Considering our oldest apps have been live just a shade over 5 weeks we think that’s pretty good going.
Coming soon we have our first international apps with POI spanning the globe – and a 3D concept we are itching to tell you about…. but can’t yet
Also, I’m seeing Layar on the home page of the (UK) iTunes App store under the “New and Noteworthy” section. which should put a lot more users online.
These are exciting times indeed!
Layar have posted a blog showing their favourite 5 Layars and we made into their list
They liked the Golf app! This application features over 16’000 golf courses across America and over 2000 in the UK, with details about the course and satellite view (so you can plan your shots in advance).
Congrats also to the 4 other featured Layars. Which included:
Mobnotes – short for “mobile notes” – allows you to share your preferred places with your friends
A simple way of telling where you are and what you do, even with photos and videos. You can register for Mobnotes in Layar and directly start sharing your notes with the rest of the world. Mobnotes has 80.000 users so far.
Developer: Gino Micacchi,www.mobnotes.com
|Bankinter – Find Bankinter offices and ATM’s in Spain
Bankinter is the first bank in Spain to make a layer!
Developer: José Millares, www.signo-geo.com
Peaks – Peaks in Switzerland and the rest of the world
This layer shows the name and the height of mountain peaks. The geo-data for the layer is taken from www.geonames.org which is a public service that works in a wiki-like way. Everyone can easily add mountain names and heights. So, if you see that your favorite mountain is not in this layer yet: add it!
Developer: Josias Thony
Tim Hortons – Tim Hortons coffee stores in the US and Canada
This layer shows you where to get a cup of good ol’ Tim Hortons.
Developer: Brad Leege and Mathijs Gajentaan, www.winvolve.com
Here’s a new concept in Augmented Reality applications: The Beatles
This Layar application has every key location relating to the Beatles, from the Cavern Club in Liverpool to the Abbey Road Studios in London as well as dozens of other, less well known, points of Interest.
This unique application is your own personal tour guide, the waypoints will take you to the exact location of the landmark. You can read about the point of interest from the additional information we’ve provide in the actions menu. Who needs tour guides?
Oh and one more thing… When you are standing on the world famous Abbey Road pedestrian crossing within the description is a link taking you to the Abbey Rd live webcam… see yourself on tv! Sort of
Launch date: Very soon! (we just sent it off for approval)
Layar is now in the Apple app store!
To get the full experience of Layar you will need a compass-enabled iPhone 3GS with OS 3.1. If you don’t have the compass then the reality view will always point north (but map and list views are still useful)
So iPhone users – welcome to Augmented Reality
Here’s the link which opens up iTunes:
Today AugmentReality.co.uk launched our first pan-USA Layar for Golf Courses in the USA with over 16’000 points of interest markered.
Not only are we very pleased to have our first US application launched but also this is a really useful app: there’s information about the courses such as the number of holes and whether or not they are open to the public. There’s a satellite view. And you can directly call the courses for reservations from within the Layar.
We have big plans for this application so keep an eye out for further developments.
If you would like any more information about this application, or if you have a project you want to discuss, please contact us
Way back in ’94 a UCLA student in LA told me all about this exciting new technology called the World Wide Web. I wasn’t a particularly geeky kid however, the concept grabbed me immediately and I set about writing a website. I remember evangelising to family & friends (in the UK) about this fantastic new technology – the typical response was underwhelming to say the least, hardly anyone shared my enthusiasm. We all know what happened next: The Internet took off. 15 years on I’m still financed by the same website I wrote when just 16. I do enjoy saying I told you so….
There is a point to this history lesson. And it is that not since then have I had the same gut-feeling about a technology. My excitement this time: Augmented Reality
Just recently, in a bar in Mayfair, I was with a bunch of guys from a very well known SEO firm. I divulged my enthusiasm about AR. Surprisingly, they didn’t get it:
“Bigger than Jesus, you say? Haha“. They scoffed
It was 1994 all over again.
I look forward to saying “I told you so” to them too