmented reality from the adult entertainment industries. Augmented reality would appear to be the ideal next generation technology that enables users to control their own movies but there is a distinct lack of content. So to answer the question, why is the adult entertainment industry not on the augmented reality bandwagon, we decide to ask the question to Quentin at Pink Visual, one of the leading mobile erotica companies around.

AR Monopoly Concept
Mon, 14/06/10 – 22:28 | One Comment
AR Monopoly Concept

Every now and then an augmented reality concept will popup that you know will never see the light of day no matter how much you want it. AR Monopoly is a good example of what looks like a university project based around the famous board game.

iPhone Natural Feature Recognition Game – Coming Soon
Mon, 14/06/10 – 22:07 | 2 Comments
iPhone Natural Feature Recognition Game – Coming Soon

Apple have opened up the iPhone camera API for developers, July promised to be an interesting month and we should see some interesting applications being made available. The first of which is Flying Legends a natural feature recognition flight sim

Augmented reality the future of interactive tryvertising
Fri, 11/06/10 – 13:30 | 5 Comments
Augmented reality the future of interactive tryvertising

Seeing how a particular outfit will suit you is just one aspect of creating desirability in store and converting a user from a ‘tryer’ to a ‘buyer’. Many people would be forgiven for thinking that augmented reality is just an in-store sales gimmick, however unless you are in the retail business it’s easy to forget the potential cost saving such a system can bring.

The Mobile Augmented Reality Competitive Landscape
Wed, 9/06/10 – 16:08 | 6 Comments
The Mobile Augmented Reality Competitive Landscape

Our research showed that there were 338 applications listed as ‘augmented reality applications’, plus we found a further 42 applications that were not listed as augmented reality applications but we included in our data. The total applications included in the data is 380 applications.

Who you gonna call? Ghost Bastards
Wed, 9/06/10 – 13:46 | One Comment
Who you gonna call? Ghost Bastards

If you have played Pandemica or Arcade Reality then the game is very similar, only this time instead of pitting your wits against an Alien attack you’ll be fighting for survival against hordes of ghosts who’ll attack you with their ectoplasm.

TagDis Urban Graffiti iPhone Game
Tue, 1/06/10 – 18:19 | 6 Comments
TagDis Urban Graffiti iPhone Game

The battle lines are drawn. Dig out your spray cans and spray your neighbours house with graffiti, team up with your friends to become the neighbourhood graffiti king.

Microsoft Tags – 2D Mobile Tagging Barcodes
Tue, 1/06/10 – 15:45 | 2 Comments
Microsoft Tags – 2D Mobile Tagging Barcodes

I have been meaning to write about Microsoft Tags for a while, and since yesterday I was on a rant about QR Codes now is as a good a time as ever. Microsoft Tags and QR Codes are like peas in a pod. Both offer you dynamic links so you can update where the code points and both can give you rich stats enabling you to the monitor the efficiency of your campaign and well as track the geographic location of your visitors. So what’s so different about Microsoft Tags?

The Resurrection of QR Codes?
Mon, 31/05/10 – 16:34 | 8 Comments
The Resurrection of QR Codes?

Apparently Facebook are trying to resurrect QR Codes. Isn’t it time this technology be confined to history and the world moves on and embraces the future. A future where Markers give us the opportunity to interact with 3D and not simple redirection to a website?

Explore London with augmented reality
Fri, 28/05/10 – 17:59 | 3 Comments
Explore London with augmented reality

Two excellent augmented reality applications for Londoners and visitors to the capital. Find out how London looked in the past and what books have a London setting

ARE2010 – 2 Free Tickets
Thu, 27/05/10 – 18:06 | 3 Comments
ARE2010 – 2 Free Tickets

We have 2 free tickets to give away for ARE2010. Just tell us why you deserve a ticket and you could be the winner.

Explore Audio Augmented Reality With Toozla
Thu, 27/05/10 – 17:16 | 2 Comments
Explore Audio Augmented Reality With Toozla

Toozla looks like it will be a surefire winner, if you are travelling you have access to your very own audio tour. No waiving your mobile device around in an unknown area, just put in your earphones and when something interesting is nearby the application will tell you.

Soccer City World Cup AR Stadium Tour
Tue, 25/05/10 – 20:44 | 7 Comments
Soccer City World Cup AR Stadium Tour

The latest demo to hit the web is for Soccer City which is one of the major showcase stadiums that will play host during the Cup. It’s a simple run of the mill demo, just print the marker and hold it up to your webcam and move around the stadium in 3D

Augmented Reality Playboy Concept
Tue, 25/05/10 – 14:30 | 2 Comments
Augmented Reality Playboy Concept

Own your own lap dancer courtesy of augmented reality.