'Layar' Shows Augmented Reality Possibilities on iPhone 3G S

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A new augmented reality app called Layar is making the rounds on the web as an example of what can be done with Augmented Reality. Layer (via 9to5Mac) is described as the world's first mobile augmented reailty browser.
    The app accomplishes this through the use of the Compass, camera and GPS embedded within the phone. The developer's video shows it running:

    Article Link: 'Layar' Shows Augmented Reality Possibilities on iPhone 3G S

    The app is first available for the Android devices but they are working hard on porting it to other platforms "with a prime focus on the iPhone 3G S.". The iPhone 3G S is the first Apple iPhone to contain a digital compass which is required for such applications.
  2. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Wiliam Gibson strikes again: He talked about just this sort of thing in his most recent novel, Spook Country, although in the book his characters wear VR helmets that are GPS-enabled to know where the wearer is and what they are looking at. (He also covered this territory back in 1993, in Virtual Light. There it was VR sunglasses that contain geospatially-tagged information.)
  3. carfac macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
    That is so cool. Are they making a version for the Pre?
  4. needsomecoffee macrumors regular


    May 6, 2008

    Yep, a new level will soon be reached re: value of a mobile computer (aka iPhone, etc.)
  5. Josso macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Denmark, Europe
    Slick! :D

    I'm definitely going to buy the 3GS. (Don't have any iPhone)
  6. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    Pull this off and I'll be mighty impressed. Let's hope it's not vaporware.
  7. sbrhwkp3 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2005
    Lake George, NY
    What's the point?

    Alright, it's a cool demonstration of what technology can do, but who in their right minds would use something like this? :confused:

    So you lift up your phone, and look at the world through your camera lens, so it can tell you what each building is, even though there are signs that say it anyway? :confused:

    Maybe I'm missing something, but this seems, pointless.
  8. Fluffy Bunny macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2007
    Where are all the folks who were saying "whoop tee doo, a compass"?

    This looks very cool. Things like information about hotel vacancy, room rates, real estate, restaurant menus, bus schedules. Great for larger cities.
  9. H$R macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2008
    This will come some day soon hopefully.
    Maybe it will be the selling point for the next iPhone next year :D Built right into Google Maps!
  10. MvdM macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2005
    Lol, getting laid with Layar. This was all very close to Amsterdam's Red Light District. Next feature : find me a blond haired hooker that offers full service for a max price of €50.
  11. H$R macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2008
    It's just a nice gimmick. It's just one layer more of information. You could point onto a building and it tells you when it was built or what's in there and so on.

    Or for the army: you point on a building and it tells you if it's in a special zone or what the targets might be there. I think it could make life easier.

    Why google maps on your phone when you could just as easily take a map with you?
  12. Tubink macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2009
    Reading, PA
    Someone looking for a new apartment, maybe? Who in their right minds would use all of the fart apps?
  13. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    A lot of people were judging the value of the compass by the compass app, not that other apps could leverage it. Why can no one ever see the big picture, particularly whoever my boss is at the time.
  14. dazcox5181 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2005
    Essex, UK
    I have wikitude on my Htc magic which does same thing, great its coming for iphone too, shame though now I need something else to show off with
  15. leandromp macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    lol, so true!
    Love that video, Glad to hear their working for the iPhone version. Can't wait! :).
  16. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    For those who are pooh-poohing this sort of thing, there are lots of good examples of how it could be used in a very cool way. Here's one example:

    Imagine walking around museum. You see the paintings on the walls, and they have basic info like who the artist was and the title of the work. But then point your iPhone at the painting and click the "Get Info" button in your geospatially-aware browser. The browser checks your coordinates, determines that you're in the Louvre, figures out what painting you're looking at, and then displays detailed information, including (possibly) voice narration delivered through your headphones.
  17. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

    Tears Apart

    Jun 10, 2009
    Outside Closer
    Helmets are way out of fashion: shall we skip them and apply this technology directly to common glasses? Charles Stross not so exciting "Halting State" brings Gibson take on VR to the extreme - and as Gibson does in his latest novels - ties it to existing technologies. A revolution upon the way we look at things. Hope Apple will ride that!
  18. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    On Apple's 3G S demo video, they show the compass with an accuracy range. I think it varies, but it looked like maybe at least 15°-20° IIRC. Wouldn't you need better accuracy than that if you're going to be overlaying data on things as you spin around?
  19. toomuchrock macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2005
    I'd definitely use it. How about an architectural walking tour of a city? It knows where you are and plays the appropriate sound file as an intro. You point it at a building and it tells you information about it. Same could be done by pointing your phone at the skies -- "What is that constellation and what stars is it made up of?"
  20. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Not until it's beamed into my occipital lobe.

    Eden of the East style acceptable for now and for safety reasons.


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  21. toomuchrock macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2005
    Oh oh and man how cool is it that you could point it at a building and know who is in it? Dodgeball Foursquare Brightkite etc... You could track your friends real time with the new digital compass. I'm looking forward to it. No longer texting to say 'I'm here, where are you? Umm I don't see you?'
  22. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    The current Pre does not have a built-in compass, so therefore, it will not be able to run this app until it does.
  23. tufaw macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2008
    I want something along the lines of 10 seconds ago instead (link is to pro version, can't find regular one in US store). Delay the audio and do something funky with the video, that'd be great! :)
  24. troller macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008
    reality browser ?

    ok so a reality browser ? sounds cool !

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