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Augmented reality is another area of interest for Bell Labs.
The system pictured above, called Dekaps, is being developed by the labs. It displays information associated with the image picked up by a smartphone's camera or uses the orientation of the phone itself to identify tagged things nearby and show information about them. As with other augmented reality systems such as Layar, Dekaps can provide not only location-based information but also a virtual layer of information based on the recognition of an image.
In this picture, a user is training an iPhone's camera on a picture that is recognised by Dekaps, which then overlays a dancing animated robot. This technology could be used to enhance printed advertising.