Layar is an augmented reality web browser that brings the internet to the real world and allows you to search exactly what you see.
by on March 13, 2010
Augmented reality is the next-big thing in mobile entertainment. Although it sounds like something out of a William Gibson novel, the premise of augmented reality is fairly simple: it overlays virtual information on to real world places.
Still confused? Well, you see a version of this every time you watch the football – those team badges on the pitch aren’t really there and this is just what apps like Layar do.
Layar is the best augmented reality app by a country mile. It makes use of your phone’s camera to display real-time digital information on to wherever you may be. If you want to know more about a café you are standing beside, then load up Layar and point your phone at the café – it’s that simple.
In the main, you’ll get information like phone numbers, but there may even be a menu and user-generated reviews.
Although Layar is just a web browser, the way it displays information in the world around you is impressive.
There are a whole bunch of categories to choose from and you can even layer/Layar an alien spacecraft over your skyline. Pointless but awesome nonetheless!
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