- Top headline of the week obviously goes to Qualcomm, which will launch a free vision based AR framework for Android this fall. In order to encourage developers to use their SDK, Qualcomm holds a contest for best use of the framework, first prize is $125000. I have to get myself an Android phone and start working on that AR Farmville concept! Who's with me?
- int13 (missed you guys!) brings very smooth marker based augmented reality to the feeble Nintendo DSi. They're also submitting AR games to Samsung's Bada store.
- French Laster Technologies creates AR eyewear that isn't revolting (at that's a complement!)
- Layar now used as an art canvas in an interesting project with a Dutch museum.
- Yes, you can even market cancer using augmented reality.
Video of the week shows a social hacking feat which will probably become a common practice as AR goes mainstream. Mark Skwarek and Joseph Hocking created “The leak in your home town”, an augmented reality application for the iPhone, which displays a virtual oil spill whenever you set the phone's camera on a BP logo. Don't expect to see it on the AppStore anytime soon. (via Beyond the Beyond):
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