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Apple acquires augmented reality firm Metaio

According to recently surfaced legal documents, Apple has acquired augmented reality firm Mataio.

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iOS 8 reportedly doubling down on Maps, transit, experimenting with augmented reality

iOS 8, code-named Okemo is currently under active development at Apple. While it won't get anywhere nearly the visual refresh iOS 7 did it will continue to iterate and improve existing features, add new ones, and even add some old ones back.

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#CESlive: Sensor Jacket turns your smartphone into a tricorder

Sensor Jacket, a new product that was developed by Dr. Jacob Fraden, is essentially a case for your smartphone that not only provides protection but can use additional sensors and augmented reality in order to provide lots of new functionality and capabilities. Want to know if your breath is bad before going on a date? There's a Sensor Jacket for that!

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Use your iPhone or iPad to learn about every little piece of your new Audi A3

Augmented Reality is one of those cool technologies that is often used in gimmicky products, but Audi has put it to good use in a practical and informative way in their latest application. Owners of a shiny new Audi A3 or S3 can hover the camera on their iPhone or iPad over different parts of the car, and the application will bring up all the information you could want on what it is, and what it does.

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Graffiti Collective for iOS review: Make and share your own graffiti!

The people behind youth smoking prevention campaign Truth have just released their own message game for iOS: Graffiti Collective. The basic theme is that smoking is really bad for you and the American cigarette companies do lots of awful things to keep people smoking. BUT even people who smoke like a hundred packs a day might just dig this free game's actual gameplay. As you can guess, it involves lots of awesome graffiti.

I like to think that games qualify as art. And like art, some games seek to promote messages rather than simply entertain. Not everyone will agree with what a message game has to say, but that’s how art works too.

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Google's Ingress augmented reality game may be making its way to the iPhone -- would you play? [Updated]

UPDATE: Looks like it's a third party port made by an enthusiast, at least according to the post Google+. So keep moving, nothing to see here. Although, the question remains, would you play Ingress if an official version does come to iOS?

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iOnRoad augmented reality driving assistant app for iPhone, iPad

Rather than banning iPhones from the car, the way the National Transportation Safety Board recommended, iOnRoad by Picitup aims to use mobile technology to keep you safe and sound behind the wheel. It uses the live camera stream and image detection to monitor for tailgating, cars slowing ahead of you, or lane drift, and sends visual and audio alerts to get you back to the proper distance, speed, and lane where you belong.

With a big, easy-to-tap interface iOnRoad has a bevy of features to help you with everything from your daily commute to occasional road trip. Check out the video above for our live interview from CES 2011 with Pictitup CEO, Alon Atsmon.

Already available for Android, iOnRoad is coming soon to the App Store for iPhone and iPad.


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Bring your Starbucks cups to life with Starbucks Cup Magic for iPhone

Starbucks has released an app to bring some augmented reality holiday fun to your life. They have created five Starbucks Holiday Characters on their holiday cups, Christmas Blend bags, and in-store that can be scanned with the Starbucks Cup Magic App for iPhone and brought to life. The app will also keep you updated on the latest holiday offers and events from Starbucks.

If you're dying to try this out before you can make it to your local Starbucks, head on over to Starbucks' website and scan the squirrel. I think it's rather cute.

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iOS 4.2 features: Augmented Reality in iPhone Safari browser

We knew Apple had added accelerometer and gyroscope support to iOS 4.2.1 for iPhone, but leave it to Occipital, the company who brought us 360 Panorama, to show it off in full, Augmented Reality mode.

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Last chance to enter "Augment your Reality with Poynt Contest", win a shopping trip to New York, $2500!

There's only one day left to enter the "Augment your Reality with Poynt Contest" for a chance to a trip for two to New York, NY valued at US$5,000 and US$2,500 spending money.

Poynt wants TiPb readers to help them celebrate the launch of their new iPhone app [iTunes link] -- and help them name their Augmented Reality feature. To enter, think of the very best name you can and go post it on the official thread in the TiPb Forums.

Read the full terms and conditions of the Contest (the "Official Rules").

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