[OSM-talk] OSM layer in Layar

Toby Murray toby.murray at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 17:51:51 GMT 2011

For those of you not familiar with Layar[1], it is an augmented
reality app for phones. You hold your phone up in front of you and it
superimposes POIs on the picture coming in from the camera using GPS
and compass to tell where you are and where you are looking.

Anyway, my university recently made a Layar layer to identify campus
features. Since I know about "geographic stuff" I have been assigned
to help improve it. To try and get up to speed I was thinking about
making my own OSM based layer for fun.

When I looked a couple of weeks ago there didn't seem to be much
there. But yesterday I saw an "OSM" layer[2] right at the top of the
featured layer list on my phone! I haven't seen any chatter about it
on IRC or on the mailing lists and was just curious who was behind it.
The only info in the layer description is the URL floop.org.uk which
is presumably where the API endpoint for the layer runs.

[1] http://www.layar.com
[2] http://www.layar.com/layers/osm

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