Category: Augmented Reality Technology

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.

Nokia teams with AOL to bring augmented reality to Lumia

Nokia looks to boost Lumia popularity through use of high-tech software

Nokia has been working to promote the qualities of its Lumia handsets for some time. The company realizes that it will take more than a sleek design to gain the favor of consumers, many of whom have already been won over by Apple’s iPad tablet. As such, Nokia is focused on bolstering the software features of Lumia devices. Earlier this week, Nokia brought the Nokia Music streaming service to Lumia mobile devices in the U.S. Now, the company has set its sights on augmented reality and is getting some help from AOL.

Enhance AOL now available for Lumia devices

AOL and Nokia have teamed in an attempt to bring one of AOL’s applications to Lumia devices. The application is designed to be an entertainment hub and is called Enhance AOL. The application can be used t find information on local movies and concerts, overlaying this information on a real-world environment using augmented reality. In this regard, Enhance AOL is very similar to Nokia’s City Lens augmented reality application, though with a more acute focus on entertainment rather than pure navigation.Nokia augmented reality app

Lumia owners now able to make use of Enhance AOL features

Lumia owners will be able to make use of the various features of the Enhance AOL application. Not only will consumers be able to find information on nearby movies and concerts, they will also be able to purchase tickets online using the application. The application will also give Lumia owners access to the SHOUTcast feature, which will grant them access to full-legnth album previes and more than 55,000 radio stations.

Partnership may help Nokia compete in mobile market

Augmented reality has become a primary focus for Nokia in terms of boosting the popularity of the Lumia line. The company has been working on introducing new augmented reality applications into the Lumia for several years but has been met with only modest results. The Enhance AOL application may provide the Lumia with the momentum it needs to compete with Apple in the mobile market.