May 20th, 2010 publishUpdated   Jun 22nd, 2010, 3:44 pm

Now here is a pretty neat use of augmented reality. Wikitude Drive overlays your route directly on top of what is coming through your camera’s viewfinder, showing you turn-by-turn directions in real time on the real streets you are traversing. It’s sort of like Google Navigation’s ability to get street view images for upcoming turns, only the street view is the exact one you are seeing.

A big advantage? If you are the kind of person who relies heavily on visual orientation this will make your directions crystal clear. You’ll never have to second guess a turn again. A disadvantage? You are going to need a car dock that won’t cover up the camera, which many do.


The app is available today at 10 AM PDT (that’s 1 PM EDT), but only the first 2000 downloads get to be involved in a special “test drive.” After that it will be pulled from the market. So if this is something you could be interested in definitely get your Android Market loaded up and ready come then.

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