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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. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      This seems to be a very interesting app. I hope more AR apps hit the AppStore soon. I'd like to try one out.
    1. elnekis's Avatar
      elnekis -
      This is awesome!

      I cant wait to get my 3Gs
    1. lofi's Avatar
      lofi -
      layar on the android platform is way better. they are working on a version for the iphone, hopefully done soon

    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      wow thats pretty cool
    1. iPhoneXpert's Avatar
      iPhoneXpert -
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      Wow. This is really cool. Love to see more applications like this.