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3D Augmented Reality Compass

Application Name: Compass3D

Description: Displays a 3D compass rose in the camera view.

Publisher’s website: None

Cost: Free; claims to be ad-supported, but no ads showed up while I was using it.

Version/date reviewed: v.1.4  /  12-20-10

Phone/OS: Droid X / Android 2.2


Android Market link (mobile app only)
Android Market link (browser)

This is a one-function app; it creates a floating 3D compass rose in your phone’s camera view, with magnetic north indicated by the red color:


The red North arrow can sometimes be obscured by the other direction arrows; however, the rose stays “horizontal” in augmented reality as you tilt the camera, so that you can see the direction arrows more clearly:


Other issues: On my Droid X, the arrow sometimes doesn’t show up. Exiting the program and starting it again usually fixes this issue.

Final thoughts: This is pretty much a demo app, to impress those unfamiliar with smartphones or augmented reality apps. Might prove useful in a few instances where you need to find the relative direction between objects in your field of view. In any case, the price is right.

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