Layar – Mobile Augmented Reality Browser

20 06 2009

I already knew something like this would come out one day… but I didn’t expect it to be this soon, really:

Layar is a browser that integrates Augmented Reality technology with a mobile device, given it has GPS, a camera and compass (so it knows where the cellphone cam is facing). Already available for Android phones, and seems the creators, SPRXmobile, are willing to port it to other cellphones… like the new iPhone 3GS!
It’s kinda different from most Augmented Reality systems nowadays (like this AR magazine or Cyber Figure ARis) since it doesn’t actually uses image recognition software and markers, but GPS positioning and the compass to know where to display informations about the stuff you are seeing.
Very interesting stuff!

Source: Gizmodo

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