Lonely Planet, creators of the well known augmented reality city guide, today announced that they will slash their guide prices from $4.99 to 99¢ each. With the overwhelming majority of expected travelers this holiday season, these maps are sure to come in handy. Point your phone’s camera at virtually anything in the city and gain instant access to POI’s like sights, restaurants, bars and accommodations. This will drastically cut down your time in answering the age old question, “what are we going to do when we get there?” In addition, travelers will not have to worry about a data connection, as these guides are available offline, eliminating the fear of any roaming fees (maps not included offline). So, if you’re traveling this season, be sure to head over to Lonely Planet or the Android Market and look for your prospective city, because this deal is only available until Christmas Day! » Read the rest
Now that I just picked up the Inception BluRay, and gave it another watch, it got me thinking that it’s amazing how many things I understood more clearly than when I watched it in the theater for the 1st time. I encourage you to watch again, it’s awesome. That said, it also made me think, ‘I wonder if there’s an app for that?’ Well, there are many apps for Inception, some are just wallpapers, some the “inception” button… but what I wanted was to be the architect, to be the designer of my dream world, or perhaps others’.
Thankfully, Inception: Mobile Architect allows you to do that on your Android device with the aid of Google Maps. The wicked effect in the movie where the city blocks came on top of each other, you can do for any street shown in Google maps. How cool is that!. It may not be an app that I use nearly as much as Angry Birds or Bubble Defense, but its good for a few creative moments as you walk about your real world.
Best part here is that it’s free, and will work on any android device sporting Android 2.1 or higher.
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Navigon MobileNavigator USA has finally hit the Android market today and it’s about time. We first got a peek of the navigation app back in January when it was shown off at CES, so it took nearly 11 months before we got a chance to get our hands on it.
Aside from the standard text-to-speech and turn-by-turn directions, MobileNavigator brings a neat feature called Reality View Pro mode that shows realistic 3D views of the street signs and a new Reality Scanner mode which offers an augmented overlay with additional info at what you are looking at nearby. Pretty slick.
The app is available today and is on sale for $39 for the next 2 weeks. After that, the price climbs to $59. If you plan on picking it up, you might want to hop on wifi as the app contains full map data for the U.S. and will require 1.5GB of space.
So if you’ve read the latest Daniel Suarez novels involving the “Darknet” and believe that all we need to twist our visual world into another reality is to change the way we view things, literally, then Qualcomm has what you’re looking for.
Qualcomm is releasing its hyped Augmented Reality SDK where developers can take a stab at creating some really cool Android apps aimed at changing our perception of gaming, interaction, and well, our very senses.
Samsung is releasing an app for their Galaxy S that uses the camera to display whatever is in front your phone as the backdrop for as text messaging app. Clearly, they want to enable you to text without walking into trees or smashing into the car that just slammed on its brakes in front of you. (I mean, texting while driving is bad, don’t do it.)
This app will be available on Galaxy S phones from a Samsung app store. I have no idea yet whether or not they will charge for this, but I would hope not. It’s a cool idea, and I hope it finds its way to other Android devices.
Qualcomm it seems is trying to enter the mobile gaming market swinging. The tech giant has put out a press release detailing and demonstrating the ins and outs of their new “Augmented Reality” technology, which can turn a napkin into an arena. Qualcomm is also trying to pioneer cross platform gaming, which they claim is necessary to make some games financially viable. Just check out the video:
Qualcomm has announced plans to release the SDK for better augmented reality apps than have currently been seen on the market, beginning with Android devices.
“Augmented reality represents a quantum leap in the mobile experience,” said Matt Grob, senior vice president of engineering and head of corporate research and development at Qualcomm. “By offering a no-charge SDK with state-of-the-art image detection and tracking technology, we help developers create the new generation of applications that are richer and more compelling than anything seen on the market today.”
Mattell has created a proof-of-concept Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em game using the technology, and Unity technologies is on board to develop using the platform when it becomes available as well.
I’ve always found augmented reality apps to be fun in concept, but lackluster in their implementation. Sounds like Qualcomm plans to change all this. A beta version of the SDK will be available this fall, so we’ll see how it works in the real world.
[via Qualcomm Press Release]
Engadget have been lucky enough to get some hands-on time with SPRXmobile’s augmented reality browser for Android, and they seem impressed.
The software looks rock-solid and the initial data layers — ATMs, social joints like cafes and clubs, and job listings — appear fully populated and thus, useful. The ATM and cafe/club layers (or layars) are definitely helpful for serendipitous discovery though we’re still scratching our heads over the job search layar.
Layar is currently only available in the Netherlands, but is expected to expand to the US, Germany, and UK markets later this year.