Friday 31 July 2009

Microsoft sustainability

Since iPhone's remarkable hit on the mobile device market, new keywords such as "New User Interface", "Touch Screen," and "Haptic" have become new paradigms on most markets. Mega pixels and MP3 player functions were big issues on the mobile phone market just a few years ago. However, most major mobile phone providers emphasize their new user interface, especially interfaces using 3-D and touch functions. In addition, as pervasive computing and Ubiquitous computing has appeared, the demand for new user interfaces and new display technologies has increased enormously.
On the other hand, as display technology has been developed we begin to rebel against the restraint imposed by monitors.

This video clip shows our new life with new display technologies and new interfaces. To keep pace with the times, we encounter new formats of GIS data such as portable light. 
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Thursday 9 July 2009

Augmented Reality GPS Tour Video

This video was recorded around the middle of 2007. It is a HMD (Head Mounted Display) based Augmented Reality application. The one big benefit of HMD AR is total immersion as contrasted with Monitor-Based AR.

Tuesday 7 July 2009

Nearest Tube iPhone App Adds Digital Directions to Your Surroundings [IPhone Apps]

iPhone 3GS only: The Nearest Tube iPhone app uses the iPhone 3GS's newly-adequate camera to show the direction of the nearest tube station by adding directional arrows to a real-time "video" you take of your surroundings. Seriously, check this out.

AcrossAir, the makers of the app, claim it as one of the first "augmented reality" apps for the iPhone, meaning it adds digital signs to a real-time video. It only supports the London Underground for now, and is currently being approved by Apple, but we could definitely see this coming in handy for most any major city. Can we humbly request a version for Chicago, city of the miles-apart subway stations? We'll let you know when it's eventually approved and released into the App Store. (From

Thursday 2 July 2009

Pattie Maes demos the Sixth Sense

This demo, from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT (and spearheaded by her student Pranav Mistry), was the buzz of TED2009. Sixth Sense is a wearable device with a projection screen that paves the way for profound, data-rich interaction with our environment. Imagine Minority Report and then some. (Recorded in February 2009 in Long Beach, California. Duration: 08:42.) (From TED website :