Weekly Linkfest

I hate August. It’s too darn hot over here. Luckily there a few cool and refreshing augmented reality stories this week:

This week’s video is of a year old, yet cool project by Karolina Sobecka with software development by Jim George. Sniff is a projected virtual dog that interacts with people passing it on the street. You can find lots more detail over Sobecka’s site (where you can watch other fun projector based projects, like Chase). [via Augmentology]

Have a good week!

2 Responses

  1. Well, I disagree massively with those glass’s points.
    We can make decent AR glass’s right now. They just need to be cheaper and better quality.
    Theres no massive technical barriers to the glass’s themselves. And this sort of FUD only helps put off company’s investing.

    Battery life is an issue, but not a big one. Not giving what people do and put up with on the smartphones today.
    It wont take much more power. (maybe even less, in fact, glass’s can project with less light produced?). The difference between a screen and a pair of specs shouldn’t be much.

    The rest is mostly general AR criticisms.
    Yes, alignment can improve. Image-based positioning, etc. But its good enough to be usefull now.
    Its also a software issue…no need for 20 years over it.

    Ditto for “sharing data”.

    As for needing 4G….rubbish. Just cache stuff. These arn’t video streams we are dealing with. Its perfectly possible to have thousands of annotations cached from your local area and called up when your near.
    It doesn’t need to be done server-side and delivered in real time every time you walk a few meters.
    Even a 56kb connection could be used for lots of AR quite happily :P

    [/rant off]

  2. But battery life is already a problem with smartphones, and although the display itself may take less juice, but the always on GPS, the complicated CPU intensive algorithms would drain the battery in no-time.

    As for network connectivity – yes, 4g is not required. Higher bandwidth is not necessary. But latency would play a vital rule if you try to move some of the processing to a remote server.

    If you really believe that good glasses are feasible today, I suggest you’ll start working on it – I bet there’s a lot of money in it.

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