Augmented Reality applications coming to Windows Phone 7

Augmented Reality applications are quickly becoming must have items on any mobile platform. Layar, the most famous one is now being pre-installed on several LG Android handsets and all the Galaxy S devices from Samsung. Google is pushing hard behind Goggles on Android too and the iPhone’s appstore is packed with AU applications (Layar is obviously in there too). But what about Windows Phone 7? Well nothing has been announced or shown yet and the lack of API for the digital compass doesn’t help either. The Camera API is also currently really limited. Ironically Microsoft was the first company to publicly talk about and demonstrate this technology back in 2008 during Bill Gates last CES Keynote but nothing came out of this since then, primary because of Windows Mobile’s messed situation. Now that Microsoft has a totally new Mobile OS and development platform (Silverlight + XNA) there’s hope that the company will push this kind of innovative technology in the near future. On interesting bit that I didn’t catch (thanks to Mark Arteaga for the heads up) is the last sample of the XNA Educational Courses I posted about yesterday : Bonus: Augmented Reality Sample

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Latest Bing Mobile application adds Visual Scanning and Social integration

Microsoft has just released a major update to the Bing Maps application for the iPhone and iPod Touch (and hopefully on Windows Mobile later). Redmond is going against Google Goggles service with the new visual scanning feature introduced today. User will be able to scan the barcode of any product or the cover art of books, CDs, DVDs, or video games and get relevant results like prices, reviews and merchants sites links. Check out the features description below:

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LG Optimus (LU2300) Android smartphone released in Korea

Looks like the LG-LU2300 now known as the LG Optimus is finally available in South Korea. Unfortunately I can’t read Korean but from what I gathered the Optimus is currently shipping with Android 1.6 and features a custom Augmented Reality application. The specs are the following:

- SnapDragon SoC
- Android 2.1
- 3.5? AMOLED touch screen
- WVGA (800X480) resolution
- Sliding-QWERTY keypad
- See the track, spin the pad mounted
- 5Mp camera equipped with 720p Geo-tagging video capture
- Divx HD-class video playback
- GPS
- Wi-fi
- DMB-TV tuner
- Built-in Augmented reality app

Check out the video presentation after the break:

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Google Goggles 1.1 Text Translation feature video

The Google Goggles application for Android has just been updated to version 1.1 with a new cool feature: Text-Translation. I just did a short video demonstration of it, on the HTC Desire, that you can watch below.The feature is really easy to use; just fire up the Goggles application,, use the cropping tool to select the text that you want to capture and snap a picture. If all goes well you will be presented with the option to translate the text in your favorite language. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work, especially when you try to capture more than 2 or 3 sentences, but it’s still a pretty awesome and handy feature if you have an active data connection (yup, it obviously has to use Google’s servers to do all the work just like every other cloud based service). You can grab the application right now in the Android Market.

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LG-LU2300 live pictures


Remember the mysterious SnapDragon based Android handset from LG named the LG-LU2300? Well, the good folks at Cetizen.com managed to post the first ever live picture of the device. The LU2300 has the following specs:

- SnapDragon SoC
- Android 2.1
- 3.5″ AMOLED touch screen
- WVGA (800X480) resolution
- Sliding-QWERTY keypad
- See the track, spin the pad mounted
- 5Mp camera equipped with 720p Geo-tagging video capture
- Divx HD-class video playback
- GPS
- Wi-fi
- DMB-TV tuner
- Built-in Augmented reality app

The LG-LU2300 is scheduled to ship in April or May in South Korea only.

Source: Cetizen via AndroidGuys

LG-LU2300 Android smartphone shipping in Q2 2010


Just a few days after MWC LG announced that their new flagship Android smarthphone, the LG-LU2300, will ship in Q2 2010. The LU2300 is said to have a 1Ghz CortexA8 CPU, WVGA AOMLED touchscreen, 5Mpix camera capable of recording 720P videos, Mobile TV Tuner, Android 2.1 (I guess that it is the SnapDragon handset we heard about a few months ago?). It will also come preloaded with a bunch of apps (an augmented reality being one of them, probably Google Goggles):

“In the past, smartphone users had to download and install all application programs in their new phones,” said Na Joo-young, a spokeswoman for LG. “To address concerns from first-time smartphone users who wanted an easy access to numerous applications, we decided to preload the best applications in our phones.”


Source: TelecomKorea

Google Nexus One firmware update brings multi-touch support & Google Goggles among other features

Google just did the unexpected and pushed a new firmware update for the Nexus One that enables multi-touch support in the borwser, gallery & maps. Google Goggles is now part of the Rom and a new version of Google Maps which includes a night mode is also included:

Google Goggles: this mobile application will now be available directly on your device by launching it from your All Apps menu. Just use your Nexus One camera to start searching the web

Google Maps: the Maps application with be updated to a new version, Google Maps 3.4, which will include:

* Starred items synchronized with maps.google.com – access your favorite places from your phone or computer
* Search suggestions from your personal maps.google.com history – makes it easy to search for places you’ve searched for before
* Night mode in Google Maps Navigation – automatically changes your screen at night for easier viewing and driving

Pinch-to-zoom functionality: devices will now include a new pinch-to-zoom mechanism in the phone’s Browser, Gallery and Maps applications

3G connectivity: we will provide a general fix to help improve 3G connectivity on some Nexus One phones

Source: Google via Engadget

Google launches Goggles visual search for Android, leaves Microsoft in the dust again

Google Goggles
Yesterday Google launched a new augmented reality app/service for Android called Goggles. This neat little thing lets you search by taking pictures of objects, locations, ladmarks or just by pointing out the camera (it will use the GPS & compass to locate you and display the results in the viewfinder). The Application is only available on Android right now, here’s how it works:

I would really like to know what Microsoft is thingking right now. Bill Gates demoed the same augmented reality tech 2 years ago during his last CES keynote. So far nothing close to it has come out of Redmond. Windows Mobile 7 better have this…

source: Google Goggles