The Layar Reality Browser is an Augmented Reality app that is currently available for the iPhone and Android based phones. Layar works by using a combination of your cellphone camera, GPS and compass to identify your position and field of view. It then retrieves data based on your geographical position and overlays that data over your camera’s view. Confused? Think of it like this – all you have to do is start up your camera, point it down a road and points of interest, shops, train stations and other places will light up on your phone with details such as distance to the place, reviews and contact numbers.
You are able to download a number of layers that show up different types of data. Take Foursquare, a location based network as an example. All places that have been created on Foursquare will now be available for you to find via Augmented Reality on your phone!
Take a look at this video below to fully understand how Layar works.
Where to use Layar?
Where and how would Layar be useful to you?
So if you have an iPhone or Android based phone, install Layar and start exploring your city using Augmented Reality!