BMT Group, Fraunhofer Team on Smartphone-Based Augmented Reality "Guide Book"

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UK-based engineering consultancy, BMT Group, said Monday that it has teamed with Germany's Fraunhofer research institute to develop a smartphone-based augmented reality application that it calls an "ultimate guide book." Dubbed iTacitus (an acronym for "intelligent tourism and cultural information through ubiquitous services") and developed under the auspices of a two-year project that is funded by the EU's Sixth Framework program and that also involves a number of other companies and organizations (more information is available on the project's Web site,, the app is billed as allowing users to "point their phone at an attraction and click on an application downloaded from the Internet, which will superimpose images on the screen of painti

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