Picture this… You are looking to rent a house in your favourite tree lined street. Simply pull out your mobile phone, open the new Layar browser, and select the ‘houses’ as your criteria. The mobile phone camera is then enabled, and you are in augmented reality. The display shows real time digital information on top of the camera image, and uses GPS to provide location-based information over the image.
As you direct you phone to different landmarks around you, dots point our houses for rent, photos inside the building, weekly payments and more. If a landmark is distant or obscured by another building, the overlay will alert the user with a distance marker and a small dot indicative of distance.
An API has been made available allowing any type of layer to be displayed with current offerings including tourist hot spots, places to stay, transportation and local businesses, just to name a few. A user reviews layer is on its way; point your phone at a strip of restaurants, and the best ones rated by users will appear.
The software is currently available for most Android enabled devices. I am currently setting up Layers for clients and will report back on progress, feel free to contact me in the meantime for an update or more information! – josh(at)b2cloud.com.au
This is very exciting technology that brings social searching, cataloguing and traditional search to the real world.