Five Groundbreaking Augmented Reality Socializing Apps

The next generation of social-media powered AR apps will make it easier to create connections in meatspace.

Five Groundbreaking Augmented Reality Socializing Apps

We’ll have to wait a bit longer for augmented reality-based apps
to be available on the iPhone and Android platforms (word is that after Apple releases its 3.1 software update in September, we’ll see a flood of AR apps in the App Store). In the meantime, we’re
gathering our wish lists for apps that bridge the gap between our digital social lives and our real-life ones.


You’re Twittering? Me too!
That’s the concept behind Michael Zollner’s TwittARound app that allows you to see live tweets pop up on your iPhone based on location. The app brings the real world into our digital reverie, enabling you to see both where the tweets ae coming from and how far away the person is that’s tweeting it. It could be a useful conversation starter, but mostly Twittaround just seems stalkerish.

Who Are You Again? Oh Yeah
Swedish software designers and mobile interface specialists TAT have released a very cool concept video called Augmented ID that uses facial-recognition technology to give people a view into your social media. Set a work profile and people who meet you can use their phone’s camera to see your business card, recent SlideShare presentations, and the like. Switch to personal mode and they’ll see your tweetstream, the music you’re listening to, and your vlog.

Shirt Tales
The PaperTweet3d concept works in conjunction with t-shirts outfitted with barcodes representing Twitter usernames. Just aim your phone at a barcoded t-shirt to find out what the wearer is tweeting about.


Lost and Found
Lost your mom in the supermarket? The Family Finder app, developed for the iPhone, can help you find her (or your brother, sister, father, cousin, etc.)

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
IBM’s Seer Android platform, developed exclusively for the Wimbledon tennis tournament, will connect those guys who only communicate with one another through sports arguments. It uses Twitter to deliver real-time statistics and game updates.

[Via TheNextWeb, Digital Buzz Blog, Squidder, Gizmodo, Techcrunch]


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