Augmented Reality is not only cool, but really useful too. Just pointing your device around and seeing in real time where something is located is really practical to find places, people, and facts. Nokia, unfortunately, didn’t have a really complete and useful Augmented Reality Browser, until now!
Augmented Reality has been out for years now. A really recognized Augmented Reality app is called Layar. Layar is not available for Nokia but is popular among Android and iPhone users. However, this Augmented Reality browser for Nokia is slightly better than Layar, it is called Wikitude.
Wikitude is an AR browser for both Symbian^1 touchscreen devices and S60 3rd Ed devices. Wikitude is just available for a few Nokia handsets since it needs a hardware compass which many Nokia devices don’t have. So what can you do with Wikitude? Well, you can explore your surroundings like a bionic man, you know, terminator style. With Wikitude you just select the world you want to see and then Wikitude shows you around about that world. Let’s say you want to know where the closest Starbucks is, you just select the world ”Starbucks” and by pointing your device around with the camera, Wikitude will show you exactly where that Starbucks is. There are different worlds available, you can see YouTube videos recorded around you, Twitter users around you, Best Buys, Walmarts, important buildings, Wikipedia entries, and many more… And by the way, Wikitude is free!
A cool fact about Wikitude is that it was developed using Qt. That is why it is available for both S60 3rd ed and Symbian^1. As soon as you fire up Wikitude you can see that is a really cool and good looking app, showing that Qt can do amazing things. When you install Wikitude on your device, the app will automatically install the needed Qt libraries for your device to use. Pretty cool! You can get Wikitude here: Store
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