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Augmented reality has spent years in the "great idea, not quite there yet" bin, right next to motion controlled TVs and self-driving cars. Of course, what's the best way to improve a fledgling technology? Stick a trigger on it and let people shoot things with it. The Xappr is here to bring that essential step to the evolution of AR technology.

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The Xappr gun, developed by game studio MetalCompass, is an attachment for your phone designed for first-person shooter games. Games like ATK, also developed by MetalCompass. This "social real-world" game allows players to engage in virtual shootouts with each other in real life. The Xappr accessory makes playing those games feel like playing a game, instead of like taking cell phone photos in a warzone.

There's also single-player games available, in case you don't have a surplus of friends who own smartphones, have a fondness for laser tag, and have $45 to spare on a gaming peripheral. If that's your situation, though, may we suggest finding better friends?

The Xappr is designed to support AR games from other developers as well, so not all games are available on Android just yet. Some of the Xappr-compatible games are only available on the iPhone at the moment. It's up to developers to make their AR games compatible with the device, so expect some to hit the Market sooner than others. Rest easy knowing that AR Invaders, at the very least, is already on the Market and ready for the shooter once it ships.

Source: Xappr via ChipChick

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Johnny

    I would have a heart attack if my phone drop off that xappr gun and hit the ground really hard...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      That's why you borrow your girlfriend's iPhone, you silly.

      • Patrick

        But my wife was smart enough to ditch her iPhone.

        • http://gadgetstip.com aatif

          HAHA LOL...What i can't even laugh ? comment is too short !!
          BTW This is great !! Looks nice

  • Mr.SoloDolo

    THIS is blasphemous ! Why we haz blakberry(RIM) ads all over the front page ? This is supposed to an android forum people ! :/

    • oldmanofskye

      Would you care to try again... this time in English?

      • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

        U can haz welcomes to teh internets.

      • Golightly

        Perhaps he should have added '[sic]' after the incorrect spellings? I have a hard time believing that someone who could spell the word 'blasphemous' correctly would actually need to be told to 'try again in English'. Good reach though, the internet commends your attempt.

  • TBR_Starkey

    INTERNET: It's serious business...

  • daveG

    shame they didn't show pics of a real one

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  • Lori

    Will this work on the Iphone3?