Mosquitoes — new augmented reality game

I think augmented reality is so cool, with so many potential applications. Imagine pointing your camera at a tree and having text appear atop the image giving you information about what type it is. Or traveling in an unfamiliar city and as you point your camera at historical sites, text appears on the screen giving you background information. So Mosquitoes ($0.99) is a new augmented reality game — which must be one of the first. As you point the camera at your environment, you see mosquitoes in the picture. The game uses the compass and accelerometer to let you zero in on the mosquitoes and kill as many as you can in two minutes. And here's a funny scenario: imagine playing this game and having someone happen to see you as you spin around pointing your camera, killing mosquitoes. They'd probably think you'd lost it.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.