New augmented reality compass app makes us feel like Luke Skywalker

We do love ourselves some AR (augmented reality) apps around here, so devs, just add AR to your app to get featured here. Just kidding, but it doesn't hurt.

Case in point is this nifty little app called Heads Up Compass. It uses the camera's live feed and overlays the compass headings in cardinal points and direction on top, allowing you to scan the horizon for Tusken Raiders. Or maybe Bear Grylis.

We actually have no practical use of this outside of looking bad ass in New York City when we get out of the subway. That didn't stop us from buying it for $0.99 though. Of course you could use it for free (with ads) if you don't want to spend the buck.

Grab Heads Up Compass here in the Marketplace. And good luck finding R2.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Would be bad **** with a zoom feature.
  • Enhance!
  • I love it! Except that whenever you're facing north, there is an about box in the middle of the screen.
  • Man, if they could update this so we could pick our own HUD. I'd love to have it look like the Halo HUD.
  • Hi I'm italian so sorry me for my bad english! I download this app but in the main screen of the download page I see a message saying that my phone did not the gyroscope! The strange thing is that the app work perfectly! Why the marketplace don't recognizes the gyroscope???Thank you!
  • It's just a bug with the Marketplace. Your phone, unless a Radar, Titan or Omnia W, does *not* have a gyroscope, just a compass.The app works better with a gyroscope but will work without a compass.