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London dev claims first augmented reality iPhone app

updated 10:40 am EDT, Wed July 8, 2009

Augmented reality app

acrossair, a developer based in London, England, says it is waiting for approval on what should be the first augmented reality application for the iPhone. Called Nearest Tube, the app points users in the direction of the closest London Underground subway station. Distinguishing it from titles like Google Maps is the use of a live video mode, on top of which the app overlays graphics indicating which direction to travel.

In this main view, stations are identified by name and distance, as well as which subway lines connect. Holding an iPhone flat switches to a view of all 13 Tube lines, while tilting a phone upwards shows more distant stations in the form of stacked icons. Because the app relies on both compass and video fuctions, it is only compatible with the iPhone 3GS. Planned pricing is so far unknown.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Zaud

    Joined: Dec 1969


    First Augmented Real app?

    Actually - I disagree that the London "Nearest Tube" app will/might be the first Augmented Reality app on the iPhone. I've been watching this space for a while - and the first app to showcase Augmented Reality, IMHO was Pocket Universe for 3.0.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm not sure where the term 'augmented reality' comes from, but it is far from 'reality'. Reality, as we know from various TV shows, is all about putting people in strenuous or unusual circumstances they wouldn't normally be in, and then to watch to see how they react.

    Now that's reality!

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is this what we need? A bunch of people walking around with their iPhones in front of their face because they can't figure out how to read a map?

    Hope they're ready for the lawsuits from people walking across streets and getting hit by cars...

  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969



    aka "identify the tourist"

  1. loerchner

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Petition apple for API

    I have started a facebook group petitioning Apple to open the API for video augmentation. This will allow agmented reality apps in the store! Please join and pass it on:

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