App allows you point your phone at people to see if they are looking for love. It will even introduce you online so you don’t have to try and break the ice with a chat-up line
YOU’VE probably encountered a sexy passer-by while walking down the street – but you’ve probably never mustered up the courage to stop and say “hi”.
Now a new app called FlirtAR is enabling singletons to scan their surroundings and use augmented reality to pinpoint people who are looking for love – or a quick hook-up.
FlirtAR, which claims to be the first dating app to use augmented reality, lets people use their smartphone to see info, images or animations transposed onto the real world.
The Los Angeles based dating service has today launched in Beta mode for iPhone users and will roll out to Android later this month.
It works similarly to the popular Tinder rival Happn, which also identifies people who are also signed up to the app as you pass them on the street.
FlirtAR shows you a speech bubble of that person’s picture and profile as they move in front of you, which can be see by peering through your phone’s camera at the real world.
If they are registered, you will be able to see their name, age interests and profile.
Then if you swipe on them and they swipe back, you can start a conversation and decide to meet there and then, so you don’t have to waste time arranging your first date.
Those hoping to wander straight into a sexy potential match can check FlirtAR’s map, where you can see singles moving about the city, in real time.
The app, which launched late yesterday evening, will take a while to gain traction.
But its geotagging feature, which shows where single women and men are wandering around – potentially on their own – is certain to divide opinion.
There were harsh criticisms of Snapchat’s Snap Map when it launched earlier this year.
Snap Map is a new function which lets people broadcast their exact whereabouts to “friends”.
But teachers warned parents warned that perverts may use it to stalk youngsters.