Good news, iPhone users. In early November you'll all be privy to a new augmented-reality application. Metaio Inc. is bringing their AR platform to the App Store on November 2nd. The company promises that their app will allow users to leave traces, messages, or objects in the AR overlay that can be viewed by friends or anyone else in the world.
Social network integration is billed as being key to Metaio's app. They want to create "completely new ways of interaction" by embedding multimedia content, games, social websites, and other Internet features in the real world. So far Junaio, Metaio's app, sounds similar to just about every other AR app we've seen in development.
All augmented reality programs allow users to see location-based Internet content overlayed over reality via a device display. The ones that do it best, or provide some new angle on the idea, will be the ones that will get to carry over into the next generation of products. If you want more information on Junaio specifically, you can check out their website here.
The screenshot we have of the app looks very solid, albeit airbrushed and cleaned up a considerable amount. Unlike most AR displays, which get very confusing with many different objects in the environment, Junaio seems clutter free. That is due to the fact that all locations of interest are shown on the same level bar.
Metaio promises to release AR aps for both the Android and Symbian OSes in the near future as well. So far, their product looks pretty good. Time will tell if it's unique enough to thrive.
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