Wikitude: Combining the Beauty of Augmented Reality and Travel
There are plenty of apps out there that can assist you in finding stuff to do while traveling. The only problem is, most of these apps pretty much look the same. They’ll either present the information in a list form or give you a map that shows you the locations that you can head to. And while that’s all well and good, having the same views and formats across all these travel apps can get pretty boring. Enter Wikitude. Dubbed the “Best Augmented Reality Browser” four years in a row, this nifty mobile app serves as your third eye while traveling. Not only does it show you where you can go and what you can do, but the app also offers a highly immersive experience, unlike lists or maps.
How it Works
So how does Wikitude do it? Simple. It uses your smartphone’s camera. All you need to do is hold up your smartphone and take a look at your surroundings using your camera phone viewfinder. The app will then generate information and tidbits about whatever your camera is pointing at, and you’ll see all the information right on your screen. So, let’s say you’re in the middle of Manhattan, NY and you want to use your Wikitude app to find a good place to eat. Simply launch it, point the camera to a particular direction--like a building that’s in front of you--and Wikitude will then display the establishments that you can check on your screen, as you’re holding it up. Not a fan of augmented reality and want to view information in a more traditional format? Not to worry, Wikitude also has a list or map view, in case you want to go that route.
Place Discovery at its finest
Wikitude works for a variety of categories, including food, hotels, shopping, entertainment and so much more. You can even grab mobile coupons, offers, and bargains for establishments in the vicinity. And don’t worry--you won’t go in blind. The app connects with review sites and services such as Yelp, Qype, Hotels.com (Expedia), TripAdvisor, and more so you can read reviews and find more information about a particular restaurant, hotel, or store. It doesn’t stop there, Wikitude lets travelers scan their bills and banknotes to get exchange rates. That way, you’ll know exactly how much you need to bring on your trip.
And just when you thought this app couldn’t get any cooler, get a load of its games. If you’re bored at the airport or are waiting for the next bus to arrive, simply use Wikitude to keep yourself entertained. The app comes with a bunch of augmented reality games such as Alien Attack, Swat the Fly, or Bubble Tap.]
Wikitude is available on a number of mobile operating systems, including iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone. In case you need more device support or if you encounter any problems with the app, just shoot an email to bugs [at] Wikitude [dot] com or swing by the community forums.