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Picturephoning: Apple restricting use of augmented reality applications on iPhone

Augmented reality is rapidly becoming the new buzzword of the software industry. The concept is to overlay information on a real-world image using, or instance, the camera on the iPhone 3GS. PocketGamer reports.

“The augmented reality system makes heavy use of a combination of other features too, such as GPS tracking, the Internet and – perhaps most importantly of all – the new digital compass built into the iPhone hardware upgrade.

Developers are eager to start putting this concept to use but Apple apparently isn’t quite so keen. According to LA Times, the iPhone manufacturer has told one developer it won’t be approving any augmented reality applications until version 3.1 on iPhone software has been released.”

Here’s a video demonstrating the sort of applications augmented reality could be put to.

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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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