'Layar Reality Browser' Appears in App Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Augmented reality startup Layar yesterday announced that its Layar Reality Browser iPhone application [App Store, Free, iPhone 3GS only] has been approved and is now available in the App Store. Layar is one of the most prominent 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.

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    Layar previously revealed that it is in the process of developing 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
  2. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    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."

  3. Calvinatir macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2003
    there's also a 17+ parental warning when installing... sexual reality?
  4. Incindium macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2009
    It requires 3.1 firmware to be downloaded/installed... Crap.
  5. libertyforall macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2006
    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.
  6. JKColo22 macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2009
    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.
  7. Lightbrazer macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2008
    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.
  8. Shaan macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009
    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.
  9. zombitronic macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2007
    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.
  10. MarceePauff macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2007
  11. Ding.Dong macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2008
    Los Angeles
    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 can’t really someone walking around with an iPhone in front of their face looking for a restaurant or subway.
  12. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Why the hell won't Apple let iPhone 3g owners have this too. Its still selling. It has not been discontinued yet.
  13. antsh macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2007
    San Francisco
    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.
  14. CartoonHeroII macrumors member


    Apr 21, 2004
    Rigby, ID
    Seriously, why would something like this have that rating? I appreciate the rating system, but its implementation sucks on the iPhone platform.
  15. Arran macrumors 68040


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Uncontrolled content, perhaps?

    ...of course, perhaps life should carry a 17+ parental warning :)
  16. cal6n macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    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...

  17. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    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.
  18. MikeELL macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2006
    Perth, Australia
    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.
  19. killerbunnie macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2009
    Downloaded that app its superb

    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:
  20. ictiosapiens macrumors regular

    May 9, 2006
    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.
  21. optophobia macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Hudson MA
    actually you can see where people around you are twittering from. Its kind of freaky.
  22. globalist macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2009
    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?
  23. michaellinehan macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Hissy fits and temper tantrums

    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."
  24. appleseed76 macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2010
    No Camera on iPad? iSad. :(

    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.

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