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New Software to Expand Captioning to iPhones and Smartphones

New software is being developed by engineers through the use of Augmented Reality technology to improve access and expand captioning capabilities on a range of digital devices. Google’s smartphones and the iPhone 3GS from Apple use this type of technology to caption, or superimpose digital images in real life. The latest software program called Layar is seeking to enhance captioning and broaden the use of augmented reality technology for mobile phones.

Layar is a software created by programmers in the Netherlands designed to run on Google Android phones. Layar uses the smartphone’s GPS unit and compass to determine the user’s location and what the phone’s camera is aimed at. Layar then compares that information to a database of landmarks, such as the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

The iPhone has a similar application through Yelp, a local business search service. The hidden iPhone feature, called Monocle, can be installed using the Yelp app and then shaking the phone vigorously. Using the iPhone’s compass, Monocle allows users to view the world through the iPhone’s video camera and identify a variety of local businesses that have been reviewed by Yelp users.

For the full article, click here: Software Puts Captions on the Real World

 

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