augmented reality

Qualcomm Augmented Reality SDK Available Now

Qualcomm Incorporated today announced the immediate availability of it’s Augmented Reality SDK for use with Android smartphones. Available through QDevNet, Qualcomm’s online developer network, the SDK will allow such experiences as 3D gaming experiences on tabletops and interactive media experiences on product packaging and promotional items to be developed.

Samsung Road SMS for Galaxy S hands-on [Video]

We've a soft spot for augmented reality (AR) apps and a dislike of walking into lampposts, so Samsung's new Road SMS app for the Galaxy S satisfies both our hunger for gimmicks and personal safety.  Available exclusively through the Samsung Apps download store on the Galaxy S - and, we're guessing, on the Vibrant, Captivate and any other Galaxy S variant the company pushes out - the Road SMS app basically overlays a QWERTY keyboard on top of a live view from the phone's camera. That means you can strut along the street, texting away to your hearts content, while simultaneously keeping an eye out for open manhole covers, angry dogs or stray celebrities.  Unfortunately the app itself is pretty basic: all you have is a keyboard, a shortcut to choose the message recipient and a character counter (which seems to want to limit messages to 80 rather than the more usual 160 characters); there's no way to browse incoming messages or indeed take a photo for an MMS. Still, as a free gimmick it's pretty neat, and we imagine someone will soon rip it from the Samsung ROM and offer it on other custom installs for rival handsets.  Full demo in the video below. Samsung Road SMS on the Galaxy S: [vms 1025975e548cee86dfad]

Wikitude Drive Augmented Reality satnav beta starts today [Video]

Wikitude have announced the first beta of Wikitude Drive, an augmented reality PND app that overlays directions and prompts onto a live view of the road ahead.  Available with both driving and walking directions, the beta is being launched to coincide with Google IO. The system is based on Navteq mapping data, and Wikitude reckon it's actually safer to use their live-view AR system than a regular sat-nav app.  That's because, even when you're looking at the smartphone display, you're also seeing what's happening in the road.  Alternatively there's a standard 3D map layout, and both modes get voice direction prompts. Wikitude will be making the Wikitude Drive beta available in the Android Market from 10am PST today, but it'll only be available for the first 2,000 people to download it. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/11870382[/vimeo]

Tagwhat Unveils Augmented Reality Network

TagWhat has just announced the release of their new augmented reality app. This app is social conscious, it allows you to tag certain locations and leave notes about it for your friends. It also allows you to have followers kind of like Twitter does. Once you Tag a location you can include direct action links to email, phone, SMS, photos, URL’s, cross-posting to Twitter, Facebook. This app will also give you directions to your friends aged location so you can go meet up with them. This app has a lot of potential, its currently in beta, qr code is located after the jump with a few videos.

LG Ally site goes live with limited specs

The official mini site for the LG Ally is now live, a few specs come along for the ride as well. This device will be hitting shelves real soon. Verizon has been rumored to be the carrier of this device since we first heard about it.

Layar launches world’s first Augmented Reality content store

Layar is the world’s leading Augmented Reality Platform on mobile. This browser is on a reported 1.6 million Android and iPhone devices. They are now integrating the ability to purchase things from various places that you may find while using the app. Paypal is first payment provider with support for United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. More countries will be supported in the near future. This could prove to be very lucrative for Layar and their publishers.

Is This The LG Aloha?

LG is rumored to be working on a high-end Android device codenamed Aloha. So far there have not been any pictures of the device. The handset in the picture is the LG LU2300 and it is set for release in Korea. Could this be the rumored Aloha? Most of the specs match the rumored specs except the product number, C710 is rumored to be the Aloha and this device is the LU2300.
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