"Augmented reality, or the ability to overlay information on
real-world views seen through a smartphone camera lens, is poised
to become the next hot trend in mobile apps.
"Until recently augmented reality (AR) was mainly relegated to
college and other research labs. That's changing, as AR is starting
to show up in mobile applications with the release of new
smartphones, including the iPhone 3GS and Android handsets,
equipped to support the technology.
""We're entering a whole new era of augmented reality because
now smartphones have compasses, sensors, GPS, accelerometers and
powerful processors," Eric Klopfer, an associate professor at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology who conducts AR research,
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