When I started this blog a few months ago, I thought it was going to be hard to have something to talk even once a week.  Little did I know, I would have to restrain myself from posting everyday or sometimes twice a day.  The wealth of topics says a lot for the robustness of the fledgling augmented reality movement.  Hopefully in my enthusiasm, I’ve tilted the scales into the quality and not quantity category, but I’ll let you, the reader, judge me. 

My readership has increased steadily the past three months which has encouraged me to try harder and make sure I’m giving you a reason to come back.  For those that may have recently stumbled upon my little corner of the Internet, I wanted to go back and pick out some of my favorite posts so far.

Sign of the Singularity.  This one was one of my favorites to write because I got to work in “robot apocalypse” and “the machine that goes ping!”.  I, like most nerds, relish any apocalyptic catastrophe because of the chance of being the only male in a hidden settlement with Megan Fox look-a-likes.  Oh yeah, and there’s a computer that can perform experiments.  Did I mention Megan Fox?

Can AR Help Manufacturing? and AR for Industry.  When I started this I honestly didn’t expect to find good uses for AR for my day job as a Toyota plant Quality and Engineering Manager.  However, after reviewing a few videos and having a great conversation with Jan from Metaio, my mind was ablaze with ideas.  In fact, I’ve started working with Metaio on a few projects and hopefully, in a month or so, I can give more details on how we’re using augmented reality in an industrial setting. 

The Digital Sea.  This is what got me started.  Working up the concepts for three novels left me with orphan ideas without a home, so I decided to start this blog to share.  This is one of my early posts.  I’m not sure I like my voice, but we have to start somewhere. 

Why Digital Matters.  I’ve hit this theme for specific industries a few times since, and I’m sure I’ll find more examples in the future.  But for any industry that deals in information locked into physical media.  Beware.  Your time is coming.

Machines That Know.  The Good and the Bad.  In this trifecta of posts I looked at the repercussions of personal data in an augmented reality world.  As machines can recognize people, facial expression and objects, our freedoms can be impinged upon.  While AR is a fun technology with lots of potential.  We should always remember that the laws of unintended consequences can bite us if we’re not vigilant. 

This concludes my little flashback into the recent past and now that its over, I’m ready to get back to more cool new stuff.  I have a notebook full of new ideas and as I look around the Internet, people are blowing away my expectations of what augmented reality can do right now.  I can’t wait for the next post.


Thomas K. Carpenter

Thomas K. Carpenter is a full time contemporary fantasy author with over 50 independently published titles. His bestselling, multi-series universe, The Hundred Halls, has over 25 books and counting. His stories focus on fantastic families, magical academies, and epic adventures.

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