The user experience of Augmented Reality apps

AR app
Mark Schatzker of Condé Nast Traveler tested the latest – and supposedly, greatest – of Augmented Reality apps in Rome, Italy, and was anything but impressed.

“Can a $5 or $10 app really make visiting cities like Paris, Tokyo, or Moscow a breeze? To find out, I flew to Rome carrying an iPhone 4 and a Samsung Captivate, which runs Google’s Android operating system. After three days of rigorous testing during which I walked more than 25 miles, weaved past several thousand tourists, consumed two excellent bowls of pasta and molti cones of gelato, and downloaded over 100 megabytes of data I had the answer. So, does AR deliver all that it promises? Not so much.”

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