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TAMUmobile app now supports augmented reality

University announces new update for TAMUmobile application

The Texas A&M University has announced the launch of its latest mobile application for the iPhone platform. The application is called TAMUmobile 3.2.2 and it includes support for technology that was absent from its predecessors. The application is now capable of making use of augmented reality, allowing users to engage in dynamic digital experiences through their mobile devices and tablets. The application is host to numerous features that are designed to make university life a little easier for attending students.

App to meet the needs of tech-savvy students

Texas A&M officials claim that the application provides students with information and resources concerning the university and its various services. Officials suggest that the application is a response to the growing demands for such a tool from students and represents the school’s continued efforts to appeal to a new generation of tech-savvy individuals. The augmented reality capabilities of the TAMUmobile application will address the wants and needs of students in a high-tech fashion.Augmented Reality app for students

Augmented reality to help students find information on their surroundings

The application uses augmented reality to provide students with detailed information concerning their surroundings. Using the application, a student can find classes, locate hard-to-find campus buildings, and even learn the history behind some of the university’s more aged structures. The TAMUmobile app is expected to be well received amongst students, especially those just arriving to the university who have limited knowledge of the campus layout.

University continues to work to provide new services to tech-savvy students

The TAMUmobile application is available for the BlackBerry, Android, and iOS platforms, but the augmented reality version of the tool is available only for iPhones and iPads. This is expected to change in the near future as the university works to develop augmented reality capabilities for the other versions of the application. Texas A&M is the first and largest public institution in the U.S. to introduce a mobile suite of tools for students. Since the release of these tools in 2009, the university has been working to provide more robust services to students who are becoming increasingly reliant on mobile technology.

New mobile commerce service to link Japan and South Korea

Docomo and KT Corporation team for the sake of mobile commerce

Japan’s Docomo, a leading mobile network operator, has teamed with South Korea’s KT Corporation, an information and communications business, to develop a new mobile commerce system based on NFC technology. The mobile commerce system will be designed for use in both Japan and South Korea and will facilitate payments for goods and services through the use of a mobile device. The initiative is expected to help boost consumer exposure to mobile commerce and NFC technology exponentially.

Japanese consumers to use Cashbee service

The mobile commerce system will allow Japanese consumers with NFC-enabled smart phones to make payments in South Korea without having to worry about money changing. This will be accomplished through South Korea’s extensive Cashbee service, which already allows citizens of the country to participate in mobile commerce. The service comes from the KT Corporation and its accessibility to Japanese consumers is considered the first practical step of the partnership between the two companies.Mobile Commerce in Japan and South Korea

Lack of NFC-enabled devices could slow plans for mobile commerce development

Docomo expects the Cashbee service to be available to Japanese consumers in the first half of 2013. After the service becomes widely available, both Docomo and the KT Corporation will begin introducing new, cross-border services concerning mobile commerce, marketing, and mass-transit ticketing, all based on NFC technology. The two companies believe NFC technology could help bring a wide variety of convenient services to consumers in both countries, but the lack of available NFC-enabled mobile devices may delay the duo’s plans.

Demand for NFC-enabled devices reaching new heights

Despite the growing popularity of mobile commerce and NFC technology, mobile devices capable of conducting mobile transactions are still rare. Many new devices, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S III, are equipped with NFC technology, but there are currently not enough to meet the demand of consumers interested in mobile commerce. Without the adequate supply of NFC-enabled mobile devices, any plans concerning the widespread use of mobile commerce services is expected to find some difficulty gaining traction with consumers.

Wikitude releases SDK for BlackBerry 10 OS

Wikitude now available for BlackBerry developers

Wikitude GmbH, one of the world’s leading augmented reality developers, has announced that a software development kit for its flagship platform is now available for BlackBerry 10. The Wikitude platform has been used extensively by developers interested in creating augmented reality applications, but this is the first time those attached to the BlackBerry operating system will get a chance to make use of the platform. The DSK will help BlackBerry developers create augmented reality applications for an often overlooked demographic that favors BlackBerry mobile devices over others.

SDK designed to be accessible to developers of varying experience levels

With the release of the SDK for BlackBerry 10, Wikitude is the first augmented reality platform to cater to developers of all kinds. The SDK allows developers to make use of Wikitude’s acclaimed Architect engine, which allows them to build digital worlds that make use of HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. Wikitude notes that the simplistic nature of the SDK makes it appealing to developers of varying experience levels and removes the need for people to learn new programming languages.BlackBerry Augmented Reality

Demand for augmented reality growing amongst consumers

The demand for augmented reality applications is growing as more consumers become exposed to the capabilities of t he technology. These consumers are finding augmented reality appealing because of its dynamic nature. Thus, application developers have a promising opportunity to find some success by developing new apps that make use of the technology and meet the needs of consumers. The BlackBerry platform has long been neglected in this sense, but this has been changed by Wikitude.

Wikitude expected to boost number of apps available to BlackBerry platform

Beta testing for the Wikitude BlackBerry 10 SDK began in May of this month. Wikitide used feedback acquired through this testing phase to improve the platform and make it more accommodating to the needs of developers. Backed by the new SDK, developers are expected to bring more augmented reality applications to the BlackBerry platform, which has approximately 100,000 applications in all.