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MacRumors
Oct 15, 2009, 10:18 AM
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Augmented reality startup Layar yesterday announced (http://layar.com/layar-is-in-the-iphone-app-store/) that its Layar Reality Browser iPhone application [App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=334404207&mt=8), Free, iPhone 3GS only] has been approved and is now available in the App Store. Layar is one of the most prominent (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/06/16/layar-shows-augmented-reality-possibilities-on-iphone-3g-s/) augmented reality platforms, which take advantage of the GPS and digital compass capabilities of the iPhone 3GS to overlay information on video feeds from the device's camera.


http://images.macrumors.com/article/2009/10/15/111437-layar_reality_browser_1.jpg http://images.macrumors.com/article/2009/10/15/111437-layar_reality_browser_2.jpg

Layar previously revealed that it is in the process of developing 3D capabilities (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/09/22/layar-augmented-reality-platform-to-gain-3d-capabilities/) for the platform, providing developers with tools to offer an even more immersive experience for users.

Article Link: 'Layar Reality Browser' Appears in App Store (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/10/15/layar-reality-browser-appears-in-app-store/)



nagromme
Oct 15, 2009, 10:32 AM
Looks cool, but what does it do? Apparently it browses multiple kinds of data from multiple sources you can choose from:

"While looking through the phone's camera lens, a user can see houses for sale, popular bars and shops, touristic information of the area, play a live game, etcetera."

http://appshopper.com/lifestyle/layar-reality-browser

Calvinatir
Oct 15, 2009, 10:35 AM
there's also a 17+ parental warning when installing... sexual reality?

Incindium
Oct 15, 2009, 10:40 AM
It requires 3.1 firmware to be downloaded/installed... Crap.

libertyforall
Oct 15, 2009, 10:51 AM
Cool like Yelp, but it is missing data points -- searching for Deep Dish Pizza, and it misses a Lou Malnatis & Giordanos just a couple miles away... Upon relaunch, it does not seem to keep the search term, even though it shows up grayed... Clearly needs work still.

JKColo22
Oct 15, 2009, 10:56 AM
Have not played with it too much yet buy pretty neat. Lots of differen options to choose from, still figuring everythin out. Overall, awesome concept that I have been waiting for. Yelp monocle was cool but I have been telling people that soon I will be able to look through the lens of camera and answer their question "I wonder what building that is?" Now I have made good on that promise.

Lightbrazer
Oct 15, 2009, 11:33 AM
So far way better than Monacle and on par with Robotvision. For some reason Monacle is completely wrong in my area (around philadelphia) it seems like 1/3 of the layars are correct, 1/3 are rotated 90 degrees things will show up to my right on the screen that are really directly in front of me and 1/3 of the layars are off by 180 degrees with things in front of me not showing up on screen till I turn completely around.

Robot vision and layar so far are spot on.

Shaan
Oct 15, 2009, 12:17 PM
UrbanSpoon, a very popular App for locating restaurants and bars, released an update for their app yesterday that added "Scope", an augmented reality version of their app. UrbanSpoon did a great job on it and you can even move your "blue dot" on the map if it is innacurate, which is a great feature. Definitely check out UrbanSpoon's Scope and Layar, both are better than Yelp's Monocle.

zombitronic
Oct 15, 2009, 01:02 PM
All this useful AR is cool but I'm really into it for the novelty purposes. I'm still waiting for an augmented King Kong on the Empire State Building or an augmented Godzilla roaming through Tokyo.

MarceePauff
Oct 15, 2009, 04:55 PM
Downloaded. Have no idea what to do now.

Ding.Dong
Oct 15, 2009, 05:15 PM
While these augmented reality apps are really cool to play around with, I agree that they're really just a novelty and don't really serve any practical purpose. Showing the information on a 2D map is a lot more effective and useful. I canít really someone walking around with an iPhone in front of their face looking for a restaurant or subway.

ouimetnick
Oct 15, 2009, 05:45 PM
Why the hell won't Apple let iPhone 3g owners have this too. Its still selling. It has not been discontinued yet.

antsh
Oct 15, 2009, 05:54 PM
For apps like these to work the phone needs to know which direction you're pointing the camera. This isn't really possible without the compass, so therefor only the 3GS would work.

CartoonHeroII
Oct 15, 2009, 06:13 PM
there's also a 17+ parental warning when installing... sexual reality?

Seriously, why would something like this have that rating? I appreciate the rating system, but its implementation sucks on the iPhone platform.

Arran
Oct 15, 2009, 07:05 PM
Seriously, why would something like this have that rating? I appreciate the rating system, but its implementation sucks on the iPhone platform.

Uncontrolled content, perhaps?

...of course, perhaps life should carry a 17+ parental warning :)

cal6n
Oct 15, 2009, 07:08 PM
Why the hell won't Apple let iPhone 3g owners have this too. Its still selling. It has not been discontinued yet.

it's nothing to do with Apple. They didn't write the app.

As for why the developer left the 3G out. It might be that this type of application would be nigh on impossible to code without the 3GS's compass. Either that, or they just want to wind you up.

I know which one of those my money's on...

:rolleyes:

iphones4evry1
Oct 16, 2009, 02:24 AM
Let me know how well this works. If it works well, then I am going to buy a 3GS and sell my 3G. What I really want (will this app do it?) is the reverse functionality of the Google Maps app. Instead of typing something into the search box, I want to be able to say "what's around me?" This new Layar app identifies what is in plain sight. I want to know about what is over on the next street also. Perhaps, it could resize as you resize the map. Perfect example: just a few days ago, my friends and I were trying to find a restaurant that we had been to a few years ago and we knew where it was but didn't remember the name. We were about three blocks away at a red light and wanted to know the name. Google Maps did not help.

MikeELL
Oct 16, 2009, 04:13 AM
Downloaded it. This is so cool. Useful? that's yet to be decided, but this takes my new number 1 spot as iphone demonstration app.

killerbunnie
Oct 16, 2009, 04:38 AM
brilliant advuce thanks, i am trying to find an 'air tagging' app but can;t find one? anyone know of a hack of real app availble?:confused:

ictiosapiens
Oct 16, 2009, 11:13 AM
For those that don't see the point of this, think of this kind of tech on digital tour guides and the like. I really hope lonely planet start including AR into their guides.

optophobia
Oct 16, 2009, 12:09 PM
actually you can see where people around you are twittering from. Its kind of freaky.

globalist
Oct 16, 2009, 12:18 PM
How good/usable is this app given the 3GS compass (at least on my device) is totally unreliable half the time?

I mean seriously, did you ever try to rotate your 3GS and had it consistently pointing the exact spot as being north, in a single "compassig" session?

michaellinehan
Oct 16, 2009, 06:13 PM
Why the hell won't Apple let iPhone 3g owners have this too. Its still selling. It has not been discontinued yet.

Could everyone on the Web who writes these kinds of posts, puh-lease just ask a question, before throwing a temper tantrum. Maybe even consider not throwing a temper tantrum at all! (Radical idea.)

E.g. try writing, "Does this work on 3G? If not, does anyone know why not?"
Then you'll get the answer (as you did) "Because it needs the compass in the 3GS to know where you are pointing the camera."

appleseed76
Feb 6, 2010, 07:24 PM
This would have been the perfect platform for augmented reality and it might still be with revision B next year!!! Holy crap I can see the whole population wandering around in a haze staring into screens... Oh wait that's already happening. Well anyway, I can't wait for some serious augmented reality video games as long as I don't accidently end up killing my neighbors. Just kidding.

leons
Feb 7, 2010, 10:54 AM
GONE! :eek:

andylyon
Feb 12, 2010, 05:36 AM
GONE! :eek:

Yeah what's the latest on this. Have they annoucned a time when it will be back up and the problems all fixed?

AnDy

karlrmac
Feb 15, 2010, 02:08 PM
How good/usable is this app given the 3GS compass (at least on my device) is totally unreliable half the time?

I mean seriously, did you ever try to rotate your 3GS and had it consistently pointing the exact spot as being north, in a single "compassig" session?

Your joking right? You do know that North will always be north no matter which way you point your compass....:eek:

globalist
Feb 15, 2010, 02:36 PM
Your joking right? You do know that North will always be north no matter which way you point your compass....:eek:

No way! SRSLY dude, that's deep!

Joking aside, the 3GS compass won't always point to the same "north" spot, that's all I meant.

Try to locate north with the 3GS compass and notice where the pointer is pointing, then rotate the device in your hand by a 20-30 degrees. The pointer doesn't return to the exact same spot it was before you rotated the device. You will most likely see that the "new north" it's pointing to is slighlty off the old one.

Hope this makes sense, I am not a native speaker.