Skip to main content

NTT DoCoMo Showcases AR Walker

Japanese mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo has showcased an attachable display for glasses that uses Augmented Reality technology to provide navigational services and other location-based information to the wearer.

The AR Walker, which was demoed at the Ceatec tech show in Japan, will come with a gyro sensor capable of detecting the direction in which the user is standing and provides GPS data via software installed in a smartphone.

The device has been developed by DoCoMo and camera maker Olympus.

Takuya Ori, PR manager for NTT DoCoMo, explained: “The AR Walker is based on augmented reality technology and you have a tiny display mounted on your glasses that shows the information regarding your location, and then it guides you.”

The AR Walker demo involved a guided virtual tour of Kyoto, in which a virtual character guides the users around landmarks, temples, shops, hotels and restaurants.The AR Walker also gives a detailed weather forecast when users tilt their heads towards the sky.