Saturday 29 August 2009

London Bus 3.0 Augmented Reality app for iPhone 3GS

This is the bus version of augmented reality application which leads you to the nearest bus stops in London. This application called the London Bus 3.0 app for iPhone provides the nearest bus stops and POI(Point Of Interest) Elements located at a distance less than 1km (0,621miles). This application will be very useful not only londoners but also travelers from overseas. Becuase of this application provides multi languages such as English, French, Spanish, Deutsch and Japanese.
More information of this applicaton is here.

Wednesday 26 August 2009

Augmented Reality: Augmented Traffic Views

This augmented reality application shows how augmented reality can be used for ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) in contrast to the last few augmented reality applications, which give you information about restaurants and buidlings. The augmented traffic views application shows you current traffic scenes from traffic monitoring cameras. The application augments points of traffic monitoring cameras which are located near you. It basically works with GPS and a digital compass. According to the video clip it displays traffic monitoring camera scenes remarkably fast.

Thursday 20 August 2009

SREngine : Augmented Reality Engine for iPhone

SREngine is a software engine which recognizes static scenes of architecture, such as streets, posters, rooms, and so on. SREengine stands for Scene Recognition Engine. Here is how this engine works:
while your iPhone camera is facing a builing as an SRengine client or user, SREngine recognizes the image and gives you information about the building from the Server. The engine can recognize static scenes only and it cannot recognize simple scenes such as a solid white wall. But it looks like it works very well on iPhone.

SREngine for iPhone Prototype from Sein on Vimeo.

Wednesday 19 August 2009

London Small World - Timelapse

This cool timelapse animation is made by Fabian Neuhaus who is a Ph.D. student at CASA (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) at UCL.
He spent two days taking these pictures at several places(i.e Gordon Square, the Millennium Bridge etc) in London.
Enjoy this cool video.

London Small World from urbanTick on Vimeo.

Monday 17 August 2009

GraffitiGeo : iPhone Augmented Reality app for restaurant reputations.

These days, people rely on reputation websites, or something like the Michelin guide, when they choose a restaurant. Especially, when you go somewhere on vacation, reputation websites can help you a lot to choose a decent restaurant for your perfect holliday. Now you can be helped to find a good restaurant through an iPhone AR application.
A company called GraffitiGeo is going to launch a new AR application for iPhone. This application can tell you the reputation of the restaurant your iPhone is displaying.

Sunday 16 August 2009

Acrossair browser - AR for your local restaurants, estate agents etc.

Acrossair, the UK Augmented Reality application company which launched the nearest tube station augmented reality application has released a new AR application.

This application shows your local restaurants, properties, theatres and so on in AR view. In addition, you can find the places that you choose from this application through Google maps. This application works only on iPhone.

Tuesday 11 August 2009

Introducing Augmented Reality from BBC

This video clip is about introducing Augmented Reality and how Augmented Reality Application works on mobile device. BBC interviewed the person who is the founder of the UK based AR application company which launched "The nearest tube station AR application" few weeks ago. According to this interview we can expect more AR applications before the Christmas.

The original BBC article is here .

Augmented reality meets scavenger hunt with GeoBeagle, Wikitude

This is another Android based Augmented Reality application which is made by U.K.-based developer Nicholas Tollervey. It is Augmented Reality version of treasure hunting game. I found this this post from the Venturebeat website.
The more detail information about this application here.

Geocaching, an outdoor game where players use GPS on mobile devices to leave or track down hidden packages, may be about to get a bit easier.

Instead of relying on GPS coordinates and written clues to find packages, players can see visual markers on an Android phone’s viewfinder thanks to an augmented reality project by U.K.-based developer Nicholas Tollervey. It’s one of augmented reality’s newest uses after two companies released application programming interfaces last month to encourage experimentation. Augmented reality is a young field that lets you overlay information or graphics in a viewfinder. It was considered more of an academic pursuit until smartphones opened the door to potential everyday use.

Tollervey took data from GeoBeagle, a free, open-source application for Google’s Android platform and marked it up in the Wikitude browser. Wikitude is an augmented reality browser from Austrian company Mobilizy. When it launched last year, it was a travel guide that let you hold up your Android phone’s viewfinder and see Wikipedia articles tagged to places around you. (See examples here.)

Since then, the company and its Dutch rival, SPRXMobile, have opened up APIs and are competing to lure independent developers to build apps. So the space could be set to balloon with lots of interesting commercial applications. Think restaurant recommendations, real estate listings, or search queries that could be launched directly from your phone’s viewfinder.

Monday 10 August 2009

A review of AR-media™ Plugin

I tried to use AR-media™ Plugin which is made by the Development Lab of Inglobe Technologies, an Italian company specializing in the development of Augmented Reality solutions. It is very quick and easy way to make an Augmented Reality scene on your screen.
In order to use AR-media™ Plugin you should have the Google SketchUp program which you can download at google . In addtion you can download a trial version of AR-media™ Plugin from here.
If you install the AR-media™ Plugin correctly you can see the AR-media™ Plugin button on your Google SketchUp program. And then you can simply generate a virtual object on your screen. In order to augmente a virtual object you need a paper tag which is provided by AR-media™ Plugin.

It is really easy and instantaneous. However, there is one shortcoming, which is that you can augment only one scene at a time.