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
Augmented Reality

Where is the line?

If, when using the camera and microphone of my future AR-assisted display, I were to record an experience including a conversation, where is the line between what is yours and what is mine? Or if I had my personal cultural assistant operating while visiting a gallery or my digital shopping assistant in a store. What...

The Contextually-Aware Age

I am writing a position paper about how position (ironically) can reduce the amount of data sent to a mobile device and make what is sent more likely to be of interest to the user. Since the paper will be distributed as part of a campaign to promote an OGC event about mobile standards later...

Viewing Small Parts of Big Data

2013 is only 32 hours "old." Can I view how my place on the planet has evolved in those hours? No. I can't see how many people went skiing on the mountain at which I'm looking or what the temperature was (or is) as I walk along the edge of Lake Geneva. But the information...

Get Quantitative

Models developed by industry analysts frequently predict astronomically large growth for Augmented Reality. A good report has to have a lot of illustrative examples, describing the richness that AR is capable of delivering and forecasting how this will evolve over the years in the forecast period. I don't intend to publish a full market research...

Three Giants (and the Hobbit)

In Greek Mythology, the Hekatonkheires were children of Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (sky). They were three incredibly strong giants, each had 100 hands and 50 heads, and their ferocity surpassed that of all the Titans. In today's information universe, at least in this version of the story, they are reincarnated and will have the option...

Physical World as an Interface

Although there are a growing number of excellent examples and even reports of positive return on investment on mobile AR, I shudder at the thought that the first applications the term "Augmented Reality" will bring to the minds of most people will be a game played with the wrapping on a candy bar. OK. I...

InsideAR 2012

InsideAR, conducted earlier this week in Munich, was an outstandingly well-balanced event. It was also a sizable “AR industry insiders” gathering produced without a professional event organization. We were nearly 500 participants for two jamb-packed days. Thanks to metaio for producing this exceptional human experience! What made it different and sufficiently exceptional for me to...

Is it Augmented Reality?

Television. From a former life I vaguely remember this broadcast medium that was (and still is for some people) provided on a screen in a defined sequence of segments called "shows" in an order defined by something that was called a "program." The content is professionally produced and sometimes approaches the real world. Then there...

Skin in the Game

Those who read this blog are more than likely among the group that shares some level of conviction (maybe not as strongly as I do!) that Augmented Reality is going to be important. We are a small minority, but April 2012 will represent an important historical milestone. Perhaps it is as important as the June...

Intel’s First Full Acquisition of Korean Firm, Olaworks

The Korea Herald is not where I normally get my news. Nor do I regularly visit The Register (whose tag line is "Biting the Hand that Feeds IT"). But today I visited both in order to learn more about Intel's $30.7M acquisition of Olaworks. In case you are not familiar with it, Olaworks was one...

Project Glass: The Tortoise and The Hare

Remember the Aesop's fable about the Tortoise and the Hare? 11,002,798 viewers as of 9 AM Central European Time April 10, 2012. Since April 4, 2012 Noon Pacific Time, in five and a half days, over the 2012 Easter holiday weekend, the YouTube "vision video" of Google's Project Glass has probably set a benchmark in...

Augmented Real(ity) Estate

I would like to live in a world in which the real estate agent [information finder (an "explorer" that uses AR)] and the transaction platform are all (or nearly all) digital. Funda Real Estate, one of the largest real estate firms in the Netherlands, was (to the best of my knowledge) the first Layar customer...