CrowdOptic Sees $1M

[Corrected 4/26/11] John Fisher, CEO of San Francisco-based CrowdOptic, has led a $1 million Series A funding round for the company, according to a report today from Dow Jones VentureWire. CrowdOptic is developing software for smartphones that shows users information about moving objects tracked with the phones’ cameras. CrowdOptic also said yesterday that it will work with San Francisco-based Moon Express, which is developing a robotic lunar lander as part of Google Lunar X Prize competition, to provide spectators with augmented-reality smartphone views of the craft’s launch. “Our system senses when a plurality of cell phone users focus on moving objects (as a function of GPS/Compass heading) thereby establishing triangulation,” Fisher tells Xconomy. “The more users that focus the more accurate our system.”

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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