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The Dangers of Computer Vision

Tweet The Dangers of Computer Vision. (I thought about calling this article “The Passive and Insidious Collection of Data with Cameras” or “Should We Fear Facial Recognition?” but I think the current title gets the point across.) Computer algrorithms have reached the point that facial recognition has become easy enough to become common place.  They can even […]

Watson Will Make Us Superhumans

TweetThe continued advance of computer intelligence, riding the rails of Moore’s Law, have made events like IBM’s Watson win over two champions on Jeopardy inevitable.  While thoughts of the Singularity, a future in which we cannot predict because computers will out-innovate humans, are fascinating to consider, I prefer a human centered future.  And augmented reality has a large place in […]

Predator Invisibility and Ghost Furniture with Kinect

TweetWhen writing The Digital Sea, invisibility was one of the cool effects I thought was possible with ubiquitous augmented reality.  I didn’t expect to see tangible examples so soon.  Granted, without AR glasses, all the effects are static on the screen and only eye candy.  But what glorious eye candy Fukatsu-san makes.  The predator alien would be proud. The […]

Kinect Green Screen

TweetThe Kinect has become the all-in-one sensor bar of choice for modders everywhere.  The ability for the Kinect to do facial and gesture recognition, sensing 3D under any ambient light condition, combined with a rapidly expanding hacker tools, has made it indispensable for true AR. While the Kinect Hacks site has been documenting the every aspect of […]

Invisible Scuplture

TweetA little real-time camera trickery and some augmented reality, and wa-la…invisible cube. A camera fixed on the concrete cube sculpture recognizes the presence of human faces within its scope. With a randomized choice it will focus on one of the bystanders and adjust its movement to his; tracking the eye movements of the viewer, a […]

Laster’s Augmented Reality “Pro Mobile Display”

Tweet Ahh… augmented reality see-through HMD, how you tease me so… Maybe I’m a cynical twice-burned jilted lover but I feel I’ve been here before. Thankfully, I fall in love again so easily. Laster Technologies “Pro Mobile Display” has me intrigued enough for a lunch date at least and the company lists the PMD as […]

Maxcware AR Glasses Project

TweetA few months ago Staffan Dryselius made a splash on Team Hack-a-Day with his DIY data glasses.  Since then he’s been working with a team to improve his design and would like to form a larger partnership with anyone interested in working on or owning a pair of AR glasses.  Having a working HMD for augmented […]

TV Trickery with Augmented Reality

TweetWe’re a long way from fooling the man on the street, but augmented reality may soon play trickery on your TV screens.  This video montage combining scenes from movies like The Running Man and Wag the Dog; and bits of real-time AR from the last few years makes for a convincing argument about the future […]

HMD Augmented Reality Display with Vuzix CamAR

TweetA workable HMD augmented reality unit is a major step forward for the technology.  Once a see-through model is available, we can break out of the “magic lens” smartphone.  However, a see-through HMD is still a couple of years away and until then we’ve got to make due with what’s currently available.  Craig Kapp, a […]

Surveillance Society – A Lesson for the OGI

TweetOn the heels of my post yesterday about the Outernet Guidance Initiative and the perils of data harvesting, I find this bit of flotsam foaming out of the datasphere.  Don’t be fooled by the lack of presentation fireworks or the bleary-eyed speaker reading his lines early in the morning without his cup of joe.  The […]