Lonely Planet Augments Your Reality

LonelyP.AugmentedR.jpgWhat if you were exploring a new city and you wanted to know about that statue or building over there? Wish you could pull the info out of thin air? Now you can, with Lonely Planet’s new Augmented Reality tour guides for the Android phone. GoMoNews.com explains:

At its simplest level, Augmented Reality (AR) means adding a layer of information over the world around you. It means being able to look at a building and automatically access information about it. It means having a giant arrow in the sky that always points in the direction of your destination. It means being able to access information and articles that someone has left floating in the street.

Lonely Planet has teamed up with Mobilizy, an AR service maintained by a community of users and editors. The two companies have launched Lonely Planet Compass guides, with 10 city guides (U.S. only) now available for Android phones (Boston, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle and Washington D.C. are available so far). The guide allows you to access through your phone any information that Lonely Planet provides about at the point of interest, and also lets you to create your own itinerary and use your phone to help you follow your planned path.

Photo of Washington Square Park from Lonely Planet Compass guide to NYC, via GoMoNews


  1. Ben
    February 5, 2011, 11:13 pm

    Cool, so lonely planet are taken that extra step in customer experience. good on them. also see here

  2. Dave
    November 17, 2010, 10:49 pm

    So its a travellers version of Foursquare? or similar to that

  3. web in
    November 1, 2010, 12:03 pm

    @ Michael: I don’t think the LP app has stored all the data in advance. If so, there will definitely be drawbacks – omissions and lack of information.

  4. engagement rings
    July 12, 2010, 2:18 am

    Travelers and Microfinance. Is this a way to give back to places you’ve visted?

  5. Micheal
    March 11, 2010, 2:11 pm

    Thats simply unbelievable.Is the data already fed in the application or does it gather it via internet.Anyways a cool application.Is there a similar application for Nokia 5230 .Its based on symbian platform.Thanks.

  6. Bart van Poll
    January 11, 2010, 11:26 am

    Nice to see that LP has an AR application!
    Spotted by Locals (www.SpottedbyLocals.com) and Unlike (Unlike.net) have just released their augmented travel applications on based on Layar (www.Layar.com).

  7. Robert Duce
    December 22, 2009, 11:15 am

    I have seen this also coming now for other travel sites as well and a lot is going on, this is one example http://www.travelmate.com. There is a need for having both shared Internet and mobile content convergence and be localized.