And so it begins. Just days after the breakthroughs in Windows Phone 7 native COM access by enthusiast folks on xda-developers like Chris Walsh, WP7 developers are beginning to explore the full and uncharted capabilities of the platform.
As noted by Gilbert Corrales, Kevin Marshall from WP7 development house Clarity Consulting has posted a YouTube video of a Silverlight application taking advantage of the native camera APIs that allows him to easily utilize a Silverlight augmented reality framework, SLARToolkit, to build a sample AR app.
Of course, augmented reality is not currently possible with the public WP7 SDK due to a lack of a camera API. No doubt Microsoft will eventually add such an API among many others in the future, but it would be naive to think a tightly controlled framework will enable or even allow all the possibilities of a platform and what people might want to do with their devices.
I for one can’t wait for a WP7 jailbreak and a marketplace for jailbroken applications.