App of the Week

2 Sep 2009  6 Comments

Its that time again when we bring you the app of the week as we search for the best apps of 2009 on the various platforms. This time we take a stroll into the world of augmented reality.  Welcome to the future.

The application is called Wikitude World Browser.

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So what is augmented reality exactly?  According to Wikipedia…

Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with-, or augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery – creating a mixed reality.

Basically it uses real images to overlay computer generated images onto the physical environment. It may sound very confusing, but it is a very simple concept with a great experience for the user. To try and grasp the concept some more you may want to take a look at the video below.

 

There is a second part of the video you can find here.

So basically in Kuwait i have used it to see such things as al-Fayha, al-shamiya, al-rawdha, Moghul Mahal, Olympia tower, etc. just to name a few. You will get alot of areas in Iraq the more you extend the range of scope. Of course this is the kind of application that will be more useful when you are abroad as it has more points of interest like most GPS/points of interest/augmented reality apps.

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It can basically become a travel guide with you when you are out of town trying to find different areas to explore. From regular buildings to museums to restaraunts, you will find it all in this application. Of course you have the option to refine your search and select content overlays. Then you will select which display you want from three : CAM, MAP, LIST. All this on the home screen where it lists your current position according to your network provider if your GPS is turned off.  And then all you do is point, and move around like your using a video camera until you find something you like; then you can select it and see information about it among other things.

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Wikitude is currently available for free in the Android Market and should be available any day now for all you iPhone 3GS users through the iTunes App Store.  A great app that is alot of fun to use and at the same time very helpful.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

*Random information for the day : Disney will buy Marvel for $4 billion dollars, pending share-holder approval. Thats alot of zero’s. link

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  • rossoneri91

    do u think theyll make a version of this app for sony ericsson phones?

    • http://uptill1.com Triple-A

      Rossoneri91 : they should make one for Windows mobile and all platforms, which Sony Ericsson are u talking about specifically ?

  • DVLz

    Screen shot taken from ” Eden of the East ”

    img27.imageshack.us/img27/7632/83179966.png

    that is what you learn when watching animes

    • http://www.uptill1.com N

      LOL. DVLz, you need to get out more :)

  • DVLz

    N : It doesn’t matter if i’m at home or outside I still have access to the internet. Its part of me so by going out nothing will change except for the weather :P

    ” I kill you ”

    youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go

    • http://uptill1.com N

      Hahaha, Jeff Dunham is da man.

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