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Free Fall

TweetAs the polygon counts increase, so will the disturbing nature of the in-your-face AR installations.  What’s the AR version of throwing pig blood on a person wearing a fur coat? FREE FALL is a multi-site installation art piece using Augmented Reality. it is currently installed at the bank headquarters of the top ten recipients of TARP funds. […]

Is This How Strange We Look?

TweetLayar is demonstrating the Pac Man game at the truStockholm Unconferance in this video.  There’s no demonstration of the actual game going on for you to see.  Instead, people are holding up smartphones and wandering around in circles playing the game.  If you didn’t know any better, you might think it was some avant garde […]

Augmented Reality Year in Review – 2010

TweetTwo years ago, in 2009, augmented reality took its first steps into mainstream consciousness.  This last year, 2010, we’ve seen augmented reality really expand into new formats and across spectra. Like I did last year, I’m going to review month-by-month the mishaps and happenings of augmented reality in 2010.  This year the task seems more imposing […]

Conquar – The Layar Based Strategy Game

TweetToday my wife and kids were ignoring me so I hijacked my wife’s new iPhone.  I’d been curious to try the game on Layar called Conquar.  The idea sounded simple–take control of your city using troops.  Unfortunately, the game IS that simple. The way the game works is this: when you create an account, you’re […]

10 Cool Things Going On Right Now in Augmented Reality

TweetAugmented reality has come a long way in a years time.  Last year I got excited by research projects and gimmicky AR webcam advertising, but that quickly faded on the tenth plus iteration.  It wasn’t until July that we starting having real AR products in the form of apps.  Nearly a year later and still […]

Collectibles and Augmented Reality

TweetIt was only a matter of time.  Virtual goods make up a $1.4 Billion (that’s with a ‘B’ folks) business and the demand is growing.  We have Chinese gold farmers and Farmville exclusive goods, so augmented goods can’t be far behind. Right now augmented goods are tied to purchased toys as an “add-on.”  Metaio has […]

Augmented Reality Year in Review – 2009

TweetThe year 2009 has been an important milestone in the development of augmented reality as an important future technology.  While markers and marketing campaigns captured the early interest of the year, the bigger story was the porting of augmented reality to the various smartphones in the second half.  But those two generalities aren’t the only thing […]

10 Worst Uses of Augmented Reality in 2009

TweetTis the season to reflect and review the year that’s about the scuttle its caboose into 2010.  It’s been a huge year for augmented reality after decades of R&D, finally hitting the public’s awareness.  Unfortunately, not all applications of the nascent technology showcased its possibilities.  Instead, some slapped it into use without careful forethought and understanding […]

Augmented Reality App Review on AOTS

TweetI have a confession to make: I watch AOTS (Attack of the Show) almost every day and not just for Olivia Munn.  If you’re a hardcore gadget and game nerd like myself, this show is crack.  Though I was excited to see them discuss augmented reality for the first time, I thought they could have picked […]

V2 Instituite for the Unstable Media AR Talk

TweetBoth Wikitude and Layar spoke at this Ecosystem event for augmented reality hosted by V2 Instituite for the Unstable Media and PortalToYourDreams.  First half of the video has standard AR talking points, but after halfway point, I like the idea of seeing a person’s “aura” comprised of their metadata.  Would people act differently if you […]