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Lonely Planet Augments 42 European City Guides

Chris Cameron June 25, 2012

Attention travelers and adventure seekers!

As of today, the massively popular Lonely Planet travel guides will be able to help you with your travels even more! Just open the Layar app on your smartphone, hold it over the cover of one of the guides and you’ll be able to see tons of practical and up-to-date information to help you on your way.

The print guides now feature live weather, updated event listings and even hotel prices and availability. What other print guide can provide that? But that’s not all. Editorial and Product Development Director Matt Swaine says exclusive content awaits those who view the guides with Layar.

“We’re offering travelers access to hundreds of additional points of interest reviews, video content that they can only get through Lonely Planet’s Layar service and easy ways to book hotels and activities,” says Swaine.

So far, Lonely Planet has enhanced 42 guides from its European city titles. Paris, Rome, London, and (of course) Amsterdam are just a few of the popular tourist destinations with augmented guides.

For Swaine, the opportunity to add digital content to the printed Lonely Planet guides opened up new channels of communication and interaction with customers.

“We very quickly saw the potential for Layar to enhance our books by giving travelers access to content we couldn’t put in the books and by linking to other Lonely Planet services, products and online content,” he says. “There are lots of opportunities out there to chase with print, but clearly digital is going to play an increasing role in people’s lives, and this is where we are focusing the larger part of our product thinking.”

Lonely Planet is looking for your feedback! The first 50 people to email online.editor@lonelyplanet.com will receive a free copy of a Lonely Planet European City Guide, Pocket City Guide or Discover City Guide of their choice. To qualify you must own an Apple iOS or Android device, provide a valid shipping address and agree to provide feedback on the using Layar in conjunction with Lonely Planet books. Use “Layar Trial” as your subject line, and let them know which European city guidebook you’d like them to send you.

Check out the guides today and view them with Layar!

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Friday Links: Explore WW2 Sites and Kinect Hack Eye-Candy

Chris Cameron July 22, 2011

You may have noticed that the Layar blog has gone a bit quiet lately. Don’t worry, we’re still alive, but we’ve been hard at work these days on some new ideas that we think you’re really going to like. In the mean time, we thought we’d take a moment to pass on a few items that have come across our radar in the past week or so.

Personally, I’m a history buff so I would encourage you to check out the WW2Museums.com layer. It takes advantage of a huge database of locations related to World War 2, including museums, monuments, cemeteries and general points of interest from all over Europe and the United States. You can browse the database on their website as well - it may surprise you what you might find right around the corner!

We have a bit of company news to share as well, as we bid farewell to one of our earliest employees, Nanda! You maybe remember our “Meet Layar” profile of Nanda back in February, but in case you need a refresher, she has been Layar’s Office/HR/Management Assistant since nearly the very start. Nanda made sure everything around the office ran smoothly, and we will miss her dearly.

And finally, to leave you with a bit of entertainment and wonderment as we head into another summer weekend, have a look at this impressive AR demo. It’s another in a long line of intriguing hacks of the Xbox Kinect system, and it’s pretty amazing how well the 3D model sticks to the tracker used. And to top it all off, the model features live animation mimicking the motion of the person standing infront of the Kinect.

Enjoy that for now, and don’t worry, we’ll have plenty to share with you in the coming weeks. Just you wait.

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iPhone or Android Developer? Here’s an Offer You Can’t Refuse!

Chris Cameron June 27, 2011

If you hadn’t noticed yet from our barrage of tweets on the subject, Layar is looking to bring on a pair of all-star mobile developers in short order for an awesome summer project.



If you’re an experienced Android or iPhone developer and want to spend your summer in sunny Amsterdam, then we have one sweet deal for you. We’re cooking up some amazing projects for the future and need some kick-ass developers to help us knock it out of the park.



Layar is looking for the best of the best, the cream of the crop, and of course we know it will take more than asking nicely to get you here so we came up with the ultimate Amsterdam Summer Package:



Layar will fly you to Amsterdam, put you up in a cool apartment for the summer, to make sure you can get around like a local we’ll hook you up with a shiny new bike and provide you with one of the most fun work environments there is. Oh, and we’ll offer a competitive salary too.



Our office has beautiful views of both the city and the harbor, features delicious catered lunches each day and is home to some of the most friendly (and often off-beat) people out there.



Not to mention you’ll be in one of Europe’s most sizzling and entertaining cities (we’ll let you decide how to define “entertainment”) during the warmest months of the year. Amsterdam has a very large international community and every summer Amsterdam fills up with tourists because of the laid back vibe, festivals and other exciting things - and you’ll be here for all of it.



Sounding good so far?



You should have a proven track record at developing either iOS or Android applications. You should be able to show us amazing apps where you have played a major part in their development. We’re looking for the developers behind the really cool, featured apps on the app stores. Additional requirements include:


  • 3+ years of experience developing on iOS or Android.

  • 7+ years of development experience in a commercial (preferably startup) environment.

  • Strong background in C++ and Objective-C or Java.

  • Passion for making good looking apps with attention to every detail of the UI.

  • You know how to make an app responsive, fast and likable.

  • Experience working in an agile environment.



You’ll be working closely with our design and UX team, as well as with our other developers (mobile and server back-end) in Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Expect an intensive summer of coding, with the reward of building one of the coolest apps in the market.



We’re looking for people to start A.S.A.P. for two months, possibly three, and if it goes well and we like you we might ask you to stay on permanently. So let’s review…



Free plane ticket to Europe… free housing in Amsterdam… free bike… free food… terrific work environment… competitive salary… get to help create an amazing new product…



Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? What’s the catch? No catch. We just need to best iOS and Android developers out there. If that’s you, send a note to jobs [at] layar [dot] com.

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Newest launched layers: Have fun with Foursquare, find a flu shot, get restaurant or tour tips and much more ..

Redactie November 20, 2009

Foursquare
Description: Foursquare on your phone gives you & your friends new ways of exploring your city. Earn points & unlock badges for discovering new things
Geographical spread: International
Developer: Johannes La Poutre
Developer Company: Squio



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Flu Shot Finder
Description: Flu clinic locator, provides information on where to find both seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccinations
Geographical spread: US
Developer: Yiannis Doxaras
Developer company: Niobium Labs Ldt.



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Spotted by Locals
Description: 22 cityblogs with tips by handpicked locals in 22 European cities - http://www.spottedbylocals.com/layar-augmented-reality
Geographical spread: Europe, currently 22 cities
Developer Name: Daniel Schoone & Martijn Heesters
Developer Company: d-Media



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TripSay
Description: What kind of traveler are you? Rate places to get tips from likeminded travelers
Geographical spread: International
Developer: Juha Huttunen
Developer company: www.Tripsay.com



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Ruta de las Tapas
Description: Sigue la ruta de las tapas de las principales ciudades españolas
Geographical spread: Granada and Madrid, Spain
Developer Name: Pablo Garcia
Developer Company: ELIPSE AD



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Allmenus
Description: Allmenus has over 255,000 menus across the country and online ordering in over 400 cities nationwide
Geographical spread: US
Developer Name: lev steshenko
Developer Company: allmenus



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Schladming-Dachstein
Description: POIs around Schladming-Dachstein in Austria
Geographical spread: Schladming-Dachstein, Austria
Developer Name: Peter Hoeflehner
Developer Company: digitALPS



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trataoproprio.com
Description: Site gratuíto para anúncios de imóveis. Procure e anuncie sem pagar nada
Geographical spread: Portugal
Developer Name: Rui Coelho
Developer Company: trataoproprio.com



UEM
Description: Bienvenido a la universidad interactiva en tu móvil.
Geographical spread: UEM campus, Spain
Developer Name: Pablo Garcia
Developer Company: ELIPSE AD



Lizt Layar
Description: A Layer which contains all the entries from the business directory www.lizt.com.au
Geographical spread: Sydney, Australia
Developer Name: Max Valente
Developer Company: Loyalty Systems



Urzędy w Polsce
Description: Adresy Urzędów w Polsce -Here you will find the addresses of institutions such as municipal offices, municipal offices, service, zus, etc
Geographical spread: Poland
Developer Name: Grzegorz Motowilczuk
Developer Company: PROINFO Marketing & Consulting



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FICOD 09

Description: Layer for the FICOD conference (international forum on digital content) on November 17-18-19
Geographical spread: Spain
Developer: Inigo Jimenez

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