Stunning Augmented Reality Stargazing Arrives on the iPad 2

Stunning Augmented Reality Stargazing Arrives on the iPad 2

It’s no secret that the iPad 2 should open the floodgates of the augmented reality experience — and here’s another example of what the iPad 2 can do with AR.

No doubt in anticipation of Yuri’s Night, Vito Technology has just released an AR-equipped version of their venerable star-watching iPad app, Star Walk ($5). Just hold the screen up to the sky and the app will superimpose constellations and all sorts of other info onto a realtime image of the sky being viewed through the iPad 2’s camera. And that’s on top of all the other cool features, like a satellite tracker, night mode and a time-machine function that lets you see what the sky looks like on any given day or time.

Still saving for an iPad 2? That’s ok, the iPhone version has the same features (but not the awesomeness of the iPad’s giant screen), and it’s on sale for a buck till April 12 — which, not coincidentally,  is Yuri’s Night.

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  • bplano

    It’s free on the Xoom… :\

  • elimilchman

    Bryant, maybe someone should mention that to retailers:

    http://www.cultofmac.com/repor

  • Gary McRoberts

    Star Walk isn’t even available on Android so how can it be free on the Xoom? If you mean Google SkyMaps, totally different app and although very good not nearly as gorgeous as Star Walk.

  • Stephen Brain

    Anyone who likes this kind of software ought to try out “Planets.” It’s free and it is amazing. Exists for both iPad and iPod/iPhone.

  • Guest

    Good covered point, lots of people simply put something weired theories in front of public.
    But it doesn’t work i think because know one sure how it will going to happen
    It looks like just coping ideas which someone has already written. I found even on
    popular blogs guest bloggers bring same theories which I already know. I observed they
    just try to spice up their article without knowing what really audience want to read.

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  • Guest

    Good covered point, lots of people simply put something weired theories in front of public.
    But it doesn’t work i think because know one sure how it will going to happen
    It looks like just coping ideas which someone has already written. I found even on
    popular blogs guest bloggers bring same theories which I already know. I observed they
    just try to spice up their article without knowing what really audience want to read.

    Thanks

    Stock tips

  • bplano

    Right? I suppose people could care less about the Xoom. I hear it’s only sold 100,000 units anyway.

    Money to be made on the iPad? Yes. On the Xoom? Nope.

    And yeah, @nvbrit you’re right – SkyMaps is different. I suppose it depends on what you’re looking for in a stargazing-like app though.

  • David Noble

    Guys, I think Bryant was kidding.

  • KillianBell

    Aseem, your comment has been moderated to remove the link – which makes it look like spam.

    Killian

  • Tash Wahid

    Are we sure it needs/uses the camera. I did it indoors with a cover for the ipad 1 (which doesnt have holes for the camera) and it worked fine. I think it just uses the hardware of the ipad to figure out which way you are pointing and tilting the camera. I am assuming that it has a gyroscope.

  • elimilchman

    David, rather noble of you to intervene.

  • elimilchman

    Tash, the app displays the real sky on the screen through the camera. Then the gyro and location services do the rest and overlay info on top of the real image, so you can name that little sparkly dot you’re looking up at in the sky. I’m sure it’ll work fine without the camera, it’s just less useful.

  • elimilchman

    Tash, the app displays the real sky on the screen through the camera. Then the gyro and location services do the rest and overlay info on top of the real image, so you can name that little sparkly dot you’re looking up at in the sky. I’m sure it’ll work fine without the camera, it’s just less useful.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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