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First augmented reality app reaches App Store

updated 09:40 am EDT, Wed August 26, 2009

1st augmented reality app

Beating out acrossair's Nearest Tube, French company Presselite has released the first augmented reality app for the iPhone, Metro Paris Subway 3.0. Previous versions have relied on 2D maps as users navigate the Paris subway system, identifying routes and points of interest. Version 3.0 allows users to find POIs using a live video mode, on top of which the app overlays icons and distance markers.

As a user walks through Paris, icons shift relative to a phone's position, judged according to compass and GPS data. Because of the function's dependence on compass headings, augmented reality can only be used with an iPhone 3GS. The app costs $1; other changes in v3.0 include Google Maps integration, push notifications for route disruptions, and in-app purchase options for bus routes and different POI categories.




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  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Photos with this

    Someone should make a camera program with this feature. It could save the picture as a two-layer Photoshop file. One layer would be the scenery and the other would be the captions. Then there'd be no difficulty recalling what the tall building on the left was.


  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    London

    I don't see how this is the first augmented reality app? There was already an app that this one seems to be based on for the London subway system.

  1. petsounds

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    violation of TOS?

    How is this in the store when only iPhone OS 3.1, which is still in developer beta, allows overlay of custom content over the live video feed? This app has to be using the frowned-upon known hack to add content over the camera picker.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    wow!

    And just think. If one took their eyes off the iphone for a minute, they could enjoy the visual splendor of Paris!

    Then back to looking at the iphone...

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