Augmented Reality (also known as AR) has turned quite a few heads recently. It involves using your smart device like a “looking glass” to manipulate the world around you. The technology has been integrated into several apps from the Qualcomm Augmented Reality Competition, and is making its way into many exciting new applications that we could use every day. For example, there is an app in the works that allows kids to interact with a toy before they buy it.
Now, Augmented Reality has a new shoot-em-up spin for your Android, iPhone or Windows Phone device. The XAPPR gun, brought to you by MetalCompass, attaches to your phone and transforms it into a virtual killing machine. More specifically, it allows you to turn and shoot in real life as the image on your cell phone is following your moves. You can preorder it before its June release on the company’s website for $30, plus $15 shipping in the US. The XAPPR takes old school Duck Hunt to a whole new level. It doesn’t get much better than turning your cell phone into a gun, right?
There are several games that have already been developed to be compatible with the XAPPR, like AR Invaders, ATK, AR Wars and Spray’Em. Apps like ATK are multiplayer and enable you to play against other XAPPR toting comrades, in a cellphone version of laser tag. However, only AR Invaders is currently available in the Android Market. The high tech gun is made to work with other apps, so we just have to wait for the developers to jump on board and make more fun games for Android users.
Source: The XAPPR Gun
So much for our excitement for UK owners finally getting Galaxy Nexus accessories. We initially thought Galaxy Nexus owners across the pond would see the first batch of accessories by mid-January, but Clove has formally announced a change in the release date to around February 13th. Clove is quoted as saying that “delays from Samsung” are the sole reason for the unexpected turn of events.
While this is disappointing for UK Galaxy Nexus, at least February 13th isn’t too far away.
[via Clove UK]
We may not have a Galaxy Nexus yet, but it doesn’t mean we can’t get a glimpse of one of its accessories in action. The fine team at Droid Life have stumbled upon that 2100mAH accessory. You know, that oh-so heavy duty battery we spoke of before? There has been minor chatter around regarding the extended battery potentially adding some extra girth to the phone. Well kids, you need not worry any longer as the extended battery will make little-to-no difference in the size of the phone. And for those who are non-believers of the extended battery’s slim size, there’s actual pictures and video demonstrating the GN wearing the extended battery and you can clearly see the phone remains relatively slim. I’ve got a funny feeling that many customers will go after the accessory now knowing it won’t make their phone resemble a paperweight. Check out additional pics and the actual video after the break.
Let’s keep up with the topic of the anticipated release of the Galaxy Nexus this Friday, shall we? As information, accessories and details continue to pour out, consumers are expecting to find something clever from Google and/or Verizon, right? You’re in luck. The fine folks at Droid Life stumbled upon what appears to be the most clever design for packaging of an Android device. The box appears to be an ice cream sandwich complete with an Android logo on the front. Oh and if you look carefully, you can clearly see Galaxy Nexus embedded on the box. We can’t be sure if this is the actual packaging of the device or if it’s just a promotional box. Let’s hope it’s the former because I think most people would love to have their phone come out of the ice cream sandwich box.
(Photo courtesy of Droid Life)
[via Droid Life]
I don’t know about you, but here at Talk Android we love ourselves a good special and so when one comes along worth mentioning, we’re on it. According to our friends over at Droid Life, they’ve received word that if you purchase a Droid Razr before Christmas Day they’re offering a whopping $50 bucks on any Motorola branded accessory. Of course at this time it’s only for Motorola branded accessories and nothing else, such as a Lapdock or an HD Dock. The only issue we could find with the deal is that you may be required to purchase that accessory at the time of the sale. Enjoy.
[via Droid Life]
A couple of days ago we mentioned that Verizon stores were receiving a few Motorola XYBoard tablet accessories and now it looks like a couple more Galaxy Nexus goodies have arrived as well. As soon as you can get your hands on this new beauty of a phone (when they finally decide to release it), you might want to check these out.
There is a “Power and Protection Package” that includes a black hard case and holster with built in kickstand (similar to the RAZR’s), a universal car charger with extra USB charging port, and three screen protectors for $49.97. The “Spare Battery Charging Kit” looks to be the real gem out of the two and includes a spare 1850mAh battery with charger, and a dual USB cable so you can charge the spare battery and your Galaxy Nexus Simultaneously. According to the photos, retail price for the spare battery set-up appears to be $39.99, and with LTE’s notorous excessive battery drain, that might be money well spent.
We are still crossing our fingers for the rumored Galaxy Nexus release this Friday, Dec 9th, and we will let you know once we get some official confirmation. Jump past the break for some more accessory photos. I know this is kind of a tease but at least this means we should be getting close.
People living in the UK suddenly have another reason to make fitness fun. Motorola Mobility UK has just unveiled the MOTOACTV™ fitness companion. In case you’re unfamiliar, this attractive device is part fitness performance tracker and part smart music player. The MOTOACTV’s objective is to simulate having your favorite fitness instructor and DJ helping you train at an optimal level during workouts. The device features a cool 8GB of storage– good for up to 4,000 songs, 1.6-inch screen with Gorilla Glass, the option to sync the MOTOACTV with your Android phone to receive calls and texts and Bluetooth 4.0.
The list doesn’t stop there either. Motorola Mobility realizes the need for users to keep track of their goals, records and trends. The MOTOACTV uses Motorola AccuSense™ technology and GPS to ensure measurement accuracy of your performance. “Your time, distance, speed, heart rate and calories burned are all measured, so you can reach your fitness or weight loss goals faster than ever”. What’s even more cool is the ability to upload your workouts to MOTOACTV.com– which is cloud-based, meaning you can upload all your statistics and trends to the website and see your strengths or overcome your weaknesses. Sounds cool, right? We know you’re interested in more information for the cool fitness device, so you need to hit the break to find more details in the presser.
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The Droid 4 isn’t even out yet and it looks like it will be receiving some accessories support. The Droid 3 as you may remember did not receive this treatment, so it’s nice to see the Droid 4 getting some accessories love. It appears that the device will get multiple LapDocks and a wireless keyboard with trackpad. This is different from a bluetooth version so it will be interesting to see how this compares.
This phone follows the same form factor as the Razr, and is dubbed the “Razr with a keyboard”. Given the specs, I would say this is pretty close to being accurate. Given it’s slated launch of December 8th, the phone is coming quick. What do you think? Will you be getting one, if so, will you be getting some of it’s fancy accessories?
[via Droid Life]