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Yelp for iPhone update brings augmented reality feature

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, August 27, 2009
News Categories: Apps + Games

The latest update to the Yelp application for the iPhone and iPod touch sports a hidden augmented feature, called Monocle, for iPhone 3GS users. The hidden feature, which is activated by shaking the device three times, allows 3GS users to see nearby Yelp-reviewed restaurants overlaid on video of the user’s surroundings, showing the aggregate rating, type of cuisine, and pricing scale information, if available. Yelp for the iPhone and iPod touch is available now as a free download from the App Store; continue reading for screenshots of the feature in use. [Picture courtesy of @modernmod]

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Where does this work and not work?

Posted by Scooter on August 27, 2009 at 3:00 PM (PDT)


Seems to work anywhere, so long as you’ve got a 3GS; uses the same Yelp DB, but needs the 3GS’ compass and probably the enhanced processing capabilities.

That said, the placement of the tags is a bit wonky; I see this more as a proof of concept than a working feature.

Posted by JokerSP on August 27, 2009 at 4:51 PM (PDT)


I’m shaking mine three times, 5 times, doesn’t matter, the monocle doesn’t pop up for me.

I do have a 3GS so I’m not sure what’s wrong.

Posted by Ryan on August 28, 2009 at 5:34 AM (PDT)


Nevermind, I vigorously shook it and it finally came up.

Posted by Ryan on August 28, 2009 at 5:35 AM (PDT)

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