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Layar: Augmented Reality Twitter Japan | by Joseph Tame
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Layar: Augmented Reality Twitter Japan

As Danny reported in a Tokyo Live Blog a couple of days ago, Twitter has just relaunched here in Japan with a new site designed for Japanese mobile phones. Following that, the national broadcaster NHK and other stations heavily promoted the service, demonstrating how it was being used to a Japanese public who might not be all that familiar with microblogs.


I'm here at the opening ceremony of the Meguro-ku Tourism Association festival, trying out a brand new augmented reality application for the iPhone 3GS - Layar - which overlays whatever the iPhone camera is looking at with a grid of live Twitter updates.


As you can see here, there's not many people near me tweeting, although one Twitter user 2.1km away has just rediscovered a jacket in their wardrobe - hurrah!


Whilst this photo may not look all that exciting, using this app makes you feel like you're living in the future - as you turn around so more tweets appear on the futuristic grid in that direction - it feels like you're scanning the air for hidden data messages!


There's also a layer for Google Local Search, which contains things like reviews and photos of food from nearby restaurants.


If you're interested in Augmented Reality check out Danny's post about Sekai Camera here:


Has anyone else tried this app out where they live?


What hidden data would you want to be able to scan the air for?




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Uploaded on October 18, 2009