A big week for AR

GeoVector's World Surfer is available on both iPhone and Android

GeoVector's World Surfer is available on both iPhone and Android

This is shaping up to be a huge week for augmented reality.  First, on Saturday, we saw the launch of GeoVector’s World Surfer app for the iPhone (and they have just launched the Android version today) – this is a great system that delivers content from most search engines (Google, Bing, Wikipedia, Yahoo, and many others) in a directional and location aware basis.  I’ve been using it and it is a fantastic app – it’s getting great reviews.

Wikitude from Mobilizy and Layar from sprxmobile have Twittered that they have big news coming out tomorrow.  These guys both have good Android apps already available, so it’s a fair bet that they will be releasing their iPhone versions now that iPhone OS 3.1 supports AR… but they also seem to be implying bigger news than that – who knows?  Both these companies provide APIs to their apps which should facilitate many developments on the back of their technology.

Wikitude was early to release an Android AR app

Wikitude was early to release an Android AR app

Robotvision is a great looking new app that was submitted to Apple for certification on Sept 12… so that should be due out any day (Apple normally takes about 2 weeks to certify an app).  They appear to have incorporated social media (Twitter and others) and many commentators feel this could be the first big use of AR (e.g. being able to view tweets left by friends at a restaurant or concert).

In any case, the Twitterverse is abuzz with AR at the moment… I’ll keep you posted.  By the way, if you want to follow me on Twitter, click here.

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Layar is generating a lot of excitement with their API

Layar is generating a lot of excitement with their API

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