Augmented Reality App 'Layar' Updates with New Design, Archivable AR Content

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Augmented reality service Layar has released an update for its iOS app today, bringing a complete redesign to the app as well as the ability to archive AR content for later viewing. The app also includes an integrated QR code scanner and a refined Geo Layer interface that allows the user to find points of interest within a physical location.

    Layar was one of the most prominent early apps to take advantage of support for augmented reality features enabled by Apple in iPhone OS 3.1 back in 2009. Layar is a free download in the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Augmented Reality App 'Layar' Updates with New Design, Archivable AR Content
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2008
    Remember trying it when it first came out, but nothing was really poppin' off back then.

    Interested to see how it has progressed, might check it out.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2004
    That must be really awkward for that lady to try to read the newspaper through her smartphone.
    She should probably just go to that newspapers website on her phone. :)
  4. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I remember back when everybody thought augemented reality would be huge. haha.
  5. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Most of that video's examples are very conventional 2D content called up using the camera. Glorified QR codes. And you'd be better off viewing that content full-screen, once detected, rather than superimposed on the camera feed.

    The really cool AR stuff is 3D content integrated with the 3D world, where there's a reason to keep seeing through the camera at the same time. (There's just a bit of that in the latter half of the video.)
  6. macrumors 68020


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    Could be cool.

    But all I keep seeing it deliver is more advertising.

    Needs a use people actually want. Gaming, entertainment, porn, etc...
  7. macrumors 68040

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
    Seems really cool. Wonder how close it will be to reality.

    The guy was using a Nexus 4 - on my Nexus, the battery would drop 40% if I scanned a milk carton and watched a video (until I rooted it)
  8. macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2003
    Alberta, Canada
    while cool

    While cool this doesn't really serve a need or purpose does it?
  9. macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Same here. I might check this out as well, see how far it has come...
  10. macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2013
    awesome:eek:! really different and great. downloading it right now:D
  11. macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    I hope the Google Goggles (or glass or whatever they call it) work the same way. Plus, if it tracks your eyes, you could look at the movie poster, watch the trailer, and purchase the tickets all HANDS FREE! Without having to hold your phone at arms length. (My biggest complaint about FaceTime...)
  12. macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2011

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