Blog

HomeKit, Google, Facebook, Privacy and the Internet of Things

June 20, 2014 at 10:43 am / musings, privacy / 0 comments

While there is much that can be said about privacy, security, policy and the Internet of Things (in fact, I’m going to be co-teaching a graduate class at Georgia Tech on this very topic next spring), here I want to focus on one thing:  the invasion of your home and my hope […]

 

Interesting Video: Free is a Lie

May 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm / privacy / 0 comments

Lance Weatherby posted a link to this video on his blog, and I agree with him that it’s interesting and worth watching. While the presenter (Aral Balkan) is a bit over the top in his analysis of Google (e.g., I really don’t think Project Tango is a grand conspiracy by […]

 

Aside: Reforming Money in Politics

May 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm / personal / 0 comments

[For those who don't agree with campaign, please forgive me posting this in my blog;  I prefer to focus here on technology and design issues.  However, I believe strongly in this issue and want to help spread the word!] May 1, 2014:  Today, Lawrence Lessig has launched his Mayday.us campaign against corruption […]

 
Talk at AWE-NY on “AR Development using Web Technologies”

Talk at AWE-NY on “AR Development using Web Technologies”

April 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm / argon, conferences, education / 0 comments

On March 25th, I gave a short talk at AWE-NY covering some thoughts on developing AR applications using web technologies.  I am particularly interested in developing AR for web browsers, not using web technologies as the development environment for building custom applications.  Of course, I focused on our work on the […]

 
Oculus + Facebook = social virtual, or a stepping stone?

Oculus + Facebook = social virtual, or a stepping stone?

April 28, 2014 at 7:58 pm / AEL, commercial, musings / 0 comments

I’ve made no secret that I’m not optimistic about the prospect for VR’s success as a consumer product, this time ’round, any more than I thought it was going to work for consumers last time ’round (i.e., the 80′s and 90′s, when I first played with it).  So, while I […]

 
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 / 1 comment

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 […]