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Layar 5.0 Beta Animation Features Spotted in the Wild!

Chris Cameron February 16, 2011

Last week, we opened up a beta release of Layar 5.0 for Android featuring new sharing and animation capabilities (as well as a few other handy improvements). We were very excited to get this version of the Layar client in the hands of developers to see what wonderful things they could come up with using these new features, and already we’re seeing some great stuff.



Developer and former Layar intern Anthony Maës just recently put together a nice looking layer that shows off the new animation functionality. If you’re running the beta on your Android device, search for “Ferris Wheel” and check out Anthony’s work. Or just watch this YouTube video:





The layer features a 3D model of a spinning ferris wheel with balloons floating around it as carnival music plays in the background. It’s a terrific example of some of the possibilities that Layar 5.0 will introduce for developers.



Anthony created the ferris wheel with two separate 3D models; the wheel and the supports. Being careful about how he designed the models allowed him to use Layar 5.0’s rotation attributes to simulate a spinning ferris wheel. To hear more from Anthony and see the source code, check out his post on the Layar Developer Support Forum.



As another example of animation in Layar 5.0, the ARcade layer has updated its 3D icons to include animation as well. Now the game’s tokens spin in the air and those ever familiar PacMan ghosts have shifty eyes.



If you’re running the beta client, have a look at these layers and let us know when you find other great examples of 5.0 features in the wild!

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Share and Enrich Your Augmented Reality Experience with Layar 5.0

maurice groenhart February 7, 2011








With the Layar Reality Browser 5.0 beta release for Android we’re introducing some great new features integrating richer augmented reality experiences into people’s everyday lives. Layar 5.0 allows for sharing, more interactivity, and more attractive layers.



So what’s new?



Integration with social networks
We’ve made it easy to share your augmented reality experience with your friends and followers. Just log in and connect to Facebook or Twitter (either from the “Settings” menu or from within a layer) to share your favorite layers. You can easily post screenshots and status updates of all your achievements.


For developers, by customizing (using the Sharing API) and posting messages on popular social networks, your layers get pushed into the spotlight and drive additional traffic.

Enjoy the experience

The new animation API includes the option for interactive objects to perform any of several predetermined animation effects. This allows developers to create even better augmented reality experiences by bringing their 3D objects to life and engaging the user.



Find your way around in Augmented Reality
Easy exploration is key in this release. After extensive usability testing and feedback from our community, we re-designed Layar 5.0 to be more user-friendly and intuitive.



One notable change is that Layar 5.0 emphasizes full layers rather than individual spots within each layer. The start-up screen now shows the user’s favorites, rather than spots nearby. The “Nearby” stream is now part of the “Popular” section, and it displays nearby layers instead of spots.












Start-up screenNearby view in the popular section


How do I get Layar Reality Browser 5.0 beta for Android?
Download the Layar 5.0 beta release for Android, try it out and let us know what you think. New features will become available for iPhone soon.



Try it out yourself
Visit our wiki to learn more about the following topics:

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Android users – Join our beta testers group!

maurice groenhart January 6, 2010

You’ve heard that we had to pull out the iPhone app from the App Store due to numerous reports of crashes. We’ve had much difficulty in reproducing the crashes and have decided to expand our group of beta testers. You can help us! So if you are willing to test early versions of our client software and can spend some time reporting any issues you find, please let us know. Since we have enough Iphone Beta Testers we are now looking for Android Beta Testers. So if you have an Android please join our beta test group.

We need the following information:


  • Which phone do you have? Brand and model (e.g. Motorola Droid, etc…)

  • Which OS version do you have? (e.g. Android 2.0.2, etc…)

  • Rooted or clean?

  • If you have an iPhone, we need your UDID: Connect your iPhone to iTunes, select your iPhone in the left column and click on the serial number. This will change to show the UDID. Even though you cannot select this ID, you can now copy (Edit -> Copy) and paste it.

  • If you have an Android device, please send us the IMEI: This can be found on the phone under Settings -> About this phone.




Please use this form to signup for our beta testers program




You will then receive instructions on how to download and install the latest beta versions of our software and how to submit tickets.

Thanks for your help and Happy Holidays!

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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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Press Release: Layar Reality Browser Announces Global Launch and New Features in the Latest Release

Maarten Lens-FitzGerald August 17, 2009

Over 100 partners worldwide developing content layers including well known brands



AMSTERDAM, August 17th 2009. Layar, which was first launched in June 2009 in The Netherlands, announces that its second generation Reality Browser is now available globally on Android devices. Many new content layers are available in the Reality Browser which vary from Wikipedia, Twitter and Brightkite to local services like Yelp, Trulia, store locators, nearby bus stops, mobile coupons, Mazda dealers and tourist, nature and cultural guides.



Layar Reality Browser 2.0
To discover new content quickly and with ease, the new Reality Browser includes sections for ‘Featured’ and ‘Popular’. All layers are also accessible via a keyword search in the search function. Layers that are used often can be saved to ‘Favorites’. In addition to the enhanced augmented reality camera view, it is now possible to select Map or List view. For every Point of Interest (POI), several actions can be taken such as: linking to a mobile site for more information, playing a live location based trivia game, linking to a video or sound clip, clicking to call for reservations, and looking at a route description to the POI. Content partners can fully customize their layer to provide a distinctive experience for the user.



500 more developers
Over 100 developers worldwide have been given access to the Layar platform by means of an API key, and are currently developing layers.



Scott Halcomb of SystemK from Japan, who developed 22 layers including the ‘Sapporo Hotspots’ layer:
“With the Layar API and support of the developers community, creating layers has been a pleasure.”



Dave Elchoness of GoWeb3D from the USA/ India, with 11 layers published including FlickAR:
“We strongly believe that Layar represents the next evolution for mobile applications and feel privileged to participate.”



Michael Coutinho, Technical Manager at Trulia, USA:
“This is a great idea. I was able to develop our layer in about three hours.”



To further grow the community of developers, Layar has released an additional 500 new API keys. The supporting wiki (http://layar.pbworks.com), with developer instructions and documentation, is now available.

Layar for all
Starting from today, Layar is available for everyone with an Android phone anywhere in the world. The Reality Browser can be downloaded in all local Android Markets and is pre-installed on the new Samsung Galaxy (i7500) in The Netherlands.



Dirk Groten, CTO:
“The next platform on which Layar will be available is the iPhone 3GS. We are currently investigating other platforms that support our functionalities.”



Raimo van der Klein, CEO:
“With the release of this Reality Browser we believe we have created a worldwide platform that will bring both fun and relevant Augmented Reality experiences in one application to a growing audience of users.”



Boilerplate
The Layar Reality Browser displays real time digital information on top of reality in the camera screen of the mobile phone. While looking through the phone’s camera lens, a user can see houses for sale, popular bars and shops, tourist information of the area, play a live game, etcetera. Layar first launched on June 16th, 2009 and announced the opening up of its platform by means of an API on July 8th, 2009. The Layar platform serves as an enabler for mobile location services - any database with geo-location information can easily be turned in a content layer. The Layar Reality Browser is globally available for mobile phones running the Android operating system. Layar is a company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



Contact Maarten Lens-FitzGerald at press@layar.com for press inquiries



All press material is on www.layar.com/press
View all new content layers here: http://layar.com/layar-20-content-catalog/
View all new functions here: http://layar.com/layar-20-functional-screens/
View all developer videos here: http://layar.com/7-layar-20-videos/

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