Augmented Reality is coming soon to a life near you, thanks to the latest crop of sensor-equipped smartphones. Navigation is, perhaps, the most natural fit between AR and useful technology. Simply put, when you’re going somewhere, you need to know both where you are and where you’re going. You often need both pieces of information when you’re someplace unfamiliar and don’t know quite what your destination looks like. Cue AR: A technology that’s intimately tied with your location and that can access information sources that will improve your understanding of how to reach your destination.
The simplest and most accessible AR app known to many is Google Street View, which Google created when it added Street View to Google Maps. Browsing what your route would look like on a desktop PC could give you great local knowledge when you’re on the road. But when combined with a smartphone, it’s even more useful.
Not mentioned in the article, but already deployed in the Netherlands, is the Augmented Reality app for Android, developed by Layar.
For more info, visit their site, www.layar.com
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