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 January, 2012

Pop-Up Poetry

I occasionally read using the Amazon Kindle application installed on my laptop, but eBook reading doesn't appeal to me. I prefer physical books. That's why this new publication written by Amaranth Borsuk and programmed by Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen, caught my eye. It's a physical book that can only be read using a...

AR-4-Kids

I've focused my attention on what adults can do with the real world when data is associated with people, places and objects in particular settings. When developing AR-4-Cities (with the AR-4-Basel project) and AR-4-Venues (with the AR @ Mobile World Congress 2012 project) the scenarios always involve an adult roughly the age of my daughters...

Augmented Olympics

The London 2012 Olympic Games are fast approaching. I'm eager to see the extent to which Augmented Reality could be applied to this global celebration of human athleticism. I'm keeping a list of all the campaigns and applications being developed for this special event. Today the first instance was entered in my list. If you...

ITU Initiatives Help it Remain Relevant

The International Telecommunications Union is a standards development organization based in Geneva, Switzerland and over the past 30 years has published very important specifications for telephony and networking. Over the past decade, and especially the last 5 years, as the Internet expanded and overtook telephony as the principle vehicle for personal communications, the IETF and...

Augmented Vision 1

Yesterday I wrote a few thoughts and plans I have about Augmented Humans. In what seems like more than sheer coincidence, I immediately began to see connections to this theme. Today, by following a series of links that seemed to have nothing to do with the topic ("is this how it's supposed to work?" I...

Augmented Humans

Augmented humans are at the epicenter of a scenario for the future that Ray Kurzweil has been popularizing for over 20 years. To recap the central thesis of his life's work, including the book The Singularity is Near published in 2005, Kurzweil promotes the notion that technological singularity is the inevitable result of our research...

Frog Design’s Top Tech Trends in 2012

Frog Design's post on top technology trends for 2012 is highly insightful. First, the graphic. It's Alice who just can't resist a peak into the future! Then the list of trends begins with the trend on which I spent considerable time with in 2011 and see expanding in 2012: using mobile AR and similar interfaces...

Abundance, the book

For me the word "abundance" is associated with a positive, peaceful state of mind. In essence, it's the opposite of viewing the world from a place of need, fear or greed. And it's a fantastic title for a blog, a movie, a company, or a book. Wish I had thought of it! In the forthcoming...

AR Standards Community

When we place a phone call, we don't insert a pre-fix for Blackberry phone, a different prefix for calling someone who uses an iPhone and another for Android users. A call request is placed and connected, regardless of the device and software used by the receiver's handset.  When people publish content for the Web (aka...

Makers at IoT ZH

The second meeting of the Internet of Things Zurich meetup group was an enormous success! In the audience, we had an excellent mix of artists, programmers, Do-it-Yourself-ers, students and academics, people from businesses interested in learning about IoT. Now what? Growth. To say that this group is large would be an exaggeration because Switzerland is...

Clear Directions Ahead

During the 2011 Geneva Auto Show (almost a year ago), BMW shared with enthusiasts its Vision ConnectedDrive prototype. "Assisted by sensors integrated into the headlights and taillights, a head-up display on the ConnectedDrive Concept can list information on the road ahead in a 3-dimensional format." Augmented Reality for drivers was also a feature of last...

What makes a community?

There's thousands, perhaps millions of posts about community development best practices, especially since this has become a career track for many. I'm not a trained professional community manager but have accumulated enough experience in the domain to feel that I can start a community. A few months ago I founded the Internet of Things Barcelona...