About the Writer

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Thomas K. Carpenter lives at Otherland Station, where the trains leave precisely at quarter past the last hour of tomorrow.  These cross-tracks to the multiverse have been known to delve into the alternate histories of ancient Alexandria, or carve a window into a future when we have televisions on our eyes and every channel is tuned to our favorite station.  Don’t despair if you missed your train, because the next one will come along when you least expect it, and above all else, enjoy the ride.

He’s also known to live in St. Louis with his amazing wife (who makes all this possible), two kids, and one oafishly large Labrador Retriever name Natsu (it means summer in Japanese) who once ate a BBQ grill because he was bored.  His books have hit #1 in various categories across multiple retailers and garnered rave reviews from readers and critics alike.  You can find his books just about anywhere, including your local bookstore (but if they don’t have it stocked, ask them to order it for you).

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25 Responses to About the Writer

  1. Haz says:

    excellent book excerpt! I like your thinking, and look forward to reading your novel! I believe something like the ‘digital sea’ (perceptually real) will eventually exist, and am seeking to bring it to reality. Join us for the Immersive Tech summit next year!

  2. Tom Carpenter says:

    Thanks. 🙂

    I can’t wait to complete it. Hopefully in the fall it would be complete (and then published beginning of next year). And Immersion Tech summit sounds like an interesting event.

  3. I’m an independent consultant and industry analyst focusing on Mobile Mixed and Augmented Reality. I am very active in the planning and coordinating of the upcoming ISMAR conference.

    It going to take place in Orlando October 19-22. To find out more about this event, visit http://www.ismar-society.org/ismar2009/

    There will be the traditional research and technology track as well as application sessions and a parallel program covering Arts, Media and Humanities using Augmented reality for culture, communication and art.

    If you are not aware of it, I would also like to let you know about a special workshop I’m running on Monday October 19 about Mobile AR in which we will be covering the application/content development platforms, the vision for commercial mobile AR and the roadmap for developing a successful mobile AR industry.

    You can find out more about the workshop on this page: http://www.ismar-society.org/ismar2009/mobilewand.php

    I hope that you will let me know your plans with respect to ISMAR 2009 so that I can work with you to make sure you tap all the best people.

    Many thanks for your time and I look forward to your reply.

    Christine

    Spime Wrangler

    cperey@perey.com
    mobile +41 79 436 68 69
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  4. Tom Carpenter says:

    I’m trying to find a way to make it to ISMAR09. Noora has already contacted me about joining the industrial panel since I’m working with Metaio on some projects at Toyota. If I can find a way to go, the biggest issue will be having enough time to join all discussions I’d like to join. 🙂

  5. Sylvie Denis says:

    hello,

    you can see the beginning of a short-story about a childminder, augmented reality for kids and security issues here : http://magmaplasma.blogspot.com/2008/10/bifrost-52.html

    It was published in the French magazine Bifrost http://www.belial.fr/catalogue/revue/bifrost-52

    yes, i know it’s all in French but you don’t want an incomplete list ! (I’ll try and see if I can find others ! )

    Sylvie Denis

  6. angeles says:

    hi, Tom i’m trying to experiment using the metaio unifeye software but i can’t make my own pattern, would you help me…
    another issue that i have, i can’t import .wrl files i’m trying but always appear an error about encryption. if u can help me i would be very grateful.

  7. Hello from France Tom! I am french and i fund your blog today. We have things in common, like the fact we both started our blogs in last February, and that we both love Augmented Reality (and Ted Conferences!).

    My blog is a mix between advertising and augmented reality (2 passions in one blog).

    Be sure I will come back in here, and if you are interested, here are the posts I made.

    The first one is my best success :
    http://publigeekaire.com/2009/06/10-applications-concretes-de-la-realite-augmentee/

    and there are a lot of others right here :
    http://publigeekaire.com/tag/realite-augmentee/

    They are all in french, but the videos are usually in english and I think you will not have problems to understand them.

    Have a nice week-end, Mathieu.

    PS : good luck for you novel, i would also like to make someting like this, but until that, i keep writing posts about advertising in 2020 😉

  8. Publigeekaire :
    Hello from France Tom! I am french and i fund your blog today. We have things in common, like the fact we both started our blogs in last February, and that we both love Augmented Reality (and Ted Conferences!).
    My blog is a mix between advertising and augmented reality (2 passions in one blog).
    Be sure I will come back in here, and if you are interested, here are the posts I made.
    The first one is my best success :
    http://publigeekaire.com/2009/06/10-applications-concretes-de-la-realite-augmentee/
    and there are a lot of others right here :
    http://publigeekaire.com/tag/realite-augmentee/
    They are all in french, but the videos are usually in english and I think you will not have problems to understand them.
    Have a nice week-end, Mathieu.
    PS : good luck for you novel, i would also like to make someting like this, but until that, i keep writing posts about advertising in 2020

    Great site you have, i am sure. I think it’s kinda hard to unite two passion in one blog, but you’ve done already, keep up your good work.

    Tom, i admire your knowledge and your experience. I hope your novel launch soon, i am the first one who got it. Thank you.

  9. Hi Tom, thanks for the ‘thanks’ over at the Dean Smith blog!

  10. christine says:

    Tom, I found you while doing a search on You Tube for a tutorial on the Unifeye design trial version 1.0. You seem to really got it together. I was hoping I can get some help from you. How can I e-mail you? It’s for a project with this software for my son. Thank you.

  11. Jeff Mummert says:

    Hi Tom,

    This message is from a group of educators in Pennsylvania who have developed a technology and fabrication project that is in the process of raising a modest amount of money to build prototypes for gathering additional partners.
    Our project, the Civil War Augmented Reality Project, is intended to enhance the experiences of people visiting Civil War sites. It is also intended to increase attendance and revenue for historic sites by offering both “high” and “low” tech experiences to best reach the majority of the population.
    We feel that our project is fulfilling a need that educators, park workers, technology enthusiasts, and Civil War enthusiasts have discussed in the past: How can historic sites both raise educational value and public interest in their institutions though technology, while not alienating the non-technical history fans?
    We have worked hard on the answer, and are interested in promoting our creative solutions.
    We would like to make clear that the project is not intended solely for Pennsylvania. It is our hope that the project will expand to other venues, as we feel that we have the ability to use our ideas to enhance the experiences of all students at historic sites.

    If you have a chance, please check out our blog:
    http://acwarproject.wordpress.com/

    And our fun, Civil-War flavored funding campaign on Kickstarter:
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jmummert/the-civil-war-augmented-reality-project

    If you think that our project has merit, we would be delighted if you could mention it in your blog.

    Here are a few other links of interest regarding our project:

    A recent newspaper article:
    http://www.ydr.com/ci_15435690

    Other recent blog posts:
    http://electricarchaeologist.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/civil-war-augmented-reality-project/
    http://www.yorkblog.com/yorktownsquare/2010/07/linked-in-with-neat-york-count-48.html

    Our Facebook page:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Civil-War-Augmented-Reality-Project/126003620773256

    Our Twitter account page:
    http://twitter.com/ACWAR_Project

    Thanks very much for considering us!

    The Civil War Augmented Reality Project
    Jeff Mummert- Hershey High School and York College of Pennsylvania
    Art Titzel- Hershey Middle School
    Jay Vasellas- Red Lion Area High School and York College of Pennsylvania

  12. I am very interested in all things AR that we can plug in to the live art form of 3D street painting (chalk art). take a look at a post I put together about how we think 3D street painting can work well with AR and Quick Response at ‘The Business of Street Painting Art’ blog at http://businessofstreetpainting.typepad.com. And at this point in time, there are so many interesting concepts happening (such as these AR glasses in your recent post), its good to keep aware in any case.

  13. Dan says:

    Hi,

    Augmented reality is increasing into new realms, as ThomasKCarpenter.com impressively documents. We would like to keep you up to speed on Marc Ecko’s Muse project, an example of a new AR application in the realm of fashion that encompasses accessibility, user interaction, and creativity. The augment-able interface is a hologram of Lindsay Lohan, the celebrity endorser spearheading the launch of Ecko’s Cut & Sew line. Users display a specialized glyph in a webcam-recorded video to activate her hologram. In the real world, users can move and manipulate the hologram while in the digital void, users alter Lindsay’s emotions which range from aggressiveness and rage to admiration and ecstasy. Users can then submit the recorded videos for a shot at winning $10,000!

    There’s also is a separate contest for those who have video editing skills – after downloading a set of exclusive images and hologram content, users can record and edit their own projects! This group of entries will be judged separately by Marc and a select panel with the winner receiving a complete video editing system worth $3,000! Entry details can be found here: http://www.marceckomuse.com/competition

    We’d love if you can share this with your readers, and even record a video! We’re also open to setting up a smaller promotional giveaway to accompany a post if this is something you’re interested in. Let me know what you think of the site and if you have any questions or need any additional assets please feel free to reach out.

    Sincerely,

    Dan

  14. Sam Lytle says:

    Hey Tom,

    Just wanted to let you know about our new Kickstarter project called the OggBoard. It is a augmented reality platform that combines AR, iPhones and strategy gaming.

    Right now we only have plans for and iPhone game, but we hope to have Android and tablet versions in the future.

    Thanks so much and cheers!

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/samandbrock/the-oggboard

    Sam Lytle
    http://www.oggboard.com
    sam@oggboard.com

  15. Zoë says:

    Hi Thomas,

    I came here to say that I’m really enjoying the series you wrote for Star Citizen – “The First Run” – I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next!

    Take care,

    Zoë

  16. Thomas K. Carpenter says:

    Zoë,

    Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving a comment! I really enjoyed writing the story and hope you enjoy the rest of the episodes. And love the name, it’s the same as my daughter, she even uses the ‘e’ with the little dots, too. 🙂

    –Tom

  17. Joost says:

    Hi,

    Following up on what Zoë said, I completely agree on “The First Run”. I really like the character development, the complications and recoveries, and the ironies!

    What I’m wondering is whether you have any plans to develop this story, or at least the concept any further, perhaps even as a book?
    I imagine it may work well together with the game Star Citizen in some way, and this might be of interest to the producers of the game too…

    Joost.

  18. Thomas K. Carpenter says:

    Hello, Joost!

    I really enjoyed writing about Sorri and I’m glad you liked her too. Thankfully, Star Citizen asked me to do another story about her, so that’s in the planning stages right now. It won’t be out until later this year, depending on a whole bunch of factors outside of my control (mostly they already have a number of stories lined up after First Run is done), but it will be out eventually. She was too much fun to write about not to do another one. As for a book, I’m pretty busy with other novel projects right now, but if Star Citizen was looking at doing some novel length stuff in the future, I’d certainly consider it.

    Thanks again for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it! 🙂

    –Tom

  19. Nathan C says:

    I wanted to say I loved the short story for Star Citizen! I was literally excited for each addition each week from the beginning to end. I’ll keep an eye on your other projects and hope to pick up some of your existing work.

  20. Rodrigo S.F. says:

    Hey there;

    The First Run was great! Thank you for that, this is my favorite series so far in the Star Citizen Universe! And if you ever do a book, i would gladly buy it!

    And i must say, the entire community loved your work! You are awesome Mr. Carpenter;

    Looking foward for the next runs 😀

    -Viron

  21. Foreverguy says:

    Well done with the first run. Fantastic story. You should be proud.

  22. R-Bock says:

    Hello Thomas,

    I wanted to drop by and thank you for writing the story about Sorri.
    Really good and fun read and hope to see more writings on Star Citizen and Sorri.

    Let her have some FTL time and hit that red button [For Adventure]!

    Thanks again,

    R-Bock

  23. Thomas K. Carpenter says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving comments (all of you!) I was a huge fan of Wing Commander way back in college so this has been a real treat writing for Star Citizen.

    –Tom

  24. Thomas K. Carpenter says:

    Thanks! Some characters take time to flesh out and others just spring off the page fully formed. Sorri was definitely the later, which made her fun to write about. I can’t wait to write the next story about her (it’s already half-formed in my head), but other projects await for now.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments! 🙂

    –Tom

  25. Kate Riley says:

    I have been enjoying your Alexandrian stories very much and can’t wait to read some more. However did you really mean the prisoners to be guarded by a goaler or did you mean gaoler? 🙂

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