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Augmented Reality based Navigation in a mobile app

Submitted Aug 30, 2012

Augmented Reality has now become a easily accessible technology with almost all smartphones having the ability to provide a decent experience. This talk will be a demo of how a mobile application that helps in Navigation can be built with Layar Augmented reality toolkit.


‘Thru the Galli’ is a mobile app that was built during a hack day. The idea was to solve the last-mile navigation issues associated with current map based direction systems like Google Maps. Current directions system work pretty well for known landmarks. But, to reach a specific location from a popular landmark through shortcuts, human assistance is required.

To solve that problem, one can draw the last-mile route on a map-based interface and share it over SMS/email. This route can be viewed in an Augmented reality powered mobile app. The directions are displayed as virtual floating markers and they would guide the user to the destination.

This talk will be a on how this app was made and a demo. I would also cover various Augmented reality powered mobile applications that are getting popular.

Technologies used and will be briefly covered: Android, LAYAR Augmented Reality SDK and Leaflet.js


Basic understanding of location based mobile apps.

Speaker bio

Co-founder and Fiddler at Ideophone. Android fanboy now started exploring the dark side (read iOS :) ). At Ideophone, we develop mobile apps for Travelers. Our current set of apps have over a lakh users and are gaining good traction.


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