London Tube app adds Augmented Reality
Directed by a live consumer compass
The TFL-licenced London Tube app for iPhone has launched a feature that directs customers to points of interest on a map by adding familiar Layar-style markers on their iPhone live view.
As well as standard transport locations like tube stations and bus stops, it's now possible to locate London Cycle Hire Docking stations and many other points of interest within a 1km range.
As seen above, these can then appear as markers over the iPhone live view.
To use the feature, first download the London Tube app and add the Point of Interest packs you desire, Food & Drink, Leisure, Attractions or Accommodation. FYI, the Cycle Hire docking stations are a part of the Leisure pack.
While these maps are available to all users, the Augmented Reality feature will only work for those with the 3GS or iPhone 4.
Each pack is available as an in-app download that costs 59p.
Alternatively, use the Layar app and its TFL Cycle Hire layer, which offers a near identical service for free.®
Why are you pushing this app?
This is a rip off of the superior Tube Deluxe app by Malcolm Barclay. That's the one that deserves to be promoted, not this.
Aren't these the guys that used shill accounts to diss all their competing apps and post glowing reviews of their own ones? Think I'll steer clear of that.
... this augmented reality is great for muggers and thieves alike.
Until they wirelessly send an overlay to your sunglasses or a pair of glasses it's a bit pointless walking around waving your phone in various directions to see what's what, waiting for a snatch.
Built like tanks, check. Brakes pretty feeble, check. But they do have three gears. Granted first gear will have you spinning the pedals like a loon. Very useful IMO. I use them to pop out to the shops at lunchtime or meet up with friends in the evening.
How long until...
.....an iPhone fanboi walks right in front of a bus while looking at their jesus phone?