Note this is a draft of an article I wrote back in June when Apple announced it was going to favor its own Maps app over Google Maps and take G-Maps out of the Apple Store altogether. This blog went on hiatus just 2 weeks after that. And a whirlwind number of staff changes occurred… Continue reading Apple, Google Just Killed Portable GPS Devices | Autopia | Wired.com
Google X formerly Labs founder Sebastian Thrun debuted a real-world use of his latest endeavor Project Glass during an interview on the syndicated Charlie Rose show which aired yesterday, taking a picture of the host and then posting it to Google+, the companys social network. Thrun appeared to be able to take the picture through… Continue reading Google X founder Thrun demonstrates Project Glass on TV show | Electronista
Ubiquitous computing, One Laptop per Child, Wearable Computers, the iPod Touch, the iPad and now the iPhone all descendants in a long lineage of predictions about the Future of Computing. But the newest wrinkle (pun intended) is the topic of ‘wearable’ computers. Given how portable and powerful smart phones are these days, why do we need to ‘wear’ the computer? (more)
Apple is planning it’s own mapping app for the iOS based devices, and is filing some interesting patents that might help differentiate the Apple Maps from Google Maps. What would be the value-add? Why Augmented Reality of course. Read On:
Downloading local maps is becoming an absolute necessity in this day and age of not so unlimited downloading. Especially if you suffer the fate worse than death known as Roaming Data Charges! Can you say $1,000.00 Cell Phone Bill?? So do yourself a favor and download some maps before traveling overseas with your smartphone, yo.
A lot of Augmented Reality today is centered on software developments running on smartphones. Whether they be Android or iPhone doesn’t matter they want those wonderfully powerful embedded computers available to do all the work onboard the device itself. But, what if the device was not required to do all that heavy lifting itself. What if it off-loaded that work to a data center in North Carolina and beamed back the results to your device?
Augmented Reality has got to start somewhere. So in this humble little example you get rewards for navigating to locations in Tokyo and checking in via Foursquare or Livedoor’s Rocket Touch social app. It’s promoting Chivas Regal’s campaign Aroma of Tokyo.
Visualizations and their efficacy always takes me back to Edward Tufte‘s big hard cover books on Infographics (or Chart Junk when it’s done badly). In terms of this specific category, visualization leading to a goal I think it’s still very much a ‘general case’. But examples are always better than theoretical descriptions of an ideal.… Continue reading Goal oriented visualizations? (via Erik Duval’s Weblog)
Augmented Reality waxes and wanes in the blogosphere as new products come out and old ones get revised. As part of its press releases @ Computex 2011 (Taipei, Taiwan) Qualcomm announced a new developers toolkit for AR developers. So there’s still hope yet we will see further evolutionary or radically incremental improvements in the current crop of AR apps. But who knows maybe Qualcomm’s own contribution will light a fire in the developer universe.
I like to follow the developments in re-configurable computing, primarily anyone that uses FPGAs in their products. Here’s an interesting research project that uses an FPGA as a core part of it’s architecture. And the application is pretty cool too.