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Urbanspoon Updated With Augmented Reality “Scope” View

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A while back there was much hype regarding ‘augmented reality’ on the iPhone and other smartphones. Well, it seems like we now have some live apps demonstrating this. One of our favourites, Urbanspoon has now been updated to include a new ‘augmented reality’ Scope view.

Urbanspoon Can Now Scope Out Your Neighbourhood for Good Eats

This new Scope view in Urbanspoon utilizes the camera, compass, and GPS on your iPhone. In other words, it will only work on an iPhone 3GS and you must be running 3.1 firmware. The Scope view is pretty neat. All you have to do is point your camera in any direction and a list of restaurants will pop up.

Sometimes the compass is off so it might take some calibrating, but on the whole I was able to find restaurants near me and even when I was out and about. Pretty cool stuff! Restaurants appear as dark circles with their Urbanspoon rating. So you can definitely have some fun with this application on your 3GS. Here are a couple screenshots:

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Still Want Some More Augmented Reality Apps?

This whole augmented reality craze is awesome. Two other worthy apps (that are FREE) to check out are Wikitude (which was an Android app, now for iPhone) and Layar Reality Browser. Both take your iPhone to another level for exploring your city.

This latest Urbanspoon update definitely makes it fun and interesting for exploring new restaurants on your iPhone. Anyone else out there using Scope view on Urbanspoon? How do you like it so far?

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  • Dusty

    Cool, might have to give this a try.

  • rorypiper

    I was playing with this last night. Very cool, and pretty accurate. Other AR apps I have tried didn't have much info on Victoria, but this has tons on points of interest.

  • andilla

    Hey… love the blog..

    Question about Layar (and I guess A.R. in general): I'm assuming it uses your data plan to obtain the information? It's not stored on the iPhone right?

    I'm going to Tokyo in a few weeks and I would love to use Layar to get around the city, but I'm scared of Rogers dinging me with a hefty roaming data charge after I get back.

  • You will need to be within range of a WiFi hotspot or else board the Rogers Pain Train.

  • Yep, like what X1 said, best to be in a WiFi hotspot. Don't even think twice about using data roaming or you'll lose your arm and a leg!

  • Same here. Pretty awesome app when you're out and about. It's like I'm Tom Cruise in Minority Report…err…not really…

  • Prailor

    Sounds like it would be great, too bad i only have a 3G

  • rorypiper

    More like the Terminator. “Come with me if you want to eat.” 😉

  • thatgadgetgirl

    As much as these “augmented reality” apps are great, there is no way I am going to keep purchasing brand new iPhones in order to have the ability to use one of these apps….escially considering my 3G iphone is only a year old…forget it! As much as I love Apple, keeping up to their technology can put someone in the poor house with constant upgrading.

  • thatgadgetgirl

    As much as these “augmented reality” apps are great, there is no way I am going to keep purchasing brand new iPhones in order to have the ability to use one of these apps….especially considering my 3G iphone is only a year old…forget it! As much as I love Apple, keeping up to their technology can put someone in the poor house with constant upgrading.

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