Junaio  was an Augmented Reality browser designed for 3G and 4G mobile devices. It was developed by Munich -based company Metaio GmbH. Junaio was the first augmented reality browser which had overcome the accuracy limitations of GPS navigation through LLA Markers latitude, longitude, altitude marker, patent pending. In May  Metaio and all of the company's products were acquired by Apple. Subsequent to the purchase Junaio web presences were removed, and a planned Metaio conference was cancelled.
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When it comes to Augmented Reality browsers on mobile devices, I always particularly liked Junaio just one of the many AR tools created and maintained by Munich-based company Metaio. That is until now.
The new version of Junaio, launching today , has made some major progress in simplifying the UI. Its new interface is much cleaner now and lets you get right to the camera view when the app starts up so you can immediately start scanning AR content, targets or QR codes.
In fact, the team has simplified the initial menu down to three basic functions that are actuated by swipe or button press in the top nav :. I have to say merely reorganizing the menu the way they have makes it much more intuitive to navigate.
Additionally, the content channels seem to make more sense to me now because they are tied more clearly to a search icon. The app is available for download for both iOS and Android platforms here. There is a pdf with example image targets and codes for different games and experiences available here. In fact, the team has simplified the initial menu down to three basic functions that are actuated by swipe or button press in the top nav : Scan QR codes, targets or signs for both AR and non-AR content View real-time, location specific AR content in the viewfinder see middle image above Search for Channel specific content I have to say merely reorganizing the menu the way they have makes it much more intuitive to navigate.
Augmented Reality: Metaio's Junaio
Remember Metaio? Back in February we reported on the company's rather neat brand of markerless augmented reality , and now it has some fresh news: a major revamp to its Junaio AR browser for iOS and Android, which incorporates the markerless algorithms and a lot more besides. Right now, the app is worth a peek for the various curiosities demo'd after the break -- such as the ability to see other people's Instagram photos overlaid on the view from your rear camera, showing the direction and distance to the point where they were snapped. In time, though, we're really hoping that developers will latch on to platforms like this and take AR to where it needs to be: something that let's us recognize and augment people and objects naturally and instantaneously, without pre-conceived markers. In fact, Junaio really needs to have coffee with Project Glass. Update : looks like the Android version has jammed in a pipe somewhere and won't hit Google Play til June 25th. Metaio adds new look, new feel, new API to junaio, bringing mobile browsing closer to reality.
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