Over the last year many so-called “augmented reality” applications have been popping up, specially on the Android platform. While the concept is not new (research on the proper field of Augmented Reality dates back to the ’90s), it has generated some media attention lately. Unfortunately there is no mention so far of any similar application on Symbian smartphones, so Sequence Point Software S.L decided to bring this function on S60 devices. The result is ARound. This project aims to fill the gap by providing a prototype application featuring the use of sensors (GPS and compass), camera and location based services.
The application overlays the image stream generated from the camera with markers of “Points of Interest” around the user. It has been developed for the Nokia N97 and a hand full of other Nokia devices. Making use of plugins allows third-party developers to customize the application at different levels. The application is using the internet to download the Wikipedia, landmark and Twitter information.
- Showing Points of Interest using Wikipedia information, landmarks and tweets
- Use of Data Source plugins, which allows third-party developers to add their own sources of information.
- Display different details of each point of interest, including hiperlinks to external resources.
- Being a pluggable component makes it possible for third-party developers to include it as a customized view into their applications.
This is a freeware applications I’ve tested on the N97 and the N86. It works fine for both devices. I’ve also tested this software with the 5800 XpressMusic. Unfortunetely it didn’t worked.