Why Can't All Map Apps Be This Clever?

Augmented reality has mostly found its niche as a way to bring virtual characters to life through a mobile device. But a Japanese developer has found a more clever use. Crossfader's AR-MAPS app syncs Apple or Google Maps to a live video feed from your iPhone's camera so you can visualise how you're oriented and easily locate destinations.

Using the device's GPS, compass and gyroscope, the app automatically switches between a split-screen map/video view of your surroundings, or just a flat map depending on if you're holding your device vertically or horizontally. And not only does it let you search for a specific address or landmark, it uses augmented reality to overlay markers on the video feed so all you need to do is spin around until it highlights your destination.

Best of all, it's currently available free of charge on the iTunes App Store, providing yet another alternative to Apple's Maps offering.

[iTunes App Store via DigInfo TV]



    Think of all that data and battery drainage?

    Who can't read normal maps anyways? Google makes is fairly easy to navigate, oh wait the article is about the iphone...

      heaps of people struggle to read maps. I'm normally pretty good but occasionally I can be somewhere and get disoriented, especially at night.

      I'm not saying anything for or against this app, but plenty of people struggle to read maps.

    Tried it, deleted it. The search is unbelievably poor - you can only find destinations by hunting them down on the map or by looking up nearby keywords on the likes of Google Local... why can't I type in what I'm looking for like every other map app?

    But even more unforgivable is the ad that obscures the buttons along the bottom half the time - the controls you need to operate the app aren't available most of the time you're using the app! I know they need to make money, but come on - interfering with usability in order to show an ad?!

    Damn, nice app! But why oh why do I still have to put up with double-sizing iPhone apps on my iPad in this day and age?

      because apple

        It's up to the app developer to make an app for the iPad screen.

          Yep, realise that - it's more that I'm astounded that the app developers to bother to make it fit both... Or does it actually cost that much more (or take that much longer) to code for both?

            It tends to cost about the same as a length of string.

    Looks like a rip off of the street view feature in Nokia Maps on Windows Phone 8. Although much more primitive. Take a look at the top screenshot http://conversations.nokia.com/2012/09/06/nokia-maps-for-windows-phone-8-goes-offline/

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