University of Virginia, Augmented

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Only a few weeks after the University of Virginia decided it didn’t need to pay for landline service in student dormitories, the school has branched out to new, incredibly sophisticated telephone technology.

According to a piece in Charlottesville’s Newsplex:

Over the weekend, Apple approved the University of Virginia’s “app” – an application for use on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches – for free download from its iTunes Store.

“The Official Virginia iPhone app,” the result of collaboration among several different entities around Grounds, offers 22 different sub-applications for prospective students, students, alumni, faculty, staff and Cavalier sports fans. Users can check the admissions timetable, search for books in the library, look up President Sullivan’s office phone and e-mail address, read about University traditions and play the “Good Ol’ Song.”

While clever, none of these applications provide users with anything they can’t already find on the UVA Web site.

But there is another application. Called the “Augmented Reality” feature, one sub-application allows users to find information about any college building they pass as they walk around campus.

Now if only UVA can find away to allow users to attend class without actually entering the buildings. Now that would be augmented reality. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer