Augmented reality comes to BlackBerry 10 with ARKick and we go hands on

By James Richardson on 15 Aug 2013 01:11 pm EDT

If you ever used the Wikitude app on legacy devices you'll know what a useful tool an augmented reality app can be. We mentioned recently that ARKick is now available for BlackBerry 10 devices and it works much the same. However, it's great to see the app being built for BlackBerry 10 and then rolling out to other OS's in the near future. Who said BlackBerry was dead!

ARKick is the world’s first contextual Augmented Reality app. The application will assist users in finding the best places near them but also taking into account things such as weather, time, temperature, and places that are already popular on Facebook and Foursquare. Sounds pretty good doesn't it?

Once you load the app for the first time you may want to swipe down from the top bezel as that's where the instructions are. They will give you a quick overview of how to use the app and its two different modes.

On the subject of modes - the first is 'Browser Mode' and by selecting this option you'll be presented with a wide selection of different categories to help filter down what you want the application to look for. So for example - if I select bars, that is all that will be shown once you start panning around. The bars will be shown in a high tech style map in one corner of the screen but it's the camera that is doing the real work. Pan that around and you'll see the local bars displayed on the screen. The nearer they are - the bigger they will appear. 

As you will see in the video, if you tap on a location that is shown in the augmented view it will give you some further information regarding that place - such as the address, phone number, a map and even a few photos which I presume are pulled in from the Foursquare integration. So the Browser View is super if you are looking for a specific type of place.

The other option is 'SideKick Mode'. When using this one and you pan the camera around it will show you all local places that may be of interest, rather than just the filtered ones as seen in the Browser Mode. Again, you get the map on-screen which I love. It's the colors that do it for me. The combination of that beautiful blue with the green dots inside makes it looks so nice.

The developers of ARKick have done a wonderful job with the app and as you can see from the above image they are keen to communicate with users. It isn't often we see this level of commitment from devs within the app itself so kudos to them for that - hence why they deserve their details being placed here in the post.

ARKick is priced at £2.00/$2.99 and as far as I can see that's fantastic value for money. Sure, it's not an app we will all use everyday, but if you visit an unfamiliar town or city this is the perfect way to find local amenities etc. ARKick shall remain within my GPS folder on my BlackBerry forever I think.

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Augmented reality comes to BlackBerry 10 with ARKick and we go hands on


Let's make a comeback story for BBRY, ,,,,,,, how??????
Right here at Crackberry, ,,,,,,we buy and support the dev,,,,,,word gets out,,,,they bring the app here let's not be cheap,,,,,,we can bring BBRY back,,,,,all right here from crackberry.........

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True. This app looks boss!

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I used Wikitude only once, to find the way to a theatre in the City - who makes a theatre in the City I don't know until today :) IMHO, AR is a future, not today. Today's mobile devices as well as AR apps are not advanced enough to let even GoogleGlass become really useful. However, future of i.a. travelling is very bright for new AR services...

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Interesting review and concept. I think I will have to download it and try it. Would be nice to see CB do a comparison between wikitude and arkick.

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The only part I didn't like with wikitude was the need to spin your phone in weird angles. I'm sure it had to more with the legacy phone. Either way when I would try and show off the app I looked silly trying to get it going.

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Brilliant app, have used it since the last 2 days, Sidekick mode kills Nokia City Lens. My favourite BB10 app currently. Worth the 3$.

Very interesting. Good job dev. Though I've just updated the wikitude app for OS10 though, will play a bit then compare with this one..

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I wonder if they will add locating your BBM friends and Twitter users like Wikitude did on the Legacy devices. I haven't downloaded the app yet because I was advised that Wikitude was ready to come out of Beta so, i'm waiting to see what they bring before I check these guys out.

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Very Cool.

But I agree that AR has a ways to go before it is a useful product... but it has to start somewhere.

Of course I think combining many of Google different map & search & local features into this type of a display is going to end up being the most useful AR display in the future.

I'm assuming that following completion of the video you mad your way to the pub, and thence to Victoria's Secret?


James, is this app supported in every country? Cos am in Nigeria, would like to buy it but kinda hesistant, dont know if it'll work.

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Okay, so after giving it a go in Toronto, ON Canada, I've found that it's a bit off in terms of actual location and distance. I need to see if there's an ability to add locations. Kinda like foursquare.

I know it's still the new kid on the block so I hope when an update comes out, there's going to be more features and fixes.

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I really like this app I took a risk and paid for it and it was completely worth it. It surprised me how accurate the placement was here in my hometown finding some of the smaller food spots I go to.

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Well by the looks of it it supports the UK, Canada and the United States and according to one of the post Russia, I think that it's safe to say if there's people going places, it will work.
It's using foursquare, as a "base point" for these locations. I use foursquare alot, so when I tapped on a location to get more info, it was basicly looking at foursquare in a nice little package, but for on the go this it, it's worth the price and it can only get better. It's devs like these guys, that make holding on to BlackBerry worth it.

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