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Layar works on Sony Ericsson X10

Redactie December 6, 2009

We were surprised to see this video on the web made by Sony Ericsson Developer group. Ylva Kronqvist from Sony Ericsson is showing off our browser. No, we did not pay her.. ;-)



Great to see Layar working on the X10.

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Yes we are available for the Droid!

Rhymo December 4, 2009

Layar on the DroidAfter some incredible hard work from our Android Dev Ronald (@jsourcenl) and some testing, from our “Guy with a Droid” Dylan (@mykoan), we are so proud to say that we are finally available on Android Market for all Droid users.



So for the Techies: What did go wrong? Well, on the Droid we had encountered some difficulties in the OpenGL overlay over the camera image. After certain actions, the camera image would be placed on top of the AR world. We did not have this problem with the other Android handsets. That is the reallllly short version ;-)



Minor bug fix: This update also fixes an issue with the sleep/wake functionality that caused Layar to sometimes steal focus when turning on your phone. Sorry about that one..



Verizon Wireless, Motorola and Google thank you for your patience and support.



Now it is time to celebrate the weekend!

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Staging your layers and updating existing layers with 3.0 functionality

Dirk Groten December 4, 2009

We’ve just deployed a new version of the publication site giving developers some cool functionality to stage their layer development:


  • Duplicate layers: You can now just copy a layer’s content to a new layer. This results in a new layer (you can choose the name) in the testing stage.

  • Replace live layers: Layers that have been approved for publication can replace existing live layers. Say you want to upgrade your v2 layer with some cool new 3D functionality. You can duplicate your live layer to have a good starting point, then start making the changes to your layer and test them. Once you’re ready you request publication and we approve it. Now instead of publishing your layer (ending up with two different layers published) you can replace your current live layer. We recommend you use this method, as the layer name is the identifier on the clients and just removing the old one (freeze) and publishing the new one won’t update layers marked as ‘Favorite’ by end-users.

  • Delete frozen layers: You can now delete a layer that has been frozen. Clean up the clutter on your dashboard!



Because the ‘Replace’ process is a bit complex, here’s a detailed description of what happens. When you replace a live layer (‘B’) with the contents of layer ‘A’ ready for publication, the end state will be:

  • The contents of your layer are copied into the live layer without changing the name or the change history. You end up with layer ‘B’ that has the contents of layer ‘A’.

  • The old live layer gets backed up into a new layer with status ‘frozen’, named ‘B_1’ (or _n if previous ones are taken). You can re-copy into the live layer should something have gone horribly wrong. Or just delete it.

  • The original layer ‘A’ is kept but goes back to ‘testing’ stage, so you can use it for your next big upgrade


We hope you’ll find it easier now to upgrade your layers with cool new features.

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Layar 3.0 launched: 5 cases to show the power of the platform

Claire Boonstra December 1, 2009

Today, we are very proud to present to you version 3.0, with fantastic new tools to enable the already more than 1000 active independent content developers to create AR experiences that go far beyond answering the simple ‘where is…?’ question. This new version allows everybody with basic web development skills to create rich immersive experiences that cannot be replicated on a map, in a traditional browser or in a mobile location based application.



This blogpost explains the new features on a technical level; read on to see five cases to show you what Layar 3.0 can mean for people, organizations and brands.






Architectural showcase: the new Market Hall in Rotterdam



Rotterdam is the Dutch capital of modern architecture. The latest eyecatching project by Provast is the construction of the ‘Market hall‘, a U-shaped building designed by renowned architects MVRDV. Completion is planned for 2014, but visitors and inhabitants can already see how the Market Hall looks like, simply by pointing their phone at its construction site. The 3D model enables the visitor to walk around the building and look inside - as if it was already there.
Layer developed by the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) and in cooperation with IN10



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Storytelling: Beatles Tour



Abbey Road in London has become famous for housing the studio where the Beatles recorded most of their albums, including their final and most successful one, “Abbey Road“. Now it is possible to see Ringo, Paul, John and George back on Abbey Road, simply by pointing your phone at the zebra crossing. After having taken some screenshots with your friend standing next to the Beatles in 3D, you can proceed to the next location on the Beatles discovery tour, which covers 42 locations. The next destination only appears after the previous location has been visited.
Layer developed by AugmentReality.co.uk



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History comes alive



How often did you wonder ‘how would this place have looked like hundreds of years ago?’, while standing in Rome, Paris or New York. Layar enables re-creation of a long past reality, by displaying ancient photos overlaid on their current location or even by re-constructing the original building. Imagine you can experience the Colosseum back in its original state, see the audience sitting on the benches and hear the lions roar - as if you were teleported to a scene 1000 years ago, simply by holding up your phone and looking around you. Many of such layers are now in development and will go live in 2010.



Art, messages & fun objects



Hold up your phone and see new pieces of art, specifically created for Augmented Reality. Various artists are creating new art and new ways for people to interact with their work. Experience existing or old pieces of art in a completely new context: not in the museum but outside on the city’s main square or in a park. Or see fun objects like zeppelins and UFO’s or even messages and graffiti in unexpected locations.
Layers in development by WinvolveSuperimpose, Hoppala, Muzar.org



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B2B & personalization



Layar v3.0 features easy login through cookie support, which enables personalization of your layer. This is useful in various ways. Business-to-Business purposes include a closed fleet tracking layer by Masternaut, only visible for employees. It is also useful for social layers: show only the twitterers you follow, tweet from within the layer, or see check-ins from your friends in Foursquare.
Masternaut own layer, Tweeps around layer developed by Squio



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We are extemely proud of what Layar content developers across the globe have already created with Layar v3.0 - in very little time. This sets the stage for a future in which many dreams come true. Where our reality will be enriched with new objects, specifically designed for Augmented Reality. And where completely new worlds will be created.



We are only at the start of a long journey where developers, users and brands can start to explore the possibilities of this new medium - developing engaging experiences with new ways of interaction and service provisioning.



Layar v3.0 can now be downloaded free of charge from the Android Market and is available for all Android 1.5 and 1.6 devices. We will release a compatible version for the Droid as soon as possible. We have almost finished testing for Android 2.0.
A version for the iPhone 3GS is to follow after Apples approval.



See which version 3.0 layers have been launched today

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