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 March, 2012

Where EVRYTHNG Connects

Over the past 10 days I've been traveling and participating in important workshops and events in the US so writing and posting to this blog has been infrequent. My recent face-to-face meetings involved those attending the AR-in-Texas workshops, followed by the participants of the Fifth AR Standards Community Meeting that I chaired in Austin. Then,...

In digital anima mundi

Each year the producers of TED bring beautifully-articulated, thought-provoking content to the world. Those of us who are not invited or choose not to attend the event in person get free access to these talks in the weeks that follow the end of the live production. My first session from the 2012 TED program was...

Anticipatory Services (1)

It's March 18, 2012. I've entered the doors of a nice hotel in the outskirts of Austin, Texas. As I greet the agent and approach the reception desk I get my photo ID and my credit card out and lay them on the counter. After a moment of looking at a box on the counter,...

GOING OUTSIDE

Spring (and the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade) has brought Dallasites out in droves today. Locals tell me that this unusual. I'm reminded of this wonderful short article, originally published in The New Yorker March 28, 2011 issue. JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING By Ellis Weiner Introducing GOING OUTSIDE, the astounding multipurpose activity platform...

Open and Interoperable AR

I’ve been involved and observed technology standards for nearly 20 years. I’ve seen the boom that came about because of the W3C's work and the Web standards that were put in place early. The standards for HTTP and HTML made content publishing for a wider audience much more attractive to the owners and developers of...

Aurasma at GDC12 and SXSW12

I was unable to attend the Game Developers Conference last week in San Francisco, but it sounds like it was a good event. I enjoyed reading Damon Hernandez's post on Artificial Intelligence. Damon and I are working together on the AR in Texas Workshops March 16 and 17. At GDC12, Aurasma was in the ARM...

Interview with Neil Trevett

In preparation for the upcoming AR Standards Community Meeting March 19-20 in Austin, Texas, I've conducted a few interviews with experts. See here my interview with Marius Preda. Today's special guest is Neil Trevett. Neil Trevett is VP of Mobile Content at NVIDIA and President of the Khronos Group, where he created and chaired the...

City WalkShop

Adam Greenfield is one of the thought leaders I follow closely on urban technology topics. Adam and his network (including but going beyond the Urbanscale consulting practice) are far ahead of most people when it comes to understanding and exploring the future of technology in cities. In this post I'm capturing information about this small...

Risks and Rewards of Hyperconnected-ness

I often get asked to define a Spime. The definition is simple "Space + Time" but the implications are deeper than most people have time to think about. That's one reason that Wranglers are needed. But the fundamental attribute of a spime is that it is hyperconnected and it is doing something with its connections....

Playing with Urban Augmented Reality

AR and cities go well together. One of the reasons is that, by comparison with rural landscapes, the environment is quite well documented (with 3D models, photographs, maps, etc). A second reason is that some features of the environment, like the buildings, are stationary while others, like the people and cars, are moving. Another reason...