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 February, 2012

AR@MWC12

I'm heading to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, the annual gathering of the mobile industry. It's always an exciting event and I meet a lot of interesting companies, some with whom I'm already acquainted, industry leaders, some new to the segments on which I focus but well known in mobile, and others that I've never...

Square Pegs and Round Holes

For several years I've attempted to bring AR (more specifically mobile AR) to the attention of a segment of media companies: those that produce and sell print and digital content (of all kinds) as a way of bringing value to both their physical and digital media assets (aka "publishers"). My investments have included writing a...

Interview with Marius Preda

On March 19 and 20, 2012 the AR Standards Community will gather in Austin, Texas. In the weeks leading up to the next (the fifth) International AR Standards Community meeting, sponsored by Khronos Group and the Open Geospatial Consortium, experts are preparing their position papers and planning contributions. I am pleased to be able to...

Can We Define IoT (continued)?

Ovidiu Vermesan is Chief Scientist at SINTEF Information and Communication Technology, Oslo, Norway and co-editor (with Peter Friess, EC Coordinator, DG Information Society and Media) of a book of essays on Internet of Things. This is a real masterpiece for those who are seeking a comprehensive look at all the different trends around IoT. Vermesan...

Augmented Vision 2

It's time, following my post on Rob Spence's Augmented Vision and the recent buzz in the blog-o-sphere on the topic of eyewear for hands-free AR (on TechCrunch Feb 6, on Wired on Feb 13, on Augmented Planet Feb 15), to return to this topic. I could examine the current state of the art of the...

When the Title Fits, Wear It

A GigaOM blog post that Gene Becker tweeted about today reminded me that many of those who were "traditionally employed" in past years are setting up their web sites, starting their blogs, joining the ranks and giving the "independent" way of life a try. According to MBO Partners there are over 16 million freelancers, consultants...

The Big Data Bandwagon

Big Data and I go way back. How can I get on the Big Data Bandwagon? It's not a domain into which I regularly stray but nuclear physics was the focus of both my parents' careers so their use of computers comes to mind whenever the topic of Big Data comes up. I'm stepping out...

Does IoT Include Virtual Things?

Marco Carugi, one of ZTE's standards "agents," is presiding over the fourth day of the Fourth Meeting of the Global Standards Initiative on the Internet of Things. In case it has escaped your attention, this is a short description of the activity, from the GSI-IoT Web page: "The Global Standards Initiative on Internet of Things...

Between Page, Screen, Lake and Life

In my post entitled Pop-up Poetry I wrote about the book/experience Between Page and Screen. Print, art and AR technology mix in very interesting ways, including this one, but I point out (with three brilliant examples) that this project is not the first case of a "magic book." Like many similar works of its genre,...

Improving AR Experiences with Gravity

I'm passionate about the use of AR in urban environments. However, having tested some simple applications, I have been very disappointed because the sensors on the smartphone I use (Samsung GalaxyS) and the alogrithms for feature detection we have commercially are not well suited to show me really stable or very precise augmentations over the...

My Refrigerator

It's convenient to store your white wine and perishables outside when your refrigerator is small. On our balcony, there are no predators to come and take our food. And the temperature outside remains a relatively stable level of cool. In Western Switzerland we are experiencing a cold snap and I brought in items I had...

AR-4-Teens

Changing human behavior is difficult. Go ahead, try it! Exercise more! Eat tomatoes for breakfast! Changing behavior with new technology is right up there amongst the world's greatest challenges, after world hunger and a few other issues. In my post on AR-4-Kids, I concluded that if children were introduced to AR during infancy, adopting it...