Space + Time = Spime

A true Spime creates spime wranglers. Wranglers are the class of people willing to hassle with Spimes. And it is a hassle. An enormous hassle. But its a fruitful hassle. It is the work of progress. Handled correctly, it can undo the harm of the past and enhance what is to come.
--Bruce Sterling
Monthly archive July, 2011

ElipseAR-Cloud Image Recognition

There's long been a debate among computer vision experts between those who envisage feature extraction and matching in the network and those who implement it on the device. There are many factors one must consider and trade offs that must be made but in the end everything boils down to cost: what can you gain...

London’s Imperial College

On July 27, 2011 the UK Research Council awarded a £5.9m grant to the “digital city exchange” programme of Imperial College. According to the press release, the funds are to be used to establish a new research center focusing on “smart cities” technologies. A multidisciplinary team, involving businesses, public administrations and academia, is being put...

Reduced Reality

In the physical world, visually noisy environments are common. Some cultures enjoy or at least live in a stimulating visual landscape, be it on their screens or in/on the real world. I recall there being more visual noise in Asian urban landscapes than I am accustomed to. I prefer the work of designers that hide...

AR for Blacksburg

The AR-4-Basel project is a pilot for what could become a widespread trend: a municipality or any size area can make data sets it owns and maintains for its citizens available to AR developers who then can prepare AR experiences for visitors and inhabitants. Ever since starting the AR-4-Basel project in May, I have been...

Innovation Research

INSEAD has published its Global Innovation Index for 2011. "The overall GII scores provide a composite picture of the state of each country’s innovation performance. The Report stresses leaders by index, by income group and by region. "Switzerland comes in at top place in the overall GII 2011 rankings (up from position 4th last year)...

Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition

On July 22 2011, Google acquired PittPatt, the Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition Team, a privately-held spin out of CMU Robotics. Three questions jumped out when I learned of this acquisition. Why? Doesn't Google already have face recognition technology? Unfortunately, based on the publicly available information, it's not clear what is new or different about PittPatt's technology....

Shaspa-Shared Spaces

Oliver Goh of Shaspa Research said in an interview with Into Tomorrow during CES2010 that "smart technologies" should solve real world problems we experience. That oversimplifies the situation a bit, I think. The types of problems we as individuals want technology to solve will be different based on our circumstances (age, home vs business, country...

WideTag too?

With the dust settling around the Pachube acquisition, it's important to consider other companies that might be out there in the same category and impacted by the change in the landscape. One of these companies is WideTag. Although it is technically based in Redwood City, California, the company was founded by three Italians and I...

Pachube Acquired by LogMeIn

The news broke earlier today that Wobrun, Mass-based LogMeIn, a provider of software to remotely access computers and mobile devices, acquired Connected Environments, the provider of Pachube for approximately $15M cash. In its press release, and the investor relations conference call that followed, LogMeIn said that it intends to leverage the acquisition to expand its...

3D City Models and AR

Google StreetView was certainly a trail-blazing concept and it has entered the mainstream. But it was not the first service and Google isn't the first company that had the concept to collect data about the physical world by driving a specially equipped vehicle (with one or more cameras, high performance GPS and other sensors) through...

The Singularity

Ray Kurzweil is one of the pundits I like to follow when I want to look into the distant future. I first became aware of his work in mid-2001 when I skimmed the Age of Spiritual Machines and then, for reasons that escape me, it just rest on my bookshelf amongst the many other thought-provoking...

Smart Cities and Big Citizens

The AR-4-Basel project is a framework by which public data about a city, the city of Basel more specifically, can be put in the hands of Augmented Reality developers using a variety of tools and platforms and to encourage the development community to be creative. Many scenarios for AR in urban environments are for consumers....