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
Business Strategy

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...

The Horsemen from Above

As I prepare for CES2013, I have themes with which to search for companies I'll visit and to organize what I'll learn there. One of these filters I use when thinking about a company's relative importance is its size. Another is the value proposition (to me and to the world). A third way to think...

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...

Who is Leading Us Indoors?

Financial analysts' blogs are not on my list of top reads this summer so I was surprised to find myself reading this fresh post on SeekingAlpha. It is a thorough research study on the potential revenue to be generated from Nokia's patent portfolio. After describing how much Nokia has invested in R&D in the past...

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...

Life is too short to be busy

In the past two months, there has been little time for idle thoughts about Spime Wrangling. The expression "Dawn-to-Dusk" to describe how hard a peasant worked in the fields in the middle ages or a worker in a South Asian sweatshop doesn't do justice to how fully engaged I've felt during the 2nd quarter of...

Searching for a Viable Business Model

Customers value what they pay for and (usually) pay for what they value. If customers do not pay for value, is the business model at fault? This basic question is at the root of a current polemic facing Facebook. Companies in other markets as well, for example AR, must answer the question or die. I...

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...

Augmented Reality SDK Confusion

I don't feel confused about AR SDKs but I wonder if some of those who are releasing new so-called AR SDKs have neglected to study the AR ecosystem. In my depiction of the Augmented Reality ecosystem, the "Packaging" segment is at the center, between delivery and three other important segments.  Packaging companies are those that...

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...

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,...