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Heads Up Navigator: 3D Augmented Reality Navigation

By Niftybrick Software

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Want to really show off your iPhone 3GS?

Heads-Up Navigator provides an immersive, "augmented reality" navigation experience by overlaying floating 3D labels directly onto the world around you, as shown by your phone's built-in camera. The display tilts and pivots as you move your phone through real space, letting you easily visualize landmarks and addresses near you. You have to experience it to understand!

iPhone and iPod Touch devices other than the iPhone 3GS don't have a built-in electronic compass, so the direction you are facing can't be automatically determined. On those devices, a wireframe mode is provided that shows a 3D visualization, with arrows for manually rotating through virtual space. The wireframe visualization still tilts automatically as you tilt your phone.

All modes show an small overlay map of your surroundings, which rotates in real time with the phone, so you can navigate confidently along city streets. If you face your phone towards the ground, the map expands to fill the entire screen for ease of navigation.

Easily indicate the locations you want to visualize by entering addresses or the names of important parks or landmarks. You can also manually enter locations of interest by directly adjusting a map pin.

Please note, your location may be detected less accurately on the original iPhone model, which lacks a GPS receiver, or when operating indoors, where GPS is unavailable. On iPod Touch devices, it may sometimes not be possible to get a location fix at all, since iPod Touch devices must rely on nearby WiFi networks to determine their location, which doesn't provide coverage in all areas.

You can try Heads-Up Navigator free with this fully functional ad-supported version. If you would like an experience without advertisements, search for Heads-Up Navigator Pro.

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What's New in Version 1.1

- Fixed an issue where the second step of the calibration process would sometimes display "Wrong Orientation" even when the phone was correctly oriented

- New feature: if you hold your phone parallel to the ground while in live-view mode, the live map will zoom open to cover the whole screen. Tilt your phone back up to zoom it back to the corner!

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Customer Reviews

Other reviewers are ignorant

People are complaining about all the things this app doesn't do, that it never claimed to do.

In retrospect, naming the app "navigator" was a mistake. People these days think of turn by turn when they hear that.

But for what it is, I'm in love with this thing. I like to stand on hills and try to guess what I'm looking at off in the distance, then search to confirm. Then when I'm down below, I can see where I was standing on the hill. Pretty magical use of the technology.

Best free AR app

You're not gonna get an app that's better than gps units for free, as a free app this is totally cool and fun. Great for showing off. Not sure if I'd bother downloading it on anything other than a 3gs. Keep the AR apps coming!
Update suggestions: dragging the pin is a hassle, would be nice if I could just double-tap to mark a location or select adresses from my contacts.

Great app!

I would happily give it the full five stars if points of reference were a bit easier to define and with a touch more accuracy. Overall though, it is a fantastic free app, one that will be used and will stay on my iPhone 3GS for a very long time!

Heads Up Navigator: 3D Augmented Reality Navigation
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  • Free
  • Category: Navigation
  • Updated: Nov 20, 2009
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 0.9 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Niftybrick Software, LLC

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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