After being in labs for couple of decades, Augmented Reality has become a highly popular phenomenon in recent times. Specially, Mobile Augmented Reality platforms promise to transform geographical information systems to give them a new look that will make such applications more meaningful and entertaining to use.
One of the finest examples of this would be Reality Browsing where geo-tagged data from various sources such as Wikipedia, Panoramio, Twitter, Flickr and etc are overlayed real-time over a video. Along with the inclusion of compass, GPS receiver, accelerometer and video camera which have become common features on most modern smart phones, reality browsing has already entered mainstream and continues to grow.
Lumar, a reality browser for android smart phones will become the world’s first speech powered browser of its kind. Now it is available for public downloads via Android Market. The first release candidate contains layers such as Wikipedia, Twitter and Buzz. It also features a unique stations layer where it can show all major bus and railway stations around you. The video below gives a glimpse of how Lumar operates. Enjoy!