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  • First Augmented Reality App Hits App Store

    French iPhone developers PresseLite have managed to sneak in the first augmented reality app named Metro Paris Subway into the Apple App Store. If you've been out of "the loop" lately augmented reality is the next big thing where computer generated objects are blended into real-world images in real time. In this particular case the Metro Paris Subway app blends in info about things around the subway when viewing them through the iPhone 3GS (yes only the 3GS -- the app uses both the GPS and the compass).

    It is a bit of a surprise that an augmented reality app has some how snuck into the App Store. This is because Apple hasn't provided an open API to access live video from the phone’s camera. Without the open API developers shouldn't be able to do what Metro Paris Subway has already done and still make it through Apple's team of 40 reviewers. They were probably able to sneak it in since the application already existed on the App Store and the augmented reality bits were added with an app update.

    Whatever the case may be we should be seeing a lot of applications like this in the very near feature since Apple has said that they will be providing the needed APIs with the iPhone firmware 3.1 update.

    Oh, and if any of you are in France please download and share how it works!

    This article was originally published in forum thread: First Augmented Reality App Hits App Store started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. kriffer's Avatar
      kriffer -
      yesir, i had posted it in member written news a couple hours ago and was wondering if it had been posted yet, guess not...

      I'm wondering, is apple going to kick this app?
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      probably not if they said they were going to be giving the api's to do more stuff like this
    1. kriffer's Avatar
      kriffer -
      yeah true, i just wonder how long until that update (couple weeks/months) when the api's let us do that,
    1. b3nny's Avatar
      b3nny -
      thats is so freaking cool. wow. 3gs envy for the first time ever.
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      Quote Originally Posted by kriffer View Post
      yeah true, i just wonder how long until that update (couple weeks/months) when the api's let us do that,
      supposidly early next month i hope that's true
    1. Girrelephant Master's Avatar
      Girrelephant Master -
      That is great to see AR in the AppStore, but the problem is not that I cannot buy this app because I do have a French, UK, and US iTunes account(s), but that I do not live in Paris and have no way to really test this...I wonder if it will work in the US with familiar signs and billboards or if it uses GPS.
    1. Simeon28's Avatar
      Simeon28 -
      lets hope that the white iphone 3gs wont get brown by using this app!! xD
      think im gonna change my iphone into an android phone or some other touchscreen smartphone! any idea? iphone is kinda annying me!

      just kidding!
    1. JustinPizzle's Avatar
      JustinPizzle -
      whoa thats cool.

      wish there was a US one...
    1. wgm214's Avatar
      wgm214 -
      what about the "email n walk" app? how does that work?
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Very exciting, now let's get these in the US...
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      This is pretty cool!!
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      ooh ooh, gimme gimme... If you want to see some other really cool AR stuff check this out. [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXt21v8Hjhw]YouTube - The future of pedestrian navigation[/ame] its from the guys that brought RedLaser.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Iphone truly is an amazing device, no other smart phone can touch it......if only the 3gs had an OLED screen.
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Cool , if your on foot . Looks like a good app as long as you have 3gs . By the time that thing loads up , I would of had my coffee already .
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      It would be cool if they had one like this for New York
    1. e10100's Avatar
      e10100 -
      looks like a sweet app...only in france?
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Definitely the next wave of Map Apps. :-)
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      There's no wonder why the iPhone is the best phone on the market.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      This is exiting stuff, can't wait till we have a release here.
    1. br8thw8's Avatar
      br8thw8 -
      Actually, there are a couple (maybe more) apps that are already in the App store that are augmented reality apps, but for stargazing. Pocket Universe and Starmap can identify celestial bodies where ever you are by pointing your iPhone 3GS at what you are trying to identify. Pretty cool, I think.