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Layar on iPhone now in Japanese, Korean and Russian

Maarten Lens-FitzGerald March 31, 2010

世界を見る - 세상을보고 - Увидеть мир*

Many things are better in your own native language. So is Layar. The Layar Reality Browser now has language support in Japanese, Korean and Russian. Get yours in the app store.

Also, for those who missed it: Layar already has language support in English, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish and German.

* See the world!


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32 new layers launched; Get inspired by “Art & Culture” layers

Redactie March 29, 2010

32 new layers have been launched recently. Amongst them a couple of “Art & Culture” layers, which makes you enjoy virtual art in Layar or helps you to find art around you. We talked to Alex Young from MOB (Mobile Online Business Pty Ltd), who developed the Sculpture by the Sea layer in Australia in 2009 and with Russell JVM Gutierrez from flippingNORMALS (Hong Kong Art walk 2010 layer) and Christian Meinhardt from Superimpose (WTC and Virtual Public Art Project layers), who launched art layers recently.

What inspired you to develop these layers? Christian: “It is all about the perception of reality, it is about adding layers of abstraction as well as visible information to our surroundings and thereby enhancing our understanding of the world. A great aspect of this is to show realities that have been or that could be, as in the WTC layer project that brings back a reality that does not exist anymore. But you can go even further and think about creating additional or parallel realities existing on top of our common reality. That is an aspect you will find in the VPAP [Virtual Publik Art Project] layer project, here we offer artists the possibility to create new kinds of realities, that allow us to see the world through the eyes of the artist, thereby redefining it.
Russel: “We have always been tuned in to AR in general and Layar in particular. In Hong Kong, there is a noticeable lack of local layers, which is odd since there are a variety of interesting sites and events always going on - from traditional shrines to places where you can watch football live in the early hours of the morning.” Alex: “When we started working on the Layar platform we felt it was a perfect fit for the Bondi 2009 exhibition (outdoor and set along 2.5km of coastline around the iconic Bondi Beach in Sydney). The layer showed people where the Public Facilities such as toilets, bus stops and cafe’s were as well as providing detailed information on sculptures from a set of the exhibiting artists.”
What does the layer bring the user? And what is crucial for an optimal experience? Christian: “Layar, in particular using its new 3d functions offers us a fantastic tool to explore these ideas and make them accessible to a global audience.” Russel: “The Art Walk naturally springs to mind. There are several participating galleries this year, most of them clustered around the Central, SOHO and Sheung Wan areas. The whole concept of the Art Walk is to encourage users to visit these galleries in one night to see the art and meet other people over drinks. The layer makes it easier to find these galleries, specially those that are not on the main path.” Alex: “At first we only wanted to display information relating to a sub-set of the works, as the printed Catalog (sold on-site) is a revenue source for the Sculpture by the Sea organization. The launch of the Layar App Store will provide a great opportunity to extend the layer, as people could choose to purchase the layer (as a Catalog) as an alternative to the printed version. The layer brings the opportunity to literally have a “catalog in their pocket”.
Who made the art objects visible in the layer (and what does a such a layer mean for the artists)? Christian: “The Virtual Public Art Project (VPAP) was initiated by US-based artist Chris Manzione and realized in cooperation with Superimpose. Starting with an inaugural exhibition of works shown on 14 locations around the globe more artists and artworks will be added over the coming months.”
The artist [Chris Manzione]: “Different than most other AR applications that look out into the world for information, VPAP interests lie in looking inward, onto an object. Another key element of our layar is that the objects are site-specific. This is different than most other digital media that can be easily transfered and shared. This requires the users presence and interaction with the site itself. Also being site-specific and with non of the limitations that physical artworks carry gives these artworks a context never seen before.” Alex: “Independent artists from Australia and around the world created the sculptures. Ideally it would be great to work with some of the artists who create 3D models of their works prior to creating them so we could use these as the Points of Interest icons for their works.”
Any other thoughts, idea’s or things you’d like to share? Christian: “I am really exited to announce another layar project of this kind coming from us soon.. For now I can’t tell you more, it is still secret…” Russel: “AR has a big potential in Hong Kong (HK), though not a lot of developers and companies here are taking advantage of it yet. iPhone (and more recently, Android phones) have a high penetration rate of the mobile market in HK so a lot of people potentially have access to the Layar app. One of our main goals is to first increase the visibility of AR in HK, and the only way to do that is to build more interesting layers. One of the next exciting projects we are looking to do involve mapping the street and graffiti art in HK and building a layer on top of that.”
Alex: “Art & Culture” layers are a great way to provide information to people in an accessible way.  It opens up and enriches the cities and landscapes that we live in. We are currently working with the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney to create a layer that uses historical photos of Sydney and overlays them onto the modern environment.  This will open up the history of Sydney to everyone wherever they are within the city.  We hope that it will lead to more interest by people to explore their culture and cities in more depth.” All newest launched layers: WTC- New York, US Virtual Public Art Project - international HK Art Walk 2010 - Hong Kong Hotels Now! - international UPCOMING - international AroundTown R’dam (Game) - Rotterdam, Netherlands AppAware for Layar - international Explore South Africa - South Africa House Detective - Germany, Italy, Spain, UK SA Golf Courses - South Africa Second Cup locator - Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, Jordan, Oman ,Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates 横浜観光案内 - Yokohama, Japan Urban Walkabout - Sidney, Australia 『今から』泊まれる宿検索 - Japan Stelling van Amsterdam - Amsterdam, Netherlands Bath Pub Guide - Bath, UK Political Party Time - US Project Noah - international Dutch Highschools - Netherlands Tilburg University - Tilburg, Netherlands Se salgspriser for danske ejendomme - Denmark NWS NEXRAD Level 3 Storm Attributes - Iowa, US קניונים בישראל - Israel בנקים בישראל - Israel MyCosmik Supplies: WiFi hotspots and SIM cards - international Find a Property - UK 不動産アーカイブ検索 - Next - Japan Aviones LocalizaTodo - Portugal, Spain YMCA Old Valletta -Malta Hot Spots Katowice - Katowice, Poland GipuzkoaMarket - Gipuzkoa (province in Basque country), Spain Discover Shropshire - Shrewsbury, UK Please open this post to see screenshots and descriptions of all layers. WTC Description: World Trade Center New York virtual memorial. This is a virtual memorial to the WTC World Trade Center on location in New York as it was present from 1971 to September 11, 2001. Geographical spread: WTC, New York, US Developer: Christian Meinhardt Developer Company: Superimpose Virtual Public Art Project Description: An Augmented Reality platform for the public display of digital works of art. Geographical spread: international Developer: Christian Meinhardt Developer Company: Superimpose HK Art Walk 2010 Description: List of participating galleries for the Hong Kong Art Walk 2010 - Hong Kong’s premier charity art event - will be held on Wednesday, 17 March 2010 between 5pm to 12midnight. For more information, see Geographical spread: Hong Kong Developer: Russell Gutierrez Developer Company: flippingNORMALS Hotels Now! (English & Deutsch) Description: Displays the available hotels in your area. See and book: By map, list or with the camera of your mobile phone. Easy and fast: Check price, location and amenities. Book the hotel of your choice for the best price directly with your mobile phone. Your benefits: # Direct availability, even at the last minute # Free booking - even without a credit card # Payment at the hotel # Free to cancel until 6pm on day of arrival Geographical spread: international Developer: Andreas Nöthen Developer Company: HRS Hotel Reservation ServiceDeveloper UPCOMING Description: Upcoming events & things to do. Geographical spread: international Developer: Pablo Garcia Developer Company: ELIPSE AD AroundTown R’dam - Game Description: Op zoek naar de ultieme stadsbelevenis? CityTour & CityGame. Deze AroundTown Layar biedt je een unieke belevenis van Rotterdam centrum. Speel ook de CityGame en maak kans op een orginele chopperbike van Nirve twv € 850,00 ! Geographical spread: Rotterdam, Netherlands Developer: Victor van Rijn Developer Company: MediaMedics AppAware for Layar Description: What are people around you installing on Android phones? AppAware shares online your installations, updates and removals of Android applications. In this way you become aware (App-Aware) of what other users are installing on their Android phones right now and around you! Please visit: Keywords: appaware, application, android, phone, mobile, eth, zurich Geographical spread: international Developer: Andrea Girardello Developer Company: Information Management Explore South Africa Description: Comprehensive augmented reality guide to South Africa. Geographical spread: South Africa Developer: Feroz Osman-Latib Developer Company: WebFive Media House Detective Description: Investigate houses for sale or rent nearby. The House Detective will find details of any houses for sale or rent around you, showing the price, number of bedrooms and other distinguishing features. The search results are powered by Geographical spread: Germany, Italy, Spain, UK Developer: Alex Tucker Developer Company: Alex Tucker SA Golf Courses Description: 500+ golf courses throughout South Africa with course detail. This layer gives you the location of golf courses throughout South Africa. Premium listings include a detailed description of the course as well as a AR view of the course that shows distance and direction to the green, water hazards and sand bunkers. Geographical spread: South Africa Developer: Feroz Osman-Latib Developer Company: WebFive Media Second Cup locator Description: Second Cup is Canada’s largest specialty coffee café franchisor. Since its inception, Second Cup has grown to more than 340 cafés across Canada and over 50 cafés internationally. Geographical spread: Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, Jordan, Oman ,Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates Developer: Mathijs Gajentaan Developer Company: Winvolve 横浜観光案内 - yokohama Description: 横浜近郊の観光スポットをご案内いたします。 Detail Description: Yokohama Station, and tourist facilities in the heart of Yokohama Minato Mirai area, tourist attractions, you can find information such as the cruise ship. Provides a link to the homepage of each facility. Geographical spread: Yokohama, Japan Developer: Shinichi Wakasugi Developer Company: atWare, Inc Urban Walkabout Description: Fashion, design & lifestyle in Sydney. In addition to this layer, Urban Walkabout publishes and the Urban Walkabout Sydney Shopping Guides, a series of carefully designed Geographical spread: Sidney, Australia Developer: Rob Manson Developer Company: MOB (Mobile Online Business Pty Ltd) 『今から』泊まれる宿検索 Description: 現在、空室がある宿泊施設が検索できます。; accommodation search (hotels, lodging and tourist resorts) Geographical spread: Japan Developer: Shinichi Wakasugi Developer Company: atWare, Inc Stelling van Amsterdam Description: De Stelling van Amsterdam is een 135 km lange verdedigingskring op 15-20 km rond de hoofdstad Amsterdam Geographical spread: Amsterdam, Netherlands Developer: Mike van Drongelen Developer Company: yellowpond Bath Pub Guide Description: Find your way around the pubs of Bath Geographical spread: Bath, UK Developer: Paul Lewis Developer Company: Media Grand UK Ltd Political Party Time Description: Discover nearby political fundraisers. Layar showing all venues hosting political fundraisers as gathered by Find out where your legislators are mingling with lobbyists. Clicking on a venue will show the latest party there as well as a link to the site to see all parties that have been held at the venue. Geographical spread: US Developer: James Turk Developer Company: Sunlight Labs Project Noah Description: Wildlife sightings from Project Noah Geographical spread: international Developer: Martin Ceperley Developer Company: Emergence Studios Dutch Highschools Description: Alle locaties van 15 grote hogescholen in Nederland Geographical spread: Netherlands Developer: Yori Hak Developer Company: Yworks Tilburg University Description: Tilburg University layar with Points of Interests for students. This layar contains al buildings at the campus, lunch rooms, bars and other interesting locations. Geographical spread: Tilburg, Netherlands Developer: Koen Driessen Developer Company: Tilburg University Se salgspriser for danske ejendomme Description: Se salgspriser for ejendomme i Danmark indenfor kategorierne Ejerlejlighed, Villa, Rækkehus, Fritid og Erhverv. See selling prices of properties in Denmark in the categories Apartment, Villa, Townhouse, Leisure and Business. You can see what a property is sold, commenced sales, and much more. Geographical spread: Denmark Developer: Pimin Konstantin Balic Kefaloukos Developer Company: Grontmij | Carl Bro NWS NEXRAD Level 3 Storm Attributes Description: IEM (Iowa Environmental Mesonet of Iowa State University) provided summary of National Weather Service NEXRAD level 3 storm attributetable. Processes a feed of National Weather Service NEXRAD information in near realtime. The storm attribute tables from the NEXRAD are processed and served via this service. Data is provided as-is and without warranty. Geographical spread: Iowa, US Developer: Daryl Herzmann Developer Company: Iowa State University קניונים בישראל Description: השכבה מציגה את הקניונים הנמצאים בישראל, ומאפשרת מידע לגביהם. [This layers finds shopping malls] Geographical spread: Israel Developer: Dubi Finger Developer Company: Tapuz Mobile בנקים בישראל Description: השכבה מציגה בנקים בכל רחבי הארץ; shows banks across the country Geographical spread: Israel Developer: Dubi Finger Developer Company: Tapuz Mobile MyCosmik Supplies: WiFi hotspots and SIM cards Description: Over 12,000 WiFi hotspots and SIM card resellers that can be used with MyCosmik. MyCosmik’s Value-Roaming is a free piece of software that you download to your mobile phone. It saves you over 75% on mobile calls while abroad and on international calls while at home. Geographical spread: international Developer: William Hill Developer Company: Devicom AB Find a Property Description: Search property for sale, find houses and flats to rent. Powered by Nestoria. Geographical spread: UK Developer: Howard Ogden Developer Company: 不動産アーカイブ検索 - Next Description: HOME’S不動産アーカイブ - ‘Next’ is one of the largest real estate companies in Japan. Geographical spread: Japan Aviones LocalizaTodo Description: Muestra los aviones de LocalizaTodo Geographical spread: Portugal, Spain Developer: Tomas Escartin Developer Company: LocalizaTodo YMCA Old Valletta Description: See buildings of old Valetta as they used to look like Geographical spread: Malta Developer: Jeroen Meijer Developer Company: Hot Spots Katowice Short Description: Search for Hot Spots in Katowice center. Geographical spread: Katowice, Poland Developer: Tomasz Kacała Developer Company: MBT Media GipuzkoaMarket Description: Gipuzkoa Market, el escaparate donde encontrarás todos los productos y servicios de Gipuzkoa Geographical spread: Gipuzkoa (province in Basque country), Spain Developer: karlos g liberal Developer Company: investic s.l Discover Shropshire Description: Discover the history and environment of Shropshire. This Layar is part of the 1630 Panorama exhibition at Rowleys House, Shrewsbury Geographical spread: Shropshire, Shrewsbury, UK Developer: James Grimster Developer Company: Orangeleaf Systems Ltd


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Layar pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S

maurice groenhart March 23, 2010

It’s official and we’re so proud of it. JK Shin, president and head of Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Communication Business just introduced the Galaxy S and Layar is on it. The Samsung Galaxy S will be available in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia, and Asia soon.

The Android-powered Galaxy S incorporates a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor that enables vibrant HD videos, rich augmented reality content through Layar Reality Browser, and advanced LBS (Location Based Services).

This is a huge step in bringing augmented reality to the bigger audience and we are thrilled to be part of it.

The full press release can be found here.


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20 new layers launched; Have fun with screenshot layers

Redactie March 19, 2010

Another 20 layers have been launched recently. Amongst them a couple of new screenshot layers, like the Screenshots layer (3D) from We talked to Johannes la Poutre from Squio and Pablo Garcia-Morato from ElipseAD about their idea’s and motivation behind developing screenshot layers.

Have fun!

Which screen shot layer(s) have you developed so far and are you going to develop more?
Johannes: “We developed the Valentine layer, where users could “frame” their valentine and win prizes via restaurant fifteen and if they sent in a screenshot. This was a last minute project, it went only live 3 days before Valentine but still got huge traffic! Later on we decided to have some fun with Ronald McDonald look-alikes. With this layer you can pose with Ronald or put him in all kinds of strange contexts.”
Pablo: “We have developed Be Famous, a cool layer where you can take pictures with celebreties. We are going to add soon more famous people to that layer. The other one is Avatar. I think almost everyone know that amazing movie and is a great chance to feel like if you where in that phantastic world (Pandora) with its characters. We are going to add many more scenaries and characters to that layer. We are currently working on many new screenshots layers and have many ideas for the future.”

What is your idea behind screenshot layers? Is there any business behind it, or is it just for fun?
Johannes: “With the Valentine layer we got sponsors for the prizes, we wanted to find out how this model works for all parties involved. The Ronald layer is pure for fun, we hope people enjoy it as much as we do!”

Pablo: “Well, the first step is to explore all the possibilities ir order to be able to create more big things. Those first layers are just for fun, but our main ideas are related to marketing and advertising of big brands.”

How do you think (or hope ;-) users will use the screenshot layer?
Johannes: “Augmented Reality is much more about experience than purely informational only. The screenshots layers are an extreme example, we hope in the first place users like them and will forward screenshots to their friends.”
Pablo: “I think that users as long as developers are exploring this amazing world of AR, which opportunities and experiences make them fill like if all the future things we’ve seen in movies have become truth. They can take pictures with imaginary or true characters or things, where ever they are. That’s incredible if you think about it. It’s no only taking a photo, is much more, is feeling a great experience, have in your hand a brand new world of emotions.”

Any other comment or input?
Johannes: “It would be great if Layar added an easier way to take screenshots or the raw camera image and attach actions to these in a next iteration of the application!”
Pablo: “I’ll like to thank Layar for creating such a great platform. I think Layar has opened a new way in AR and have given users and developers a great opportunity to be in touch with that great technology. That’s all! :-D”

All newest launched layers:

Ronalds’ gone mad! - international
- international
- international
LiveSpot Property
- Australia, New Zealand
Las Vegas Casinos -
Las Vegas, US
- international
Rotterdam Culture
- Rotterdam, Netherlands Locaties -
D66 in Amsterdam
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
WVU Campus Map -
Morgantown, West Virginia, US
Unife -
Ferrara, Italy
Valenciennes, France
ar+clip ARアート作品 - Japan
campustukl - Germany
dokiru? - international
Christian Church Finder- UK
ASU - Arizona, US
heAR AUSTIN - Austin, US
Gids Noord-Holland Noord -
Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Gids Haaglanden - Haaglanden, Netherlands

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Ronalds’ gone mad!
Description: Ronald mcDonald has gone MAD! He shows up all over the world doing all sorts of crazy things in the weirdest spots. Have you spotted Ronald somewhere… please send us a screenshot as evidence… Note: use this Layar at your own risk. We do not take any responsibilities for your or Ronalds’ actions.
Geographical spread: international
Developer: johannes La Poutre
Developer Company: Squio

Description: Welcome to Pandora. Take nice screenshots and share them with your friends. Enjoy this amazing planet inhabited by the Na’vi who live in harmony with nature. Find your avatar’s body!
Geographical spread: international
Developer: Pablo Garcia
Developer Company: ELIPSE AD

Description: Want to be famous? Take pictures with your favourite celebrities! Featuring Brad, George, Ronaldo, Scarlett, Megan and Angelina.
Geographical spread: international
Developer: Pablo Garcia
Developer Company: ELIPSE AD

LiveSpot Property
Description: LiveSpot Property lets you find property for sale near you anywhere, anytime.
Geographical spread: Australia, New Zealand
Developer: LiveSpot
Developer Company: LiveSpot

Las Vegas Casinos
Description: All major casinos in Las Vegas, constantly updated by Las Vegas Advisor.
Geographical spread: Las Vegas, US
Developer: Dale Bratcher
Developer Company: Huntington Press

Description: A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam. Muslims often refer to the mosque by its Arabic name, masjid. To add a new mosque is really easy. Just goto
Geographical spread: intl
Developer: Mohammed Zagzoog
Developer Company: Newstar

Rotterdam Culture
Description: Deze layar geeft je de actuele voorstellingen en activiteiten in Rotterdam.
Geographical spread: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Developer: Jeroen Meijer
Developer Company: Locaties
Description: Alle Seats2Meet Locaties op 1 kaart
Geographical spread: Netherlands
Developer: Kees Romkes
Developer Company: Kees Romkes Communication Consultancy

D66 in Amsterdam
Description: De programmapunten van D66 Amsterdam in uw buurt.
Geographical spread: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Developer: Floor Terra
Developer Company: D66

WVU Campus Map
Description: West Virginia University Campus Map
Geographical spread: Morgantown, West Virginia, US
Developer: Steve Spriggs change
Developer Company: West Virginia University

Description: Sedi Università di Ferrara. Visualizza tutte le strutture (Facoltà, Dipartimenti, Centri Universitari) dell’Università degli Studi di Ferrara
Geographical spread: Ferrara, Italy
Developer: Emanuele Borasio
Developer Company: G-maps

Description: Votre compagnon touristique. Visite et découverte des points remarquables de votre patrimoine. Choisissez là où vous voulez allez !
Geographical spread: Valenciennes, France
Developer: Mo LAOUFI
Developer Company: 3ISN

ar+clip ARアート作品
Short Description: カメラを通してARアート作品鑑賞。作品につぶやきも可能。 Looking through the camera view by AR artist can appreciate art installation works.
Geographical spread: Japan

Description: Campus TU KL Navigation
Geographical spread: Germany
Developer: Daniel Broschart
Developer Company: cpe TU KL

Description: dokiru? is the easiest way to meet new people, discover places and find events nearby.
Geographical spread: international
Developer: Jacinto Shy
Developer Company: Monadik Inc.

Christian Church Finder
Description: Lost? Find yourself with our UK Christian Church Finder.
Geographical spread: UK
Developer: AYR Comm
Developer Company: AYR Communications

Description: Arizona State University; This Layar will allow students at Arizona State University to search for POIs relating to buildings on campus. Each POI will have the building’s name and a link to get more info about that building.
Geographical spread: Arizona, US
Developer: Amir, Abdollahi
Developer Company: Arizona State University

Description: heAR AUSTIN, Guide to the Austin, TX scene; March 12th-21st, 2010 the annual Interactive, Music and Film festival in Austin TX. Use the heAR AUSTIN guide to locate venues, learn about bands, view performance schedules, and film schedules.
Geographical spread: Austin, US
Developer: Shawn Bailly
Developer Company: Zehnder Communications

Gids Noord-Holland Noord
Description: Verwijskompasgids Regio Noord-Holland noord. Wie doet wat in de zorg?
Geographical spread: Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Gids Haaglanden
Description: Verwijskompasgids Regio Haaglanden
Geographical spread: Haaglanden, Netherlands


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Layar is not available for the HTC Legend at this time

maurice groenhart March 16, 2010

We have received a lot of questions from users who aren’t able to find Layar in the Android Market on their new HTC Legend devices.There is a technical issue with the camera which we are currently working on with HTC to find a solution. Please keep an eye on our blog for further updates.

Update, 21th of April
Google and HTC confirmed an OTA (over the air) update for the HTC Legend, which will fix the camera issue, in the coming days.

Update, 22th of April
HTC rolled-out the firmware update for all HTC Legend and Desire owners in Europe. To download the firmware:

  1. Go to your phone setting

  2. Select about the phone

  3. Choose System software updates

  4. download the new firmware

  5. Restart your phone

  6. Open the Androidmarket

  7. Download Layar ; )


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