A Virtual Date With a Computerized J-Pop Star Gives a Sense of Implied Spaces

Posted by | July 10, 2012

What do you get when you combine a Kinect, a pair of augmented-reality projector goggles, and a virtual personalized Japanese J-Pop star? You get a chance to look at the future of augmented reality personal assistants or virtual secretaries—and you also get a very odd experience that makes the world look like something out of an anime version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. If anyone is going to bring talking, interactive expert agent AIs into vogue, it will probably be the Japanese virtual-date scene and the weeabo avalanche. Kyt Dotson over at SiliconANGLE has the story.


Augmented Reality and Mobile Computing in the Era of the Personal Cloud

Posted by | December 28, 2011

I personally enjoy the discussion near the 13:00 mark when it rolls into augmented reality.

Anyone who reads science fiction should look at Acellerando by Charles Stross—it’s exactly the sort of thing to set up any technologist for the potential future we might see coming out of wearable computers and the advent of augmented reality. By this, I don’t mean the high science tech seen in the later book, but the very beginning where the star of the show is the everyman cyborg who uses his technology to better mankind.

Manfred—who I keep thinking is Mankrik—happens to be an excellent example of how technological near-telepathy comes out of our personal cloud and mobile devices. We already augment our reality as cyborg beings every day with our Internet-connected …


Mainstream is Waking Up to Augmented Reality

Posted by | May 3, 2011

As we all know, augmented reality is a keen little technology that overlays virtual objects and information over real-world scenes. Google Maps, with its street view technology, is a simple form of augmented reality. But hey, doesn’t it seem like everyone has these smart phone things, with video cameras and internet connections? Gee, I wonder what could be done with those… Now that even our parents have iPhones, the mainstream world is waking up to the possibilities of augmented reality. The Wall Street Journal has the story.


Augmented Reality, Virtual Pets, and the Undead

Posted by | August 6, 2009

Augmented reality is a technology where virtual objects are projected into real space, usually through a TV screen. This is really neat, because it allows for people to interact with their tech in a very natural and intuitive way. Just reach out and grab. In the gaming world, this technology is slowly evolving. It requires a camera, which only the Sony Playstation 3 and the Nintendo DSi offer right now. That’s a limiting factor, but it won’t be for long. Sooner or later, you’ll be able to hook in your cell phone camera…

But you want to see what’s cooking. Okay. Here. Take the DSi. It’s got two cameras, it’s portable, it’s a great window, as it were, into augmented reality. That’s where the ghosts live.

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