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Augmented Reality And The Tourism Industry

Augmented Reality (AR) allows recorded and animated images to blend and be viewed in real time. Most of the past augmented reality apps mainly focused on entertainment, such as the Lego Kiosks, futuristic baseball cards and even a virtual tour of the starship Enterprise. More recent apps however, have shifted their focus: providing travelers with useful information and answers to their possible questions.

What does augmented reality mean for tourism?
Augmented reality apps comprise different layers, such as museums, historic sites, dining and real estate to name but a few. The tourism layer, however, is the one most commonly used. This makes sense since tourists need information which will make their travelling experience easier, more informed and more secure, allowing travelers to experience the destination before they arrive.

A few examples of how augmented reality was used in tourism
TripAdvisor launched their Augmented Reality Tours app for iPad this month, using images from Google Street View to create a virtual walk through various destinations. This app might not be as advanced as apps by Layar, Lonely Planet or mTrip, but is still more useful and fun to use than 2D maps.

The Beijing Institute of Technology created a virtual reconstruction of Yuanmingyuan, a local historic site destroyed in 1860 during the Opium War, by using various paintings and sketches. They built a coin-operated viewing platform which tourists can use to see what Yuanmingyuan used to look like.

The Cluny Abbey Museum in France has a giant augmented reality screen, a window to the past if you will, allowing users to travel back in time and view a pre-destruction example of the Abbey. GraffitiGeo launched the first ever augmented reality restaurant recommendations app. Just point your phone towards a restaurant and see immediate reviews.

There are a lot of augmented reality apps, too many to mention in only one blog. Did I miss your favourite? Please share it with us in the comments.

Emerging Trends Of Mobile Phone Industry

The cell phone accessories are adapted to use in cell phones of different brands such as, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Sanyo, LG etc. These cell phone accessories would mean nothing for some of you whereas to others they would make the decision of whether to buy the cell phone or not. The use of cell phones has become so popular that many of the phones now carry cell phone accessories to go along with their particular brands like siemens phone covers, motorola phone covers, samsung phone covers, ericsson phone covers, sagem phone covers etc.

Beyond sending text messages and making voice calls, modern day mobile phones come bundled with many advanced features. Some of the important ones to mention include Bluetooth connectivity, internet browsing, music (MP3. MP4) playback, personal organizer functions, e-mail, instant messaging, built-in cameras and camcorders, ring tones, games, radio, Push-to-Talk (PTT), infrared and call registers, ability to watch streaming video or download video for later viewing, video calling and serving as a wireless modem for a PC. With so much of improved luxury functions added in mobile sets, the need for more of mobile accessories like different types of cell phone face covers, headphone sets, wired and wireless accessories, memory cards etc has also revolutionized.

Nokia being the worlds largest manufacturer and supplier of mobile phones had a global device market share of approximately 40% according to the market statistics in WIKI 2008. The other major mobile phone manufacturers include Samsung (14%), Motorola (14%), Sony Ericsson (9%) and LG (7%).These manufacturers account for over 80% of all mobile phones sold and produce phones for sale in most countries.

Mobile phones have become a mass media channel and no mobile phone is complete without its corresponding mobile accessories. From selecting your phone, to choosing the accessories to customizing your ring tones, your options grow more unlimited day by day. Technology development moves fast and mobile phones are at the forefront of the industry’s growth.