Wikitude is an augmented reality browser, and what does that mean? Another good question. Here's how it's described in the Apple App Store:
"Wikitude World Browser is a fun, innovative and informative augmented reality (AR) platform allowing you to discover what’s around you in a completely new way. By using the camera, simply hold up your smartphone and explore your surroundings. Wikitude will overlay the camera’s display and the objects you look at with additional interactive content and information - really cool!"
So now you're probably thinking how in the world is this going to help you in your research, right? Well, when you first go into the Wikitude app it will request to know your location, which is key to operating this wonderful little app. Then the home screen, pictured above, features a search box, and a menu of icons that continues to the second page [which you can access by swiping your finger across the screen from right to left]. The menu of icons consists of the following:
- All Worlds
- Around Me
- Wifi Hotspots
Now if you'll closely take a look at the view in this screenshot, there are few more icons across the top of the screen and from left to right here is what they are and what they do:
- Back - takes you back to the previous screen
- List View - a listing
- Map View - maps out your listings in relationship to you
- Camera View - what it looks like throught the 'view finder', so to speak, as well as the interactive content based on your location
- Star - Can favorite the current view and add it to your Home screen icons
Well, if you go back to the Home screen, you can enter keywords into the search box to look for certain types of locales. For example, I searched for the word 'cemetery'. [The light bulb just turned on, didn't it?] Pictured to the right is the screenshot of the List View of all locations found either in a City Search or a Wikipedia listing that are near me, and it gives the distance they are from me. When you select a locale, it will take you to its City Search or Wikipedia entry for more information. [Cool, huh?]
Also, in the Camera View, you can adjust the distance that you want the app to look for locales up to 65.6 miles from you by pressing down on the compass icon in the top left hand corner.
Other search terms I used were 'library', 'genealogy', 'archive', and 'history'. All of them came back with positive results including local genealogical societies as well as local history spots.The Wikitude app is available for the iPhone and the iPad and it's FREE. [If I had an iPad, I could have given you screenshots from it. Hint. Hint. Santa.] It's also available for the Android [Thanks to Linda McCauley for pointing that out.] and it's also preinstalled on the Porsche P‘9981 BlackBerry Smartphone. [Not the car.]
Now can't you see why they called this app 'Wikitude'? It really is a wiki with an attitude. In fact, I'd go so far as to call it a wiki on steroids, a Wikiroid. Wouldn't you?
Let me know what you think about this app in comments below. Is this app something that you could use in your research? Are there any other search terms or ways to use it that I didn't list up above?
And That's an App Thursday,