Wikitude World Browser is the very first Augmented Reality Browser for smartphone-users. It was published almost simultaneously to the first Android device end of 2008 (the G1).
Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery (more details).
An Augmented Reality Browser scans your surrounding for (e.g.) geo-referenced content using the camera and the device’s sensors. The obects’ information is displayed in the cam right where the real object is located.
There are millions of places to discover in Wikitude whereat you are most likely interested the ones nearby. The World Browser collects the closest places of all local content providers, so you immediately know what’s happening around you. Each place (or POI, Point Of Interest) belongs to provider, a so called “Worlds”. Local Worlds are listed on strt-up, each one providing information of places around you. E.g. check “Wikipedia” to see all Wikipedia information around you. You can then watch it in a List, on a Map or in the Cam (AR-View). This way you always know what’s around you, no matter where you are.
One may want to find places relevant to a specific search-term – Wikitude also provides a powerful Location Aware Search, which scans all local Worlds for the specific term (e.g. enter “Pizza” to get everything related to Pizza around you).
Wikitude requires Compass, Accelerometer, GPS and Camera and is available for almost all devices with the requested hardware:
Android Phones, iPhone (3Gs, 4) but also some Nokia smart-phones.
If you want to upload your Content (and be listed as a “World”) feel free to contact us or have a look at Wikitude.me to you find more details on publishing places via file-upload or web-service.