Black Eye Peas releases World’s First 360-degree view music video app

When it comes to Augmented Reality apps on the iDevice, it seems that we’re only scratching the surface of what can be achieved with this technology. We’ve seen AR apps for gaming, finding places near you and much more. Now you can add another unique experience to the list as BEP have released the world’s first 360 degree view of their music video from the hit single The Time (Dirty Bit). With BEP360, users will be able to move around their iPhones and iPod Touches and feel as though they’re right in middle of the video shoot. Pan left to see, pan right to see Fergie…you get the idea.

The app goes for $2.99 and comes with other neat features, including the ability to point your iDevice camera at the album cover of The Beginning and see BEP avatars dancing to the beat. Check out the video demo and more after the gap!

BEP360 Talent Media, BEP360, 171 MB – $2.99

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Parrot set to bring Augmented Reality game to AR.Drone [Video]

Parrot’s mighty cool AR.Drone, a quadricopter that can only be controlled via an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, will soon be getting its very first Augmented Reality game – AR. Pursuit:

The new game, AR.Pursuit, is a two-player game where AR.Drones can shoot at each other in a virtual world on their iPhone screen. When they are hit by opponent fire, the AR.Drone will physically react to the hit. AR.Pursuit will be available in the App Store at the end of November.

The upcoming game actually won’t be the first app released for the AR.Drone. That honor goes to Free Flight, which is the piloting application for the copter. If you’ve got money to burn and think flying a quadricopter with your iPhone will impress the ladies, Amazon is selling it for a mere $299. Check out the video demo of AR.Pursuit in action after the gap.

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Spyglass 2.2 adds Augmented Reality Star Tracking and Primary Targets

Minsk, Belarus – Happymagenta today is pleased to announce the release of Spyglass 2.2, a major update to their popular digital compass and HUD display for iPhone 3GS devices. Developed specifically to leverage the iPhone’s unique capabilities, Spyglass is a fun-to-use multi-function augmented reality tool and heads-up display with a live compass, GPS and other information overlaid right over the live feed from the built-in camera, (or even an auto-rotated map), turning any iPhone into a sophisticated location-aware viewfinder.

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iTête à iTête – Interview with Parrot’s Michael Pastor – AR.Drone – future of augmented reality gaming

Hey there folks! I know it’s been a while since my last interview. The holiday rush caught up not only to me, but to my prospective victims as well. But holidays have come and gone, the dust has settled and we have quite lineup of interviews for the coming weeks. If you’re interested in learning the ins and outs of development of your favourite apps, games and accessories – make sure to stay tuned to and subscribe to our RSS feed.

The iDevice controlled, quad-propeller Parrot AR.Drone helicopter debuted at this year’s CES. And we got some mouth time with the kind folks behind this dream toy! Joining me today is Michael Pastor – the Marketing coordinator for the AR.Drone project.

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Parrot AR.Drone Quadricoptor – Taking augmented reality to a whole new level

Ever since I was a kid I always wanted a remote controlled helicopter. It always seemed like one of the most cool things on the planet. Well, seems I’m not the only one. CES 2010 has come and gone and while the Apple fan communtiy is awaiting the rumored launch of the iTablet at the end of January, a small company called Parrot has showcased their latest marvel – a quadrotor helicopter controlled via Wi-Fi from your iPhone or iPod Touch!

And while this is enough to wet anyone’s appetite, there’s more. The Parrot AR.Drone Quadricoptor features 2 cameras with live feeds right to your iPhone. Taking advantage of this the iPhone app will have 2 augmented reality games built in right of the bat with multiplayer! Juicy videos after the gap.

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Augmented Reality contact lenses – eyePhone


Augmented Reality apps have been popping up all over the App Store, but they are about to meet their match in terms of portability. The University of Washington has a team working on soft-contact mounted displays which project images directly onto the retinas of the wearer. Better yet, the contact lens will be ‘powered’ by external radio waves like those a mobile phone emits, so you can probably imagine the possibilities.

Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with (or augmented by) virtual computer-generated imagery – creating a mixed reality [Wikipedia]

A Few App Store Augmented Reality apps at the App Store:
Layar B.V., Layer Reality Browser, FREE, 0.5 MB (3GS)
Layar Reality Browser

ozPDA, Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer, 2.99$, 0.4 MB (3GS)
Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer

Craic Design, Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy, 2.99$, 2.0 MB
Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy

Off Panel Productions, ARGH – Augmented Reality Ghost Hunter, 1.99$, 7.7 MB (3GS)
ARGH - Augmented Reality Ghost Hunter

[via CNET UK]

Layar’s Augmented Reality on Android – Possible Cross-Platform via Appcelerator’s Titanium?

Layar, an interesting app that allows the simultaneous use of the GPS, camera and digital compass in Android phones like the G1 to give real-time digital information about a location. While not yet a Star Trek Tricorder or scanner, this app is shiveringly enticing. Available as of 1 June, it is clearly only an Android release, but if we know anything of software designers, there will be the same sort of software on the iPhone 3GS before too long and possibly, even from the same company.

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