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Review: Bionic Eye Canada for iPhone

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Augmented reality is when an overlay showing real points of interest are layered on top of the iPhone camera view. These apps are becoming more and more popular on the iPhone and today we have a new app to add to the group.

Bionic Eye Canada by Presselite

Bionic Eye for the iPhone 3GS uses Augmented Reality to locate subway stations and other points of interest such as restaurants and coffee shops.

Features 1/2

Bionic Eye is fully compatible with the iPhone Google Map, which works with all iPhone models. Holding the iPhone in a vertical position, a 360-degree view of all nearby points of interest is available and updated in real time as the user moves with the iPhone.

A horizontal position (iPhone camera facing the ground) shows a list of all the nearest points of interest. In this view, when a point of interest is selected, a blue arrow displays the direction and distance to the point of interest. This is actually really neat but the horizontal position makes it difficult to navigate with.

One of the features that sets this app apart from the rest is the ability to choose which points of interest to view. This has mixed benefits as it’s nice to choose specific POI’s but the list does not have as many POI’s as do other apps for example.

The app also allows users to define the distance between themselves and various POI’s that are available. This way, only a specific amount of POI’s will be visible.

The following list contains the POI’s in Bionic Eye Canada:

Fastfood

  • McDonalds
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Burger King
  • KFC
  • Dixie Lee Chicken
  • Wendy’s

Restaurants

  • Pizza Hut
  • Hooters
  • Denny’s
  • Hard Rock Café

Coffee, Pastry & Ice Cream

  • Starbucks
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Baskin Robins
  • Second Cup

Leisure

  • Apple Store (epic)

Subway Stations (available via in-app purchase)

  • Toronto Subway
  • Montreal Metro

The app also does not require an active network connection for use. This can be good and bad, as without a network connection, Bionic Eye only updates POI’s when an application update is available instead of on-the-fly. However, this does mean users need not a data plan nor a WiFi connection for use.

Controls & Navigation 1.5/2

The app is easy to begin using, as users simply tap on “Activate”. This enables the iPhone camera and holding the device up begins the augmented reality display.

Moving the device around reveals other POI’s in the area and depending on the settings, those POI’s will be within a specific distance of the iPhone.

The only difficult aspect is the horizontal control to enable the list of nearby POI’s. Users have to hold the iPhone with the camera facing the ground (like the iPhone 3GS compass). This iPhone positioning is somewhat awkward to hold.

Value 0.5/1

At $0.99, the app is not pricey at all, however Bionic Eye Canada does offer a few features that are available in other apps for free. The POI’s do provide useful information, but I found that there were not many to see, even with every single POI enabled.

For users looking for a low-cost augmented reality application with a customized ability to enable POI’s, Bionic Eye may be a good choice.

Bionic Eye Canada is scored a 3.5 out of 5.

Bionic Eye Canada is available on the iTunes App Store for $0.99.

Bionic Eye Canada Giveaway

Today I am going to giveaway five (5) copies of Bionic Eye Canada! To win, comment below on the following:

  • What is the most appealing feature for you of augmented reality?

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Winners chosen at random; Contest ends December 11, 2009 at 11:59PM PST.

Contest Rules:

1.) Make sure to include your email in the name entry form or I cannot contact you!

2.) You may enter even if you have won something before. You can win again and again and again! There is no limit on the amount of times that you can win!

3.) One Contest Entry Per Person. Do NOT attempt to post multiple contest entries under different emails and/or user names during the same contest.

4.) Winner(s) must claim prize(s) within 24 hours of me sending the confirmation email. Failure to do so results in expulsion from the contest.

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  • jasonnip

    The ability to discover new POI's in areas I'm not familar with

  • drfleet

    That it limits the POI to 1 km or less!

  • Snowy

    It was unbielivable to think we could have all this information in our hands a few years back. It is such a great tool to have to find the nearby POI.

  • The whole point of the add is to show you in “real time”
    That there sells it for me lol

  • iVictoria

    The most appealing feature for me of augmented reality is that I can quickly find a fast food restaurant that has a bathroom for my kids when we are walking around town. And the second most appealing feature is that I know what areas of town to avoid if we are looking for something other the fast food junk served up by the likes of KFC, MacDonald's, Burger King and the like. My wife does like Starbucks lattes, so the app will be quite useful for finding them in some hidden location while walking/driving around town.

  • Guest

    For me, it's like many other things associated with all things iPhone: its an enhancement to my quality of life! The ability to have ever more info at my fingertips gives me greater freedom to experience things wherever i am. that's what does it for me.

  • Dusty

    Locates Subway! Count me in! 😉

  • iphone_fan

    Nicest feature to have with augmented reality would be to be able to integrate it with Street view, being able to virtually walk downton AND get acess to restaurant menues as well as link to setup a reservation

  • Augmented reality is a natural way to view the world. Point and see.

  • Augmented reality is a natural way to view the world. Point and see.

  • dp21

    The coolness of superimposing layers of data on my phone. IMO, this is super cool.

  • Eh-jhey

    the merging oh the physical world and the digital world creating a pluthra of new open opportunities for developers

  • Rayman1991

    The best feature for augmented reality for me is to be able to see stores and restaurants within my area, since i'm new to my College and living on res I can check out all the places.

  • Tony

    Yo quiero Taco Bell 🙂 That is all.

  • oreothebear

    i like the real time updates

  • Winners:

    iVictoria
    Guest
    Eh-jhey
    Rayman1991
    Tony

  • Ex

    Winners:

    iVictoria
    Guest
    Eh-jhey
    Rayman1991
    Tony

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