Augmented Realities! Mobile augemnted reality and libraries
Fiacre O'Duinn, Cataloguing Librarian, Hamilton PL
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what does it mean to augment reality?!...
as libs we need to use technology in a meaningful way
def'n and history...
definition: allows info to overlay the physical world...combines real and virtual worls...interactive in real time...registered in 3d
works with mobile phones using camera / gps / internet connection
1968 first augmented reality system! Helmet attached to the ceiling!
1992 goggles to overlay images over the real world view
1997 backpack / gps / digital radio...major gear!
2000 AR Quake ...game for outdoor use
2005 AR tennis game
2008 wikitude...gps + compas data + wikipedia info
over the last two years definition broadened...emphasis more on real-time info....eg an app called “do not eat” (donteat.at) ...shares health dept info re restaurants which were rated low
groundgrew...used by non-profits to build squads via gps and txt msgs...nifty...used by community gardens in London...like farmville for real!...walking by a garden, get a txt to please water
GeoLoqi....Amber Kays super AR researchers...look her up!...says we have all become cyborgs due to attachment to mobile devices
can send yourself a note to get in the future / when you're in a certain location...via sms
tying info to location
wow this guy is a GREAT speaker...
ambient info / non-visual augmented reality v interesting
layar and StreetMuseum (available for iPhone and android)
Layar...augments reality by showing real time digital info about the real world you see through your phone camera...uses gps...pre-loaded on samsung phones
interesting ops for Libraries...Layar platform is open...have any libs done anything with it? Layar Player allows you to use their player to create an app
Hoppala! Augmentation is an easy way to create a Layar app / info
easy way to experiment / low barrier to entry...make a little video and go watch it...do you have to have an iPhone/android?
Layar has a Tim Horton's locator
StreetMuseum...example of how to do AR well....Museum of London...places old/historic photos of London around the city...an app...overlays historic pics on what you see through your phone...wowser
challenges: physical space...architecture....helps people understand what a space is for...physical cues...archtecture defines activity...challeng for libs = focus on dependency btw physical space and activity...need to think architecturally about AR
social/cultural aspects...space (it's abstract)....”location” is longititude and latitude...”place” is the organizing of experience / networks of support / might be “place” for one person, but not another...ar much enhance preception of “place”...focus needs to be on place, not self...(Tommy Texters)
technilogical infrastrucutre: becomes interwoven with the physical space
best example...unofficial art exhibit in museum ofmodern art...all in AR...funny...might lead to “geo-fencing” ...places locked to AR
someone hacked a BP (British Petroleum) logo joke, so it was spilling oil...lol!
Solutions: how to deal with the complexity?....examine the metaphors and concepts we use...
helps make new media environments become familiar
information decoration...originally mentioned in an article by an artist...seeking a balance between tech and art...using info to achieve something
be aware of different levels of awareness (human bandwith...wow!)...we tend to drift in and out of info world (phone buzzing etc...)
good principle to see what artists are doing with new technology (interesting)...(also the military)...hmmmm...
context IS content
Information Flaneur (check out article from Univ of Calgary guys)....Flaneur was a character who roamed the City of Paris when it was exploding...walked the city in order to experience it...compares urban world of 1840s to modern works of info overload
move to a more positive info-seeking experience
a more optimistic outlook
the city is explorable...and so is info
info ethnography: WHY people are using info
allow people to become active participants in the process...
where is the “field” you're doing research in?...ethnography is trying to make sense of this
look up some of this guy's references to do some more reading on this stuff
Aaron Schmidt just wrote a small article re user research...should have more focus (AMEN!)
predictions: don't make predicionts, but create the future we want t see!
Libs should demonstrate the way AR should be used
not “I have seen the future” but “I am making the future”
San Jose lib has delved in to this....when Sarah H-J was there...check out her blog
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