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IPhone Augmented Reality Apps Expected in September The dazzling new trend of "augmented reality" mobile applications, software that puts layers of information on top of a mobile device's camera viewer, is something that's left iPhone owners feeling out of luck. Now one company developing such an app says Apple has said the technology required will be officially enabled in the next version of the iPhone OS - which is expected out in September. Developers are able to access the necessary controls in the phone illicitly, but when Apple offers a stable and official Application Programming Interface (API) for layering data over the camera viewer - that's going to be game changing. The particular app in question is a subway route finder that shows route signs when you point your phone one direction or another. The list of possibilities is long, though, so we hope this September date is for real. The rumor was first unearthed on Friday by Mark Milian of the LA Times: We've written extensively about Augmented Reality before.

Open Letter to Apple: Let us Augment Reality with the iPhone! « A letter sent to Apple Developer Relations. Dear Apple, We are a collection of augmented reality (AR) enthusiasts and professionals (from business and academia), who have been working on a multitude of AR apps for the iPhone. These apps are poised to change the way people interact with the real world. But here is the rub: we are currently unable to publish these apps on the app store because the iPhone SDK lacks public APIs for manipulating live video. We are asking Apple to provide a public API to access live video in real time, on the iPhone. The impact of augmented reality (AR) on our lives could be as significant as the introduction of the PC. Looking back just a few years, AR pioneers had to hack a slew of components into ridiculously large backpacks and HUDs, and be confined to rigged environments. The battle to determine the winning device has already begun; a public API to access live video will give the iPhone a lucrative ticket to compete. Arf (Georgia Tech) ARghhhh (Georgia Tech)

RobotVision: A Bing-powered iPhone Augmented Reality Browser Bing Local Search has some interesting features you won't find in Google, so the prospect of seeing Bing listings appear on top of your iPhone's camera viewer when you point at a restaurant or business is intriguing. That's what forthcoming iPhone app RobotVision offers - and it displays a view of Tweets and Flickr photos published nearby wherever you are. RobotVision is a new Augmented Reality (AR) app for the iPhone 3Gs. It's not available yet, but it will be as soon as AR apps are formally welcomed into the App Store by Apple, probably sometime next month. AR browsers "turn the world inside out" by exposing latent online information about your surroundings; there will soon be enough of them that they will compete based on user experience. RobotVision was built by Portland, Oregon's Tim Sears, a developer at a major PR firm by day and a side-project innovator by night. Does that mean that AR browsers will be commodities? UX and AR Problems With RobotVision and AR Apps in General

The Wall Has Fallen: 3 Augmented Reality Apps Now Live in iPhone First Paris Metro, then Yelp, now London Buses. The newest is even selling database layers through in-app purchases. It has been widely reported that the API required to display Augmented Reality (AR) layers of data on top of the camera view of a non-jailbroken iPhone 3Gs would not be publicly exposed until the launch of the next version of the iPhone Operating System, expected this Fall. Earlier this week we reported on Paris Metro Subway as being apparently the first AR-enabled app to be accepted into iTunes. The London Bus app is even selling data sets through in-app purchases. It is now possible to add new Point of Interest (POI) databases to London Bus application via in-app purchase. This AR economy is moving faster than we expected. All three of these were existing established apps that received AR capabilities in an update, not dedicated AR apps seeking admission for the first time. Can Apple now fairly deny other apps that seek to bring AR to the iPhone?

How Would You Like Your Own, Personal iPhone App? From InfoMedia, the makers of iFart (an odd reference point, I know, but they obviously know something about creating a popular iPhone app) comes an interesting concept. CEO of InfoMedia Joel Comm claims that the iPhone applications platform is ripe for personal, branded applications which will help users stay in touch with your persona or company. As an example, Joel has created his own, personal application which can be found in the App Store. They've taken the concept a step further, however, allowing everyone to create their own personal app without any effort or programming knowledge. The actual application consists of a branded splash screen with a message of the day. The implementation is rather simplistic and leaves a lot to be desired, but the idea sounds interesting. Interested in more iPhone resources? - Top 30 iPhone Apps for Organization and Productivity- 50+ iPhone Apps to Enhance Your Photo and Video Experience- 13 Apps to Turn Your iPhone into a Blogging Machine

Devs Hack iPhone API for True Augmented Reality An international team of computer scientists has created software that lets anyone perform on-the-fly analysis of live streaming video on the iPhone. Used alongside existing methods of displaying data on top of the camera's view, this new functionality signals a fundamental change in the kinds of Augmented Reality (AR) that iPhone developers can create. Existing AR apps, like Yelp, Layar, Wikitude and others display data on top of a camera's view but don't actually analyze what the camera sees. The iPhone has a private API for analysis of live-streaming video but developers' requests that it be made accessible haven't been granted by Apple. The Visual Media Lab at Ben Gurion University in collaboration with HIT Lab NZ wrote the code in question and unveiled it along with video demonstrations at the AR-specialist blog Games Alfresco today. This is of course just one use-case. GamesAlfresco author Ori Inbar calls this the dawn of an era of "user-generated Augmented Reality."

Jailbreak + Unlock - Page - iPhoneFreakz This is a no nonsense guide to start jailbreaking and unlocking your iPhone. For this tutorial i’m using iLiberty+ and i must say that this app is really the best that i’ve used so far. I’ll show you a exact howto. 1) Download the latest version of iLiberty+ from here. 2) Install the app and run it after the installation. 3) On the opening screen, enable the Jailbreak, Activate, Youtube fix, Unlock, Downgrade bootloader and Cydia. 4) click on Advanced. and then on Available on repo. [ad#inblog] 5) Click on refresh to load all the app’s (payload) from the REPO. 6) Activate the following. - Appsupport patch for 1.1.2- 1.1.4 - Bootneuter - BSD Subsystem - Fix mobile folder permission - Installer (very important !! - International Support for iPhone 1.1.4 - OpenSSH - Relocate Fonts and Ringtones 7) clik on the download button to prepare your payloads. 8) Now click on local payloads. 9) Now go back to the standard tap. 11) Click on the Go For IT button. 13) Now watch the screen of your iPhone.