Hoppala! Augmentation and Layar

HOPPALA! Augmentation provides an easy way for non-technical creatives to start experimenting with augmented reality and Layar. Create your own augmented reality experiences with just some mouse clicks and publish your work at Layar, the world‘s largest augmented reality platform.

This is the augmented reality version of the Berlin Wall in 3D featured on Hoppala!:

Hoppala! is a Layar partner. Don’t forget to check out Layar, they have their app for Android and iPhone. A Symbian version is in development, no news about a Windows Phone 7 version yet.

What is Layar?
The Layar Reality Browser shows what is around you by displaying real time digital information on top of the real world as seen through the camera of your mobile phone. This technology is called Augmented Reality. We augment the real world as seen through your mobile phone, based on your location.

How does Layar’s Augmented Reality work?
The idea is simple: Layar works by using a combination of the mobile phone’s camera, compass and GPS data to identify the user’s location and field of view, retrieve data based on those geographical coordinates, and overlay that data over the camera view.

Have fun ;)

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Koffie Met Plets

A friend launched a location aware website that helps you find the perfect coffee (Koffie - dutch) in Ghent, Belgium

Here is their own explanation of Koffie Met Plets:

It’s not a secret that IT people and a caffeine addiction go together very well. But what happens if those people leave their workstations for a change, and get out in the sun in the city they love?

Marc Wojciechowski (aka Plets), Jared Dierickx and Jurriaan Persyn, 3 friends, colleagues and locals have been discovering coffee bars in and around Ghent for the last couple of months. You could call it a mission, but actually it’s about having fun and enjoying life with a cup of coffee.
The hobby soon took a more material form, and as of today you can follow their paths online. Explore the wealth of fine roasts the city has to offer on www.koffiemetplets.be.

The website gives an overview of 25 already visited and rated spots in Ghent where they serve good coffee – or at least claim to serve good coffee. The espressos, cappuccinos and lattes were tasted and judged.
Now, being geeks, the trio sneaked in a lot of fancy things like time and location awareness, integration with Google Maps and social services like Twitter. You can see which bar is currently open and, if you’re using a modern browser or if you’re on a location aware mobile device like an Android phone or iPhone, the site gives you a sorted list of the closest and best rated bars. Just follow the directions and you’re set for the much needed caffeine shot.

Off course the journey isn’t finished yet, as there are plenty more coffee shops to visit. You can contribute as well and suggest a spot for the to do list.

Some random screenshots from the website:

Are you on the go? Don’t worry, the website has been optimized:

Even looks good on the iPad:

Give it some love and spread the word ;)

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A GPS with augmented reality

We made several posts here about augmented reality because it will be widely spread and it’s the next big thing.

See how amazing this is:

By the way: they are searching test drivers for Wikitude Drive Beta ;)

Check out if you can find your phone on the supported devices list.

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