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Augmented Reality Apps

Augmented reality apps take advantage of your camera and knowing where you are. These apps are incredibly fun and very useful. We take a look at the best ones in this AppList.

Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer

by ozPDA

Sun Seeker allows you to keep track of where the sun will be in the sky A great tool for real estate buyers, photographers, gardeners, tanners and anyone who needs to know where to find the sun.

Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner

by THQ Inc.

Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner integrates augmented reality in a very cool way. Simply turn on AR mode and every level is played in your actual environment. Your camera provides you the backdrop for your battle. Your gyroscope is used to control your ship. There is nothing quite like battling Tie Fighters in your own backyard.

Star Walk™ - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide

by Vito Technology Inc.

Star Walk is one of the coolest augmented reality apps out there. Simply point your iPhone at the night sky and you’ll be learning what is up there in seconds. The compass and gyroscope let the app know where you are. If you ever need to locate a planet or a constellation, this app is for you.

Layar - Augmented Reality

by Layar B.V.

Layar Reality Browser is an app that helps you discover the world around you. Simply point your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 at a building and it will show you what it is. Several people have mentioned that this free app is crash-prone. We did not have a problem with this in our testing. Layar is a cool idea that will get even better in time.


by Pavel Ahafonau

Spyglass turns your iPhone into a heads-up display. It includes tracking of the moon, sun, stars, and many more data points. You can even measure the distance to an object with this app. The heads-up display is very cool and worth the price of admission.

Sky Siege 3D

by Simbiotics

Sky Siege 3D takes the battle to your family room. The ultimate dog fighting app turns whatever room you are in into a battlefield. The graphics are stunning. There is plenty of gameplay to keep you busy and coming back for more. Sky Siege 3D is another app that takes great advantage of augmented reality features.

Wall Painter

by Digital Rising LLC

Wall Painter is one of those simple utilities that really blows you away. Imagine being able to visualize your walls as a different color. Well, this app does just that! Simply take a picture with your iPhone 4 and the app will detect the walls and paint them your color of choice.