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Create an engaging and interactive view into Portland's datasets by displaying it on top of the video you see through the camera of your phone. This technique is called Augmented Reality. This would allow you to visually locate nearby services such as bicycle parking, TriMet stops, parks, etc and currently is supported on the iPhone and Google Android platforms.

I am a local iPhone developer and would be very interested to work on this with other mobile developers.

Here is an example application that locates the nearest train station: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/tags/nearest-tube/

You can read more about this technology at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality

Discussion
lismurph :: April 8, 2010 - 11:40am

Hi Roy, My name is Lisa and I am the product marketing manager for junaio, an augmented reality browser that displays information in the real world. I love your idea of creating a virtual Portland city using augmented reality. Our junaio platform also has an open API for developers to create these experiences. Love to chat with you more and see if we can work together to create this jointly. Thanks, Lisa lisa.murphy@metaio.com

artwells :: May 20, 2010 - 9:12pm

Could also be served as a Layar layer, though junaio does look great too. Ideally a server to provide channels/layers for multiple AR platforms and non-AR 3D platforms, like Google Earth.

EthanPDX :: February 20, 2012 - 12:38pm

I use the Spyglass augmented reality app and it seems like it is rife with potential. People are a little taken aback at the cyborg nature of photos with augmented data overlaid. I am unsure how comfortable the average Joe/Jolene would be with this type of technology (though I can see it becoming commonplace in the decades to come).