They’re not the only one – the first AR app on the iPhone App Store was ‘Pocket Universe’ by Dublin-based Craic Design. It’s an astronomy app that uses the Compass in the iPhone 3GS to show you your night sky. John Kennedy, the developer, also co-founded XCake (the Irish iPhone developer community) which now lives at http://x-cake.ning.com (and you can see the folk involved if you search on Twitter for #xcake ).
I’ve a heap of AR-related stuff on my blog and there’s two Irish-sourced AR companies starting up in stealth that I know about. AR is still very much on the hype curve (check our Gartner) but it’s starting to make a splash for mobile sensor-based AR due to the power of todays smartphones. Real machine-vision AR still requires a really powerful machine so it’s a wee bit off for mobiles but they can handle marker-based AR.
John also hacked together a demo AR app for me to present to some investors – he’s a pretty smart guy!