ugmented Reality (AR), the overlay of graphics onto a video stream or other real-time display, has existed for more than 15 years, with customized applications in industrial automation, theme parks, sports television, military displays, and online marketing. Recently, an entirely new mass market has opened up in mobile handsets, due to the availability of video cameras, processors, GPS data, compasses, and accelerometers on smartphone handset platforms. In particular, personal navigation applications for the Apple iPhone and Android platforms have seen strong early adoption, due to the intuitive nature of the real-time display.
Mobile Web usage has been on the upswing ever since the iPhone leaped onto the stage. But new data form Opera suggests it’s not just the iPhone that’s delivering the Internet to smartphone users.
Over 200 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50K scale maps are now available from RouteBuddy’s online map store providing complete coverage of the UK. iPhone users can now choose the map that suits their use, Landranger for the casual user or Explorer maps for those who need the most detail.
According to a new research report by the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of mobile subscribers downloading navigation routes and turn-by-turn navigation instructions using their mobile handsets increased twofold from H1-2008 to H1-2009 and reached 28 million.
Mio Technology will launch a new version of its MiBuddy 4.7-inch touchscreen Internet and navigation device next year running Google’s Android mobile software, a company representative said Tuesday.