Nokia has released an update for its Here maps that adds LiveSight augmented reality feature to the navigation service. Lumia smartphone users can now get more information about places and points of interests near them by simply pointing their phone’s camera towards the relevant direction. Also Read - Nokia HERE Maps sold to Audi, BMW, and Daimler for $3 billion
Those who have used Nokia’s City Lens app will easily be able to connect to this new LiveSight recognition technology integrated to Here maps. So basically all you need to do is to open the LiveSight feature and flash the camera of your phone at any surrounding place to want to know more about, and the app will bring information on nearby places, shops, restaurants, their addresses and more, and mark favorite places as virtual signs on buildings displayed on the screen of user’s phone. These virtual icons on the display will represent different places like a shopping cart for shops, cutlery for restaurants and more, and come with ratings. When chosen, an icon will flash all the relevant information including address, phone numbers, directions and more about the respective place. Also Read - Facebook among 3 companies interested in buying Nokia’s mapping business: Reuters
The sight recognition feature as seen in the City Lens app will simply help user to discover, identify and explore known or unknown surroundings using augmented reality, which bridges the virtual and real worlds. And the interesting part is that the app will work in offline mode as well.
The feature is compatible with phones running Windows Phone 8 for now and can be downloaded from here.