Augmented Reality: Metatags, Business Cards, Navigation Apps

Metaio’s Augmented Reality Metatags
Metaio’s code lets users leave AR notes, Tweets, images or even 3-D animations tagged to real world places, using a mix of geotagging, smartphone cameras and other Location-Based Service techniques. Other users, when viewing the world through a Metaio-enabled AR smartphone browser, would be able to discover the tag–and can even share it via a Facebook plugin.

Augmented Reality Business Cards
Augmented Reality Cards: No need to worry about folks with whom you’ve networked having to search their groggy memory of the night before. James Alliban, currently employed at Sky Creative in London, came up with a way to make it easier for people to put a face to a name. Using augmented reality technology, Alliban printed a grid of 3D colored panels that, when placed in front of a webcam, makes it appear as if a blocky version of himself is popping out of the paper card. As seen in this video, the digital Alliban talks a little bit about his resume, directs card-bearers to his blog, and plays around with his hands in a way reminiscent of David Blaine. Granted, not everyone has the skills to hack their business cards, but we can see this becoming a trend in the near future as more people leverage technology to stand out from the crowd.

AR Business Card from James Alliban on Vimeo.

Augmented Reality is coming soon to a life near you, thanks to the latest crop of sensor-equipped smartphones. Navigation is, perhaps, the most natural fit between AR and useful technology. Simply put, when you’re going somewhere, you need to know both where you are and where you’re going. You often need both pieces of information when you’re someplace unfamiliar and don’t know quite what your destination looks like. Cue AR: A technology that’s intimately tied with your location and that can access information sources that will improve your understanding of how to reach your destination.
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