Just a few days ago, a close friend had his iPhone 3GS stolen while going through his daily exercise over at Life Time Fitness, for those who know what that is. Unfortunately, he had forgotten to activate the “Find My iPhone” feature just recently made available for being able to
A new game has hit the App Store that combines the thrill of a first person shooter with the immersive quality of augmented reality. Called Gunman [App Store, $0.99], the game is possibly one of the most exciting iPhone games to date. The crazy thing about it is that unlike most first person shooters today that are centered around a fictional setting and cast of somewhat-plausable characters and events, Gunman is set in your world. The main character is you, and your nemesis is a real person. Video after the break.
There have been a lot of apps in the App Store for helping you find where you parked your car, but now there's one that shows you where it is with the awesomeness of augmented reality. Car Finder [App Store, $0.99] lets you look around you through your iPhone and spot your vehicle as clear as day, regardless of seeing conditions.
The App Store recently saw yet another augmented reality app get released for the iPhone 3GS. As you can probably guess from the name, Wikitude [App Store, Free] brings Wikipedia into the digitally-enhanced world that is augmented reality. Using it, you can view Wikipedia information about real-world locations while looking at the real world through your iPhone.
Layar [App Store, Free], the highly anticipated augmented reality application for the iPhone 3GS, was recently released in the App Store. The Layar browser lets you view things like "houses for sale, popular bars and shops, touristic information of the area, play a live game, etcetera," presented in a layer over live video taken through the camera in real time.
Urbanspoon [App Store, Free] has been updated to add an awesome shiny new augmented reality mode called "Scope." When viewing it on your device normally, it shows your location as a blue pin in Google Maps, and nearby restaurants in red pins. Aiming the camera at the horizon, however, causes it to switch over to a live camera feed with nearby restaurant locations layered over it.
Yelp is a free service for finding information and customer reviews on local businesses like bars and restaurants by searching or using location services. Today Yelp version 3.0.0 was released that not only ads some cool new features, but an easter egg in the form of an augmented reality interface. Video after the break! (Scroll down a little...)
According to the LA Times, Apple will finally be allowing applications like Layar and TwittaRound that use the 3GS's combination of digital compass, live video and internet connection to superimpose a layer of content over the real world, thereby "augmenting" our reality (hence the term). Sources allegedly indicate that Apple will be releasing iPhone OS 3.1 in September, which will add the ability to make apps like these possible.
Augmented reality apps are quickly becoming the next big thing, even if none currently exist yet for the iPhone. The latest concept is TwittaRound, which combines your world with that of the Twitterverse, showing nearby recent tweets overlaid on top of the horizon using GPS, the compass and accelerometers, and access to Twitter. Video after the break.
A new augmented reality application called Layar is getting attention today with a new video demonstrating some of the things that are possible with Augmented Reality. Described as the world's first augmented reality browser, it combines information from the GPS, camera, and digital compass to add a layer of virtual reality on top of the real-life reality, hence the term "augmented reality". Video after the break.