Technology is moving faster than ever. We are using and developing ourselves things that we couldn’t even immagine a few years ago. I think augmented reality will be the next big thing.
You may have already heard the “augmented reality” term, but just to be sure you know what I’m talking about here is how Wikipedia defines it:
Augmented reality (AR) is a field of computer research which deals with the combination of real-world and computer-generated data (virtual reality), where computer graphics objects are blended into real footage in real time.
We are starting to see the first augmented reality phone applications for Android and Iphone, and now London-based Accrossair announced a game-changing iPhone application.
Nearest Tube, as you may guess by its name, will let you see in real time the closest London tube station. It is really very easy to use: when you load the app, holding it flat, all 13 lines of the London underground are displayed in coloured arrows. By tilting the phone upwards, you will see the nearest stations: what direction they are in relation to your location, how many kilometres and miles away they are and what tube lines they are on.
Check out a demo video (careful with the volume, this video is extremely loud):
The application is ready and awaiting approval from the App Store. To use the app you will need an iPhone 3GS.