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Nearest New York Subway for iPhone 3GS…Augmented Reality Touch Games Coming Soon?

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I’ve visited New York several times, but am still a subway rookie. There are just too many lines and too many stations. It can get really confusing to even find the right subway station or platform.   New York Nearest Subyway uses the iPhone 3GS compass and video function to overlay subway data on top of whatever you’re pointing the camera at. I’m definitely downloading this app next time I’m in New York.



The app is pending Apple’s approval.

From Acrossair:

The makers of Nearest Tube iPhone app bring you the New York Nearest Subway one of the first augmented reality apps to go live in the iPhone AppStore. Forget boring 2D maps! Try this amazing new application that tells New Yorkers where their nearest subway station.

This reminds me of an augmented reality video game demo HP showed me a couple of years ago. It showed a group of kids running around a city and holding up mobile devices to see waypoints and battle virtual opponents.

I imagine that at least some game developers are working on iPhone games that will meld touch gaming, the iPhone 3GS video camera and real-world action.

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

4 Comments

  1. Gavin Miller

    07/17/2009 at 3:31 pm

    I love these location apps! I regularly use tube maps for Paris, London and Google maps with the compass ability is great. I also use Vinicity and similar apps to get taxis, atms etc.

    This app looks terrific though!

  2. Fenster

    07/18/2009 at 4:16 am

    Wow, this app looks great, like in terminator, one day we will have such thing built in into our brains :)

  3. check your facts

    07/18/2009 at 7:50 am

    You guys should check your facts; a search in the app store shows that this app hasn’t gone live, and can’t until apple changes the api’s. Like everyone else making AR apps (of whom these jokers are NOT even close to the first), you can’t publish things that use unauthorized api’s.

    This underhanded attempt by this “we have no products yet” company to use publications like you to generate free advertising for a product they know will not be able to go live any time soon.

    Please don’t spread their half truths and give them free advertising.

  4. Marton

    07/28/2009 at 12:19 pm

    The link for the New York Nearest Subway iPhone app has changed to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps49T0iJwVg
    Also there is a new video demonstrating the new San Francisco Transit iPhone app. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpf0t3uV_4Q

    acrossair

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