Friday, February 04, 2011

Augmented Realities

Augmented Realities! Mobile augemnted reality and libraries

Fiacre O'Duinn, Cataloguing Librarian, Hamilton PL

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  • artile in latest access magazine by Fiacre

  • 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 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 an app called “do not eat” ( ...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 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 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 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 (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 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!

  • 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!)...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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This guy was the BEST speaker so far!!!

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