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
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Disrupting How People Collaborate

I've recently co-founded with Ignacio Mondine a new company, Two Way View. Two Way View will develop, manufacture and sell new products that enable "Transparent Collaboration." Transparent Collaboration is what people do when they use Two Way View products to share, annotate and modify data, co-surf or otherwise have an experience that combines the digital...

IndoorGML Workshop

In-person meetings with domain experts are extremely important to my continued growth and to my contribution to the advancement of others. In Korea this week I'm enjoying a full week with OGC members and others in the Korean technology community. I could write at length about all that I learned in the first day during...

Business Models for Indoor Positioning

Given its low penetration in today's smartphone-focused world (16% of 2011 smartphone sales, down from 33% in 2010, according to IDC) and its recent difficulties, Nokia is not frequently listed as a technology leader in 2012. But it is too soon to dismiss the company entirely. Its deal with Groupon is worthy of note as...

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...

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...

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...

Thoughts on Space

Space and Time are the key components of "Spimes". Both are vast subjects in their own right. The subject of time is one on which I focused heavily during my professional period in social networking. I like to think of social networking as technology for capturing the present to make the past part of our...

Reality TV in 3D

I haven't regularly watched television in nearly 8 years. There isn't a television in my home or my office and when I'm near a television, it doesn't occur to me to turn it on. I am seriously out of touch with what this industry has to offer but my life doesn't lack content. It is...

What will your next gesture invoke?

When Alvaro Cassinelli, the winner of the 2011 grand prize at Laval Virtual, the largest annual Virtual Reality conference, was asked by the Guardian what motivated him to develop a platform using Augmented Reality and everyday objects to represent a user's request, his reply revealed something to which we should all pay attention. Cassinelli said...

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...

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...