BART Partners with junaio to Visualize Transit Data Through Augmented Reality
San Francisco, California, March 11, 2010 - A new augmented reality application, junaio, is the latest example of the innovative products and services utilizing BART's API (application programming interface) to help transit riders navigate and stay on top of train schedules.
BART and junaio have partnered to integrate transit data, such as station locations and estimated arrival times, into a BART channel on the junaio 2.0 augmented reality platform being launched at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas, this week. With mobile augmented reality technology, users can see digital content such as text or graphics overlaid on real objects on their mobile phones. junaio lets users tag photos, audio and text in the real world and leave digital "crumbs" behind at particular locations for others to explore. For example, a rider coming out of the Montgomery BART Station in San Francisco could see recommendations left by friends for restaurants or shops to try that are nearby that station. Or, simply by pointing the camera on her phone, a user could find the direction of the nearest BART station and get a list of estimated arrivals for the next several trains to her destination.
junaio is currently available free for iPhone 3GS and through a web interface, with a version for Android in development.
BART was one of the first transit agencies in the nation to provide schedule and real time data to developers. Today more than two-dozen innovative applications have been created using BART data; find more information about them in the BART app center.
junaio is metaio's mobile Augmented Reality platform that allows users and developers the ability to create content channels in the real world. Users can flip through channels like entertainment, nightlife, travel and many others and see information digitally displayed around by simply pointing their phone. With junaio's open API, developers can create state of the art Augmented Reality applications. junaio is available as a version for the iPhone and for Android. The Android version includes natural feature tracking which allows image recognition and thus totally new fields of applications, especially in the consumer market. For more information, please visit: http://www.junaio.com.