• Another Augmented Reality Check for iPhone Users

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    More now than ever, the iPhone 3GS finds itself toiling in the world of augmented reality, a unique genre comprised of mobile applications capable of superimposing contextual digital information directly over your real environment as perceived through the eyes of your smartphone.

    For fans of augmented reality, Google's Android platform has had the iPhone beat in this department thanks in no small part to the augmented-reality juggernaut known as Layar.

    But as the New York Times and Gadgetwise reported this morning, Layar is out with version 2.0 of its popular app for the iPhone 3GS.

    Previously available to Android users, Layar uses the iPhone’s live camera feed (and its GPS and compass capabilities) to superimpose data and graphics, meaning users can select a layer from sites like Wikipedia, Flickr and Twitter, then point their phones at surrounding points of interest to get information about the selected target.
    Although Layar 2.0 just became available as a free download from Apple's App Store, we will have to wait a while for the
    iPhone version of 3.0, which comes to the Android next month. (3.0 will be exponentially cooler, as 3D capabilities
    will be added).

    At its most basic, the app is useful for finding information like restaurant reviews and real estate listings. It is a free download that requires O.S. 3.1 and an iPhone 3GS to work.
    While certainly not for everyone, augmented reality apps like Layar represent the future of apps - those that fuse a variety of features (compass, GPS, camera, etc.) for awesome and equally innovative uses.
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