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We’ve all seen the futuristic sci-fic films that feature cool headsets or bionic eyes that enable someone to see live information around them. Perhaps the best known examples include Terminator, Robocop and Iron Man, who each have the ability to identify and analyse the environment around them, like the Terminator’s ability to identify that one particular punk’s garments would fit him perfectly – “Your clothes… give them to me, now”.

Augmented Reality apps have been available on the Android Market for some time, and I believe they represent one of the best things about smart phones; the ability to overlay the view through your camera with useful and fun information was one of the things that initially wowed me enough to buy my first Android. Now, there are some pitfalls in trying out AR apps. Some – let me tell you – are pretty awful. I’ve weeded these out, and below are what I consider the best currently available on the Android Market.

So, read on for a round-up of great AR apps and let your Android show you what it can do! It’s like the future… only ‘now’.
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I use my Android phone for so many tasks I couldn’t count them on ten hands if I wanted, let alone two. Viewing timetables, cinema listings and property searches. Tweeting. Facebook. YouTube. Locating ATMs and checking out local attractions to name but a few. Thousands of apps fufill our need for information everyday but, sadly, many of them are rather two-dimensional. Nothing that makes you hold your phone at arms length and go ‘Wow!’ anyway.

Layar, an Augmented Reality (AR) app developed specifically for the Android operating system takes a quick glance at the rule book and chucks it out the window. Using GPS and the phone’s camera, a small bit of social networking and tonnes of third-party programs, your local area becomes so much more fun. In the words of the creators, it “shows you things you can’t see”.

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