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Cute idea, but getting ‘See-Through’ hood to ‘work’ is the hard part

Cute idea, but getting ‘See-Through’ hood to ‘work’ is the hard part

April 10, 2014 at 7:17 am / commercial, demos / 0 comments

I saw a nice concept over on Mashable in this article, Land Rover’s ‘See-Through’ Hood Shows the Road Under Your Wheels.  Here’s the video (which is the key part): As with most of these concept mock-ups (yes, this is a mockup), the slickness of the video hides some serious technical challenges. […]

 
Would love to see a Random AR interface

Would love to see a Random AR interface

April 4, 2014 at 9:18 am / argon, musings / 0 comments

David Meyer wrote an interesting piece on GigaOM about the browsing UI Random has created for content exploration on iOS. Near the bottom, he comments In fact, I would say the new user experience lends itself to futuristic forms of interaction, particularly non-touch gestures. It gives a much more literal […]

 

POI’s are Pointless

April 2, 2014 at 9:46 pm / musings / 0 comments

I was reminded today about something thats been bugging me for a while:  POIs, as a central data element for AR, are terrible.  (They have their place, of course, but I’m thinking about them as the “main” data type in an AR experience). POIs (or “Points of Interest”) are one […]

 
Stop talking about “Augmented Reality Apps”

Stop talking about “Augmented Reality Apps”

April 1, 2014 at 9:52 pm / argon, musings / 0 comments

Last week I gave a couple of talks about the challenges and opportunities that arise when using web technologies to create augmented reality experiences.  (This was the same talk I mentioned in a previous post.)  As I was preparing the talks, I found myself creating a slide imploring the audience […]

 
Supreme Court Revisits the Question: Should software be patentable?

Supreme Court Revisits the Question: Should software be patentable?

April 1, 2014 at 12:58 am / commercial, patents / 0 comments

The question of whether software should be patentable or not is hotly debated in the computer industry.  Another case is now before the supreme court, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, where the plaintiff argues that because their patent uses a computer, it amounts to an invention that is patentable. According […]

 
Microsoft getting into the AR HMD game?

Microsoft getting into the AR HMD game?

March 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm / commercial, displays, patents / 0 comments

An interesting article came by today on geek.com titled Microsoft buys $150M worth of head-mounted wearable display patents.  I think it’s interesting because while the focus is on “look, MS might be getting in the VR HMD game, following Facebook + Oculus and Sony’s Project Morpheus”, it also points out that the […]

 

Completely faked AR museum tour … that seems to work

March 29, 2014 at 11:41 pm / art, commercial, education / 0 comments

This is really cute.  They filmed an augmented tour of a museum from the vantage point that visitors would watch it on the handheld devices, giving the illusion that the imaginary creatures (such as Darth Vader) were leading them through the museum.  And it seems to work;  people follow along […]

 
A spectrum of web technology uses for AR

A spectrum of web technology uses for AR

March 29, 2014 at 11:25 pm / AEL, argon / 1 comment

Last week I gave a few talks on AR technology and the web (at the AWE-NY AR meetup in New York, and the AR Community Meeting at the OGC Annual Meeting in DC), based on our work on the Argon Web Browser, a project I run at Georgia Tech.  Argon […]

 
Oculus, Facebook and Augmented Reality

Oculus, Facebook and Augmented Reality

March 28, 2014 at 3:37 pm / commercial / 1 comment

Depending on who you are, the news that Facebook bought Oculus for $2 Billion was exciting, the end of the world or somewhere in between (or, if you aren’t a VR geek, it was about as exciting as Google buying Nest or Facebook buying Instagram or Whatsapp for similarly large piles of cash and stock).

 

Tomb Raider: Pleasantly Surprised!

April 12, 2013 at 7:15 am / Fun / 0 comments

I don’t get a lot of time to play “big” games;  sometimes it feels like the only time I can find the time to play these games is late at night when my wife is traveling on business (post “spend the evening with kids, then put in the usual few […]