Video iPhone and Magnetometer Brings New App Possibilities

Video iPhone and Magnetometer Brings New App Possibilities

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A video iPhone with a magnetometer would allow for exciting new application possibilities, according to a MacRumors report.

Live video footage could be combined with computer graphics to create an Augmented Reality application. Game researcher Blair MacIntyre demonstrates what this might look like in a demo video below.

MacRumors suggests that the inclusion of a magnetometer (Digital Compass) could allow for determine your absolute position. You could use this to pointi your iPhone's camera at a building and have it tell you what building it is by overlaying data on top of the image. A similar application might show information about stars and constellations simply by pointing your iPhone towards the sky.

A more complex sensor system could also make the mockup application below a reality as well...

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Paul Evans
Paul Evans - April 15, 2009 at 11:22am
I've discussed some potential applications of this hardware on my blog: