My daily readings 06/29/2010

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    • I can’t wait until someone comes out with a tablet that has a camera on the backside, so you can do proper Augmented Reality. Imagine being able to walk around with a window into another world – now that’s revolutionary.
    • I can’t imagine many people would take to strolling around with a large LCD screen poised in front of their faces.


    • I’ve heard complaints from several (and happen to agree) that augmented reality sounds awesome in theory, but in practice you feel like a weirdo standing there holding a device in front of your face, aiming around the town square. I can only imagine how much of a jerk I’d feel like waving my tablet around. Perhaps that’s just “my problem”, but I think it’s got a decent chance of preventing AR from ever being anything but a novelty. Integrate it invisibly (to others) into a contact lens or stylish glasses and you’ve REALLY got something, though.

      (On the other hand, just as I didn’t predict that AR would feel as weird to do in public as it does on a phone, maybe it’s less bad in practice when done on a tablet with both arms. More like a map.)

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    • Can you make something that looks at what someone is wearing, and then alters colors, patterns, etc? So I try on a certain shirt type, and then it’ll show what I would look like with other shirts of the same cut?

      I would also enjoy a gesture controlled UI for a simple computer. Maybe something that can turn sign language into typed English?

      I’ve got no idea how difficult these systems would be to build — absolutely no experience in the field.

    • Changing shirt colours would be a fairly straightforward segmentation problem. Applying patterns accurately would require some kind of 3d reconstruction, which is obviously harder.

      I like the gesture controlled UI idea. Understanding sign language is probably several steps too far – I think it relies heavily on facial expressions to give the gestures context, and it almost certainly isn’t a straight mapping from gestures to words.. Will hunt around for literature though, as even understanding a small subset would be fascinating and I’d love to learn to sign.

  • tags: AR

    • An Augmented reality App which can be used to view historic images/view of a location, For example use the app and look at Times Square and it lets you view how Times Square looked 20/40/60/100 years back.
      It can be called “Time Machine” unless apple has issues. 🙂 What do you think?
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    • – Augmented reality .. for dating. Wouldn’t it be great to walk into a club with a pair of glasses that double as a HUD and tell you a girl’s OKCupid profile name, what her favorite band is, and what personality flags are set? Or even better, glasses that double as a HUD and can use AdBlockPro HUD Version in order to block out billboards and
    • I’m working (slowly) on the iPhone and Android Augmented Reality kits (open source). We could always use help, check it here

      and here

    • I think the technology for augmented reality dating is almost ready, or might be ready now. Face recognition seems to have become really good lately.

      The only real problem is getting all the profile pics out of facebook.

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    • I’m going to make a bold assertion here: This is useless.

      This kind of “augmented reality” (I think it diminishes reality) is a usability disaster. It’s basically the worst possible way to display information about locations. Maps offer so many more advantages that it makes it hard to find any way to justify Layar.

    • I think one of the biggest hinderances to “augmented reality” is the currently available viewers. Holding up an iPhone or some other smart device to look through its small screen doesn’t cut it. The concept is powerful, the usability is awful.

      The smart device needs to be used as sender / receiver of data, not as the viewing tool. If there were glasses that could synch with your smart device and semi-transparently overlay whatever augmented reality layer you wanted to currently view, then you have something that is very powerful AND usable.

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    • Honestly Google’s bifurcation in supporting both Chrome OS and Android was, at least to me, a perplexing decision, as they seem fundamentally (competing UI’s, similar market) to be incompatible roadmaps.

      If touch tablets ends up upending the netbook category, then Chrome OS won’t really have a home. It doesn’t have the capability of taking advantage of advanced hardware, and netbook functionality might be fully accounted for by Android tablets. Chrome OS was an interesting bet in the direction of computing (smaller, inexpensive notebooks as the norm for Internet consumption and light office work), but things might not pan out the way Chrome’s founders had thought.

    • Steve Ballmer said it quite right: Android was a bet on the technology of the past (OS, installable apps, etc), and Chrome OS is a bet on the future (webapps, light clients, etc.)
    • Chrome OS is completely browser-centric & cloud-centric. While Android is a small device OS oriented to phones. Android also supports installing 3rd party applications, which my guess is Chrome doesn’t.

      I assume that Chrome OS will completely sync with Chrome on the desktop. This means that if you’re working on your web-based apps on your computer, you’ll be able to pick up your Chrome tablet and seamlessly continue the work and then switch back again.

    • I’m really curious about the core motivations a devloper like Matt has for leaving a project like Chrome OS before it’s seen through to completion.

      To be as gifted as Matt appears to be, you have to have a deep love for what you do. And with that love, I would hope comes a sense of pride and ownership in your work. I just couldn’t fathom walking away from something like Chrome OS to work at Facebook.

      I imagine Facebook gave him one heck of an offer. But if there is anything I’ve learned in the short time I’ve been a devloper and the even shorter amount of time I’ve been reading HN, it’s that people who truly love what they do in this industry don’t always go for the gold. And even if he is dirven by financial gain, I can’t imagine he was wanting for much of anything working at Google, so why the switch?

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    • might have been a better idea to build this for the Blackberry. Not that I’d install it anyway. 15 seconds vs 1 second to exchange cards and I can do cards in parallel. Imagine how silly you’d feel in an actual business setting bumping iPhones with one another… A better idea would be to point the iPhone at someone in a mtg and it identify them using some form of augmented reality. we don’t need tagging, there are much better ways.
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    • > What good is that when show up in Japan and can’t read any of the signs around you?

      Anyone have an idea of how difficult it would be to do an augmented reality iPhone app that would translate these signs, etc., on the fly for you? If I were traveling, I would probably buy an iPhone just for that app.

      A quick Google search turned up this NYT article [1] from 2002 about the idea. Does this exist in a retail app already?


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