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Best augmented reality (AR) apps for Android - Android Authority


Tuesday 12th of June 2012 / androidauthority.com
Augmented reality (AR) is a view of a real and physical image with some of its elements modified by computer generated effects, resulting in an enhanced perception of the real-time image. A perfect sample of augmented reality is the virtual score board while watching your basketball game.Google’s Project Glass is said to introduce augmented reality to its users. By just using the glasses, you can see your Facebook status, Twitter updates, maps, and a lot more running in the background of your physical environment.Augmented reality has also been integrated in apps on your Android device. By using your phone’s GPS, camera, and other sensors, you can view your surroundings with the added simulation of augmented objects.In this app list, we will be talking about some of the best augmented reality (AR) apps for your Android device.LayarLook beyond what meets the eye. Reveal the hidden digital information in your surroundings with the Layar app on your Android device. This app lets you view digital information called “layer” right on your device’s screen. Make
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Layar Reality Browser: Now Available On Android Market!


Monday 17th of August 2009 / phandroid.com
Another application destined to become a worldwide favorite, Layar Reality Browser has finally launched and is now available on the Android Market! The video below will illustrate what exactly Layar is all about:Essentially you’re using your phone like a camera so you can see the real world as you pan around, but the application utilizes your GPS location and G-Sensor to determine exactly what your phone/camera is pointing towards and provides you more information about it directly on your phone! But Layar introduces new layers of awesome because its technology isn’t just an application… its a platform.Developers can utilize the Layar API to create their own augmented reality layers for use within the app! According to the company’s Press Release, more than 100 developers currently have access to the API and right now some of the available layers include Wikipedia, Twitter, Brightkite, Yelp, Trulia, Store Locators, Nearby bust stops, Mobile coupons, Mazda dealers, Tourist information and much more!This is truly awesome! I would go into more depth explaining th
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Brightkite incorporates targeted ads into Android app


Monday 21st of December 2009 / androinica.com
When I interviewed the head of Geodelic in August, we discussed how soon it would be until users would launch an augmented reality app and see advertising. Brightkite is experimenting with that very concept with a change to their Augmented Reality app for Android. For the remainder of the month, Brightkite members can use the Layar-powered plug-in to see special offers from local retailers.Brightkite members searching to see what others are doing will occasionally see a notification touting deals available at nearby stores. While you’re eating lunch at Panera and browsing the app, it would show that the Best Buy in the mall has special deals. This isn’t a temporary thing, as Brightkite promises that it will add more stores in the future. All advertising would have to meet certain targeting criteria under the new program, so you probably wouldn’t get Bed, Bath & Beyond ads piped into your phone unless you did something to make it think such a pitch would be relevant to you.I’m a bit on the fence about such advertising because I don’t like ads in gene
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Layar Android app augments reality with POI's and more


Tuesday 16th of June 2009 / androinica.com
Android has an augmented reality. I had no idea exactly what that meant today, but Layar, “the first mobile Augmented Reality browser,” did a good job of drawing me in to find out.Layar adds real-time information about locations and points of interest on a user’s phone. Combining Android’s camera, GPS, and compass functions, it automatically detects what direction someone is facing and provides an alternate layer of information about his or her surroundings. Imagine you’re walking down the street and spot a sale sign in a neighborhood you like. Layar will display the asking price (if listed), Realtor contact info, and other homes in the area that are up for sale, including distance.Bars, clubs, jobs, healthcare providers, and ATM machines are also available in Layar, which is targeted currently for the Netherlands. Dutch Android fans will be the first to get this app, which partners with ING, Funda, Hyves, Tempo-team, and Zekur.nl for information supplied in each layer.The approach used in Layar is a twist on what we’ve already seen with location/
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Layar Reality Browser, Augmented Reality Makes A Splash: Android App Review


Wednesday 26th of May 2010 / androidheadlines.com
App Name: Full name of the app/rom and the company who makes the AppLayar Reality Browser, by Layar.comDescription: (From the maker’s Website): The official app/rom description and what the app/rom does.The Layar Reality Browser shows what is around you by displaying real time digital information on top of the real world as seen through the camera of your mobile phone. This technology is called Augmented Reality. We augment the real world as seen through your mobile phone, based on your location. How it works: The idea is simple: Layar works by using a combination of the mobile phone’s camera, compass and GPS data to identify the user’s location and field of view, retrieve data based on those geographical coordinates, and overlay that data over the camera view.How to use the app and the functions and the options.Opinion: Personal opinion of the app and how you use it.The Layar Reality Browser (wow, that’s a mouthful!) can be both a great utility to find something to eat, drink, or have fun with, but also, and more importantly, it’s a great way to show off the capabilitie
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what is android market.


Wednesday 29th of December 2010 / androidforums.com
What is Android market and how do l get onto it.l have just got a LG540 and do not know how to use any apps so help would be great.Is Android market free, what does it do, do l have to do anything on my phone to get onto it.My phone also has things like APP Advisor.. Foursquare Layar Quickoffice RSS Reader Shazam Google Mail... and many more and l'll be honest l have'nt a clue what to do to get them, do l have to register for them are they free.Are there any good free things l can download on here for the phone.... Hope someone can help me out here. THANKS
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Layar's Augmented Reality is Dreamy [VIDEO]


Tuesday 16th of June 2009 / androidguys.com
Augmented reality applications are changing the way we view the world.  No longer do we have to wonder what’s on the other side of town or, for that matter, on the next block.  Android users are able to pull out their handsets and run apps like Wikitude, nru, and now Layar to see where they are relative local to points of interest.Today we see the announcement of Layar, an app which combines the camera, GPS, and compass to help locate houses for sale, popular bars and shops, jobs, health care providers and ATMs.  While only available in the Netherlands initially, Layar is getting rolled out to Germany, the UK and the United States later this year. When launched, it will be a free download in the Android Market.We could see scores of companies hopping on board with this technology.  Find out quickly where the nearest coffee shop, gas station, or bank is without doing a Google search. Further, it would be quite compelling to see where your contacts are based off of their respective GPS location.  Send off a message and tell your friends to meet you at the bar. 
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Layar 3D Video Demos Looks Sick


Thursday 24th of September 2009 / phandroid.com
If you haven’t heard (and you probably have), Layar has added 3D capabilities to their Augmented Reality Browser. You may wonder what that means and rather then try to explain in some technical terms, check out these videos that the company put together to illustrate:The pacman characters, airplane and 3D text were all rendered within the Layar browser. The company is giving development access to these 3D capabilities to 500 developers who can create new types of experiences for users of Layar. If you’re an interested developer visit http://dev.layar.com.  A new version of the app will be available on Android Market in November, coming with a Layar 3.0 version – perhaps it should be Layar 3D.0?Some interesting points are made in the Layar 3D FAQ:How does it work?Layar 3D makes use of OpenGL, the accelerometer, the GPS and the compass of the phone. Developers can place 3D objects in their content layers based on coordinates. Objects can be optimized in size and orientation to create an immersive and realistic experience. The 3D capabilities supports live downloading
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Layar Augmented Reality App Now Available in Android Market


Tuesday 18th of August 2009 / androidcentral.com
Layar, the world's first mobile augmented reality application, is now available for Android in Android Market. We urge you to go download it. Like right now. Okay. To give you a brief introduction on what Layar is, you can either watch this video or read our own description:Layar uses Android's GPS, camera, and compass features to display real-time information on the world before you. Think of it as an informative looking glass for the world, you point your Android phone in a particular direction and you'll receive details galore--points-of-interests, houses for sale, ATMs, jobs, and so much more. It'll give you the information about what you want to know--distance, store hours, etc--by just pointing in the right direction. It's pretty much Google Maps on ridiculously powerful steroidsThe real beauty of Layar is that they've opened up this 'reality browser' to third-party developers, over 100 developers have already developed layers for the application and 500 more developers will be jumping in. You can already see nearby Yelp reviews, tweets from Twitter friends around you, and so
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