March 14, 2010
As mobile devices have become more capable in the last couple of years, developers have come up with new and interesting ways to use them to interact with the world around us. This concept came to be known as “augmented reality.” One company that is pushing the envelope of AR is Munich-based mataio. It has created junaio, an AR platform with social capabilities.
With junaio, users can geotag places and points of interest. They can also leave behind notes for others to find, such as recommendations about restaurants and things to do in a particular area. The feature that really sets junaio apart is the ability to insert animation and 3D objects – such as snowmen, dragons, or the popular Tyrannosaurus rex – into photos taken with mobile devices. Users can then share their scene with friends on Facebook and Twitter. This capability could add another level to the game-play mechanic that makes location-based services like Foursquare and Gowalla so popular.
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