Tag: augmented reality

Borglar Turns Your Town Into The Newest Immersive Video Game #Android

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If you’ve ever wished that your home town was one of the levels on a game like Super Mario Bros, then your wish has come true. Augmented reality firm Borglar uses your smartphone camera, plus geolocation, to turn any town into a game. They can set tokens and mystery items pretty much anywhere you point your phone. You have to get out, search and discover and then you can claim the various items. Gather enough tokens and you start to earn local discounts or deals.
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Create Your Own Augmented Reality Worlds With Wikitude myWorld

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Wikitude is a leader in augmented reality applications for smartphones and the company has recently launched a major new feature with its augmented reality app for BlackBerry. The feature is called myWorld and lets you create your own augmented reality points of interest. For example, you could create a “Dive Bars in the City” where when launched, someone gets a view of all the best dive bars in your city. Check it out and make a myWorld that will help people discover the best of the best.
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Another Demo of Wikitude Augmented Reality App for BlackBerry

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The BlackBerry Bold Touch was a pretty cool smartphone that we got our hands on back at BlackBerry World. It was nice how the light device fits into your pocket and you almost forget that it’s even there. With a built-in-compass (magnetometer) that supports location-based services and augmented reality, the device looks like it will be a decent stepping stone until the following year when the QNX smartphones come out. From the demo, we see the app’s ability to bring up information from a variety of sources including BBM and Foursquare, and bring them on a map or into the Augmented Reality view in the camera. It’s too bad that you can only see your current BBM contacts in the Augmented Reality view though. It would have been really cool to see other BBM contacts who at least also have Wikitude.

BBM With Augmented Reality is Going to Change How We Socialize

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The BBM and Wikitude integration begins at 1:51.

Back at BlackBerry World, we saw the beginnings of Wikitude with BlackBerry Messenger integration and while we didn’t say it at the time, this is going to be a huge shift in how BBM is used. For those who don’t know, Wikitude is a company that specializes in augmented reality apps and services, and at BBWC they announced they will be preloaded on upcoming BlackBerry devices. At the conference, we were given a first look at BBM in Augmented Reality on the Bold Touch 9900, and the implications are huge for BBM and how people socialize on their mobile.
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BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 to Ship preloaded with Wikitude Augmented Reality Software

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Today at BlackBerry World, RIM announced that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 smartphones will be shipping with Augmented Reality software Wikitude. This will be one of the first utilizations of the new Bold series’ digital compass and will allow users to browse the over 150 million Augmented Reality items already in their system.

The Wikitude World Browser has won the “best Augmented Reality browser” in 2009 and 2010 by readers of Augmented Planet.

I look forward to see what sort of apps and use cases come out of the new Bolds’ AR-friendly features. The influx of BlackBerry users into the AR space will mean a lot more user generated content. It will be interesting to see AR leveraged by BBM’s colossal user base.

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An Overview of OS 6.1, Next Generation of Super Apps, BlackBerry Platform Development and More

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BlackBerry OS Roadmap
BlackBerry Application Development Roadmap

At the BlackBerry Developer Day RIM had several slides for developers that did everything from outline the BlackBerry Platform at large, to some specifics about OS 6.1 and the roadmap for 2011. From the slides, we can see that RIM sees the next generation (read OS 6.1) of apps will leverage the following:

  • Super App status
  • BBM Social Platform
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Augmented Reality
  • Enhanced Map APIs
  • Barcode APIs

It’s great that RIM is opening up these APIs and features because they will not only complement existing apps, but some developers will find ways of using 1 or 2 of these features to create an excellent app for the BlackBerry Platform. Click through for more slides and info you may have missed.
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