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Top 5 Augmented Reality Apps for iPhone

Find the best AR apps on iPhone

The concept of virtual reality is nothing new, having been popularised in the '90s by movies like The Lawnmower Man. Augmented reality (AR), however, is a much more recent tech phenomenon, and offers users a real-time view of their surroundings enhanced by CGI.

AR developers make use of the iPhone's state-of-the-art gyroscope and accelerometers to capture floor plans or create virtual objects, for instance, but what are the Top 5 augmented reality apps on iPhone?

See if you can believe what is possible with this collection of the best augmented reality apps for iPhone.

Apologies to all you Star Wars fans, I'm afraid. Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner didn't make it onto our shortlist. Still, the Blu-ray box set looks nice.

We weren't all blessed with brains the size of Brian Cox, so any attempt to 'study' the night sky by we mere mortals normally ends in abject failure. If only we could point our iPhone 4 at a random constellation and receive real-time feedback via an on-screen overlay? Vito Technology's Star Walk turns that wishful thinking into a reality. An augmented reality, in fact.
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Finnish games developer Grey Area has managed to pull off the impossible: making Slough remotely interesting. Shadow Cities is a global location-based MMORPG that transforms your sleepy neighbourhood into an augmented reality battleground for teams of mages. Your mission is to conquer the city and hunt down rogue spirits. Mind out for the wheelie bin over there, though. Ouch.
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8.0
"¿Tiene algo para picar?", "¿Cuándo cierran?, and "Otra ronda, por favor." Three of the most useful phrases any foreign tourist should have up his sleeve in Madrid. And if something takes your fancy off the taverna menu, whip out Word Lens and let its live translation magic begin. You'll have to keep the printed text in focus, though, for the software to translate the Menú successfully. Easier said than done when bladdered.
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Down here on terra firma, Qi is undecided: Thai or Indian cuisine? Whichever I choose, Where To? will direct me to my nearest Asian restaurant in a matter of seconds. What's more - points of interest en route to Bombay Palace, as well as the destination itself, are displayed on top of reality on your handset's touchscreen. No excuses for getting lost now.
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And now for something completely different. And ruddy ingenious. In Phase2 Media's Email 'n Walk app, the text of your email / SMS / IM is superimposed on the video feed from your camera, meaning you can type and jog at the same time without fear of bumping into trees. Who said multitasking couldn't be fun?! Mind out for the wheelie b-
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7.0
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