Looking for places nearby when you need them? Can’t find that restaurant, coffee shop, or bank machine? Check out Canada Eye!
Canpages has launched a free augmented reality iPhone app called the Canada Eye. Among searching for local businesses, the app lets users view the direction and distance to all specific business locations by utilizing augmented reality on the iPhone screen.
For those wondering what Augmented Reality is, essentially, AR is the integration of digital information with live video or environment in real time. In other words, using the iPhone 3GS compass, GPS, and camera, users can see points of interest overlaid on the iPhone screen instead of looking at a map.
Canada Eye lets users search for a specific category, whether it be a local deli to a Mom n’ Pop bakery to a Starbucks. Whatever business needs to be found, Canada Eye is the one app to find everything near you, and also provides direction of how to get there.
When opening the app for the first time, users can allow Canada Eye to use their current location to find local businesses nearby. Then, using one of over 30 points of interest, users tap on a category such as “ATM” and all of the ATM locations near the user are listed. Tapping on any search result allows users to one-touch call, add the business to the iPhone Contact List, open Safari to view a website, or view the directions on a map of how to get there.
Another great feature is being able to toggle between a list, map, or “eye” view while viewing the search results of a specific category. The default setting is “List”, which simply lists the search results. Tapping on “Map” will open an in-app map, using the Bing search engine oddly enough, which showcases all of the business locations with pins. Lastly, tapping “Eye” (or rotating the iPhone sideways) will start the Augmented Reality view and allow users to visual search for business locations in real time using the iPhone camera.
Canada Eye also allows users to use the one-touch menu to add more categories and to organize them how ever users want. In other words, users can keep their most used categories at the top of the list at all times!
If you are looking for a great point of interest app that also utilizes the amazing Augmented Reality technology, check out Canada Eye.
Canada Eye is available in the App Store for free.