iPhone Apps with Augmented Reality Interface

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This is a cool iPhone app to help passengers find the nearest subway station in New York.  It combines the use of compass, GPS, gyration sensor and camera.  Nice and simple user interface design that resembles the virtual screens seen in Ghost in the Shell.

Now all we need is a version for Tokyo :)

This kind of application is called Augmented Reality application.  Wikipedia has the following introduction:

Augmented reality (AR) is a field of computer research which deals with the combination of real-world and computer-generated data (virtual reality), where computer graphics objects are blended into real footage in real time. The term is believed to have been coined in 1990 by Thomas Caudell, an employee ofBoeing at the time[1].”

If you watch sci-fi movies or anime, you would be quite familiar with the concept of AR.  It is awesome to see AR becoming more popular on the iPhone platform.

More Augmented Reality videos for your viewing pleasure:

Augmented Reality Examples at Berlin Webinale 2009 from Mihai Corlan on Vimeo.

iPhone 3GS Augmented Reality from Chris Hughes on Vimeo.

There are a lot of other AR applications outside of the iPhone platform.

levelHead v1.0, 3 cube speed-run (spoiler!) from Julian Oliver on Vimeo.

Augmented Reality – VFX Breakdown from soryn on Vimeo.

Toyota: Augmented Reality from Crossmediaboek on Vimeo.

AR Cards on 奇跡体験!アンビリバボー from Marco Tempest on Vimeo.

2 replies
    • Kam
      Kam says:

      AR really puts a futuristic spin to how we can use gadgets and information available to us. It is fascinating stuff.


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