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Smartphones Get "Reality Overlay" App

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the build-me-a-bigger-battery dept.

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Michael_Curator writes to tell us that mobile phones now have a "reality overlay" app that combines a smartphone's camera, GPS, and compass to augment a user's view of a particular location with metadata. "It works as follows: Starting up the Layar application automatically activates the camera. The embedded GPS automatically knows the location of the phone and the compass determines in which direction the phone is facing. Each [commercial] partner provides a set of location coordinates with relevant information which forms a digital layer. By tapping the side of the screen the user easily switches between layers."

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For the conceptually challenged: (4, Funny)

brouski (827510) | more than 4 years ago | (#28488797)

Think "Terminator Vision". Red hue optional.

Re:For the conceptually challenged: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28488855)

Think Spook Country and locative art-William Gibson

Re:For the conceptually challenged: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28489433)

my first thought as well

Re:For the conceptually challenged: (1)

Reikk (534266) | more than 4 years ago | (#28488963)

This is the first step to Robocop technology

Re:For the conceptually challenged: (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489059)

Can I get my phone with a list of Prime Directive that varies depending on where I go.
.
At the Store:
1. Get Milk
2. Get Cereal
3. Serve the Public Trust
4. Obey OCP
.
At the Bar:
1. Buy Beer
2. Drink Beer
3. Pee only in the Restroom
4. Screw the Public Trust
5. Obey OCP
.
At Work:
1. Get some work done
2. Go to Slashdot.org
3. Post inane response tyo cool cell phone app story
4. Obey OCP
.
.

Re:For the conceptually challenged: (1)

JerkBoB (7130) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490179)

Thanks for the belly laugh. Brought back memories of the game more than the movie. That freakin' shooting range was awesome!

Re:For the conceptually challenged: (3, Funny)

exhilaration (587191) | more than 4 years ago | (#28488969)

It is sort of like "Terminator Vision", except corporations can buy ad space in it:
John Connor identified, targeti... SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM MCDONALD'S: COME IN NOW WITH YOUR PHONE FOR $1 OFF A COMBO MEAL!!!

Wake me up when anyone can put their stuff on it.

Re:For the conceptually challenged: (1)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489175)

Someone has to pay to keep juice flowing to the servers. Either the app is free/cheap and advertisers pay for it, or it costs and arm and a leg and a subscription and they load it with all kinds of content. If someone were smart and working on building these apps and a business model, they'd do like Google does and put "preferred" results up top, but let all of them through.

Re:For the conceptually challenged: (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489001)

Think Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex "Cyberbrain version 0.001"

This will the be the app that will make people it would be great to have a cyberbrain implanted into their brain.

iBrain coming soon: summer of 2024

Re:For the conceptually challenged: (2, Funny)

LucidBeast (601749) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489005)

With current battery technology Terminator would have run out of reality overlay in about 30 minutes.

Re:For the conceptually challenged: (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489189)

The problem is that it don't display "Kill Sarah Connor" but "Buy shoes there!". But anyway, if we ever want to have terminator vision whoever develops it should have some initial funding, and ads seems to be the candy that makes most public advancements possible lately.

Re:For the conceptually challenged: (1)

hawk (1151) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490247)

I've long agreed that McDonald's has the least flavor of its competitors, but if you can buy shoes, too, this explains a lot . . .

hawk

Guided world tour (5, Funny)

reginaldo (1412879) | more than 4 years ago | (#28488843)

Excellent, now the entire world is like a guided museum tour.

'And on our right here, we have the parking lot that is affectionately nicknamed 'The Hobo's Restroom'. Please watch your step.'

Re:Guided world tour (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#28488877)

"Each [commercial] partner provides a set of location coordinates with relevant information which forms a digital layer."

We weren't content with just the billboards that reality already has...

Re:Guided world tour (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489035)

Think of the money that can be saved by putting up floating billboards and whatnot in cyberspace and how many billboard workers we can fire after this is implemented.

Re:Guided world tour (3, Insightful)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489093)

I think it's fair to say that every technology has good and bad uses. If we're only worried about the bad uses of a new idea/tool/etc. then even agriculture wouldn't work.

Re:Guided world tour (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489577)

That is fair enough. However, I would argue that it is equally fair to judge whether a given implementation of a given technology is good or bad.

Re:Guided world tour (1)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 4 years ago | (#28492659)

We weren't content with just the billboards that reality already has...

The great thing is, this app will just grey out those billboards with competitors on it! Your great new reality will not be muddled with the useless drivel of our competitors!

Re:Guided world tour (2, Insightful)

PeanutButterBreath (1224570) | more than 4 years ago | (#28488895)

Except that the world isn't a museum, and I don't need a guided tour of every chain convenience store within walking distance at any given time.

Re:Guided world tour (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28488935)

You simpleminded dilettante.

Imagine a ratebeer.com layer permanently on your phone.
Whenever you're in a new city, filter by whatever beer you like, or for pubs within the top 20% ratings for the city.

Re:Guided world tour (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489019)

That beer functionality alone will sell this for 50% of the population!

Re:Guided world tour (1)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489183)

Shit. That not only will sell me the app, but I'll buy the phone as well. Been looking for an excuse to get a G1...

Re:Guided world tour (1)

wampus (1932) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490515)

Keep looking, it's dreadful about 20% of the time. I do love it the other 80% to be fair.

Re:Guided world tour (1)

jc42 (318812) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490845)

Keep looking, it's dreadful about 20% of the time. I do love it the other 80% to be fair.

Heh. My wife has an iPhone and I have a G1. We've used their GPS with one of us driving while the other watches our track, and it can be quite entertaining at times. Right now, we're at home in a western suburb of Boston. My G1 shows its position as about 100 miles southeast of here, well out in the ocean east of Cape Cod. Occasionally, it pops over to some woods about half a mile to the south, sits there a while, then jumps back out into the ocean. A bit earlier, I watched the iPhone track as it showed her veering back and forth between the yards on one side of the road and a pond on the other side, occasionally hopping us to the middle of the next town north.

I'd say that if these are any indication, GPS-enhanced phones have a while to go before they're very useful for targeted ads by nearby stores. Of course, there aren't many stores 20 miles east of Cape Code.

It's also funny that sometimes, either or both of the gadgets has our position correct to within a few yards. But if we don't know quite where we are, we can't trust either one's GPS to tell us to within a mile of the truth.

Re:Guided world tour (1)

jc42 (318812) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490861)

I wrote: ... 20 miles east of Cape Code.

Oops; it's obvious that I've been doing too much coding lately. ;-)

Though with a good laptop and an open access point somewhere nearby, it can be fun to code sitting out on the beach with nobody but gulls and sandpipers around as a distraction.

Re:Guided world tour (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490931)

I think they are probably going to have trouble inside for quite a long time.

Re:Guided world tour (1)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 4 years ago | (#28491423)

Wow. I've got a Blackberry 8800, and it's GPS will show (correctly) whether I'm near the front or the back of my house. I noticed my wife's G1 will lock on similarly accurately when it finally locks, but it doesn't lock to GPS nearly as well as my crackberry. I'm actually thinking about the new MyTouch (aka HTC Magic), since she got the G1 with my contract extension due to her old Windows mobile phone being a POS.

Re:Guided world tour (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 4 years ago | (#28492609)

I bet you had to scroll a long way down your Terminator list of responses past "Yes", "No" and "Fuck You Asshole" to find "You simpleminded dilettante".

Re:Guided world tour (1)

reginaldo (1412879) | more than 4 years ago | (#28488973)

Think of it as Reality 2.0: Extreme Shopping and Bear Avoidance* Application

*We are not responsible for any bear maulings that occur while using our product.

Re:Guided world tour (0, Troll)

baap (1585797) | more than 4 years ago | (#28488897)

Overlay when in my loo - Big douche......Turd sandwich....OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT!

Re:Guided world tour (1)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489135)

Except it won't be run exclusively by family-friendly institutions. There will be a lot of other content in out of the way places. Some of it will be encoded with euphemisms, slang terms, steganography, encryption, etc., and will be cross-referenced to more detailed information on the net.

Don't worry, there will be something for everyone.

I wonder (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28488849)

does this also overlay underwear on naked bodies of living people ?

nigger (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28488851)

n/t

For the dis-AD-vantaged (1)

KingPin27 (1290730) | more than 4 years ago | (#28488865)

FTA:

Integration with redemption systems to provide user value (i.e. book here now for 50% off)

Oh goody -- not only can i get great features but I can get a discount on the ones I don't already have --- THANKS!!~

This has been around for 20 years (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28488985)

And it's called augmented reality. Reinventing the wheel is bad for society but good for egos.

You're wrong! You're racist, and you're wrong! (2, Interesting)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489073)

And it's called augmented reality. Reinventing the wheel is bad for society but good for egos.

If it weren't for people reinventing the wheel, we wouldn't have rubber tires, tank treads, and chrome spinnaz!

how about (1)

uepuejq (1095319) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489003)

instead of simply using satellites orbiting the earth we write programs on these phones that request to be triangulated by surrounding phones in order to develop a cellular sense of location, like a layer of atmospheric nerves relaying locational awareness data constantly? then as pictures are taken the location can be stored in a database and a digital reconstruction of reality can be created. why drive a car with a camera on top when you can get humanity to do all the work for free by providing a service?!

Re:how about (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489479)

... as pictures are taken the location can be stored in a database and a digital reconstruction of reality can be created. why drive a car with a camera on top when you can get humanity to do all the work for free by providing a service?!

Interesting idea. But I doubt the phones will be uploading pictures to a database until the pricing structure of data plans changes.

The service will be less competitive against other similar services if it chews up your data allocation by uploading pictures while the competitors just upload the location and download the overlay info.

Cool but Useless (1)

basementman (1475159) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489031)

Sure it's cool, but can anyone give me a situation where they would actually use this in real life? I'm still waiting on the basic stuff, like Flash.

Re:Cool but Useless (1)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489361)

Here's one:

Our intrepid explorer stands in the middle of the block on a dark evening in a strange part of town. He scans his surroundings with his cell phne until he sees the small red letters "GFE" hovering over the door of an apartment in a building across the street. Bingo.

Re:Cool but Useless (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28489391)

Too lazy to retype, and you obviously don't browse at 0.

by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 26, @06:00PM (#28488935)

You simpleminded dilettante.

Imagine a ratebeer.com layer permanently on your phone.
Whenever you're in a new city, filter by whatever beer you like, or for pubs within the top 20% ratings for the city.

That's the FIRST thing that came to my mind, and it would be a major selling point.

Re:Cool but Useless (1)

HiThere (15173) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489963)

Read "Halting State" by Charles Stross. (True, the version he was writing about was a bit more advanced...but it's clearly the same thing.)

Or read "The California Voodoo Game" by Larry Niven et. al. Again, a slightly more advanced version. If you've got a flexible imagination then you could try "Dream Park" (same author). There he was talking about holographic projections, but this is the same sort of thing, and there he was talking about something not much more advanced than this.

N.B.: All of these seem to require some sort of heads-up display, but I don't find that at all hard to imagine as an enhancement to what's being proposed.

OTOH, in NONE of these did people pay to watch commercials. I've read a couple of short stories where that happened, but in no longer form could anyone make it believable.

I can see it now (5, Funny)

SoVeryTired (967875) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489067)

I wake up in the darkness, totally lost. I fumble for my smartphone, knowing it's the only was I'll manage to reach home before dawn.
What I see is not comforting.

"It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue."

Re:I can see it now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28489143)

I wake up in the darkness, totally lost. I fumble for my smartphone, knowing it's the only was I'll manage to reach home before dawn.
What I see is not comforting.

"It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue."

very original

Re:I can see it now (1)

nextekcarl (1402899) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489643)

That is awesome. I really wish I had my mod points on this story rather than the last, but you won't need them.

killer app (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28489083)

All three G1 users just creamed their jeans.

Done and done (1)

RickRussellTX (755670) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489153)

Haven't relatively mature technologies like GPS devices been providing augmented reality for some time now? I mean, my GPS can show me the location of Dunkin Donuts shops long before I can see them on the street. Integrating the GPS-located items in the camera view seems to be the only innovation here.

Re:Done and done (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489731)

Haven't relatively mature technologies like GPS devices been providing augmented reality for some time now? I mean, my GPS can show me the location of Dunkin Donuts shops long before I can see them on the street. Integrating the GPS-located items in the camera view seems to be the only innovation here.

"Augmented reality", as usually discussed, means overlaying data relevant to the current view over a normal view of the world, so the part that it adds is the part that makes it "augmented reality".

OTOH, it sounds like pretty lame augmented reality, both because of the interface (using a phone), and because it seems to just use position/orientation data and not, say, any kind of processing of the incoming visual data. As well as positioning problems for things that are close (GPS is accurate enough for navigating on the road, but I don't think its going to be great for this), that means is mostly going to be a pretty inconvenient (hold your phone up between you and and the scene) way of presenting information that would be more convenient to present on a map display.

Rainbow's End (2, Interesting)

valley (240947) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489169)

Sounds a lot like the tech in Vernor Vinge's Rainbow's End [amazon.com]. Once again, the prescience of SF...

Re:Rainbow's End (1)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489345)

"Prescience" entails a great deal of paying attention.

I tried to buy Vinge lunch at CHI '99, but he declined, saying that he had to meet with the folks from the MIT wearables group. A Deepness in the Sky was freshly out, but he was already soaking up info to pour into Rainbows End (no apostrophe). I wonder who he's hanging out with now.

Alas, it doesn't look like his retirement from teaching is having much effect on his cicada-like rate of new releases...

Phht (5, Funny)

argStyopa (232550) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489193)

/unimpressed.

Call when they develop THIS app.

http://www.pictureshack.net/images/9846newlayar.JPG [pictureshack.net]

(Yes, it's sloppy; it was a very quick photoshop.)

Re:Phht (1)

Timmmm (636430) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489331)

Presumably yes. Just need to link your facebook profile to your location (and get everyone else to do that).

Re:Phht (1)

kloffinger (837670) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489457)

MOD PARENT INSIGHTFUL! as long as the search/index software can be "really fast" compared to what we can do today, it'd be a really simple application to write: a mashup of facial recognition, records lookup @ doctor (requires hack into secure db), social networking "interests" grep, etc...

Social Impication (1)

KvJ4 (1586101) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489221)

Just add face reconginiton to the camera and upload your personal profiles. Wella you now know who you jsut saw in the street

Sex Offenders Registry Overlay (3, Insightful)

leadfoot (159248) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489235)

How long will it take for the National Sex Offender Registry overlay to be created? Then you can be sure your kids are safer, when your phone alerts you to a nearby sex offender. http://www.familywatchdog.us/ [familywatchdog.us]

Re:Sex Offenders Registry Overlay (2, Funny)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489291)

Put a chip in all of the offenders so that when your kid's cell phone gets close to them, like say 30ft the phone starts playing the "Danger, Danger Will Robinson" sound clip from the Lost in Space TV series.

Re:Sex Offenders Registry Overlay (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489519)

How long will it take for the National Sex Offender Registry overlay to be created?

About twenty minutes after one of the developers reads your post.

"Each [commercial] partner", eh? (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489279)

So this wouldn't really just be another means for greedy people to control and manipulate my perception and information in such a way that it benefits them? Like having selective "points of interest" in navigation and mapping software, those inclusions only being available to those "points" willing to pony up a chunk of dough for the privilege?

This "reality overlay" is really about reality control/filtering.

Enkin (1)

omuls are tasty (1321759) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489317)

Back when Google was running the first round of the Android programming challenge, a lot of excitement was generated by an augmented reality app called Enkin. To everybody's surprise, it didn't make it into the first round of finals, and seemd to disappear from sight. Turns out that Google had some other plans for them [androidguys.com].

I did see one AR app in action on a G1, but I don't remember what it was called. The results were so-so... Hit and miss, sometimes it would get the buildings right, sometimes it wouldn't. But AR is definitely a very appealing possibility, and it'll probably improve very quickly. All the basic bits seem to be there.

Re:Enkin (1)

Fallen Seraph (808728) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489635)

You're probably thinking of Wikitude, which has been around for a while, and overlays wikipedia information on buildings and landmarks. It's a pretty cool app, and a bit more altruistic than Layar (which does it for commercial purposes).

I work for Daemon inc.. (1)

Rytr23 (704409) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489323)

I'm a sorcerer level 40 and I already have this ad free, oh and several hundred AutoM8s under my control..

Not original, not a "Killer App" (1)

JobyOne (1578377) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489327)

I downloaded some program for my Android phone months ago that did this. It didn't have ads either, it just pulled data from free sources (mostly wikipedia).

And you know what? It was stupid and useless then, it's stupid and useless now, and advertising in it isn't going to make it any less stupid and useless.

Also, using GPS and accelerometers in tandem to give spatially relevant information isn't remotely a new idea either. The Sky Map program for Android has been doing that too for some time. Guess what? It's pretty stupid and useless as well.

I guess all it takes to make a "killer app" is to put advertising on something stupid and useless. I already did that on my blog, I should be rich!

Re:Not original, not a "Killer App" (5, Insightful)

Fallen Seraph (808728) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489689)

First off, you're thinking of Wikitude, and I agree, it's not original, the idea's been around for a while, it just hasn't been entirely feasible till now.

But it's far from useless. Just because YOU don't have a use for it doesn't mean others don't. I, for instance, am a huge astronomy buff, and think that Google Sky Map is very cool. Instead of spending an hour orienting and aligning my telescope to Polaris, and constantly tweaking it, I can point my phone at the sky and it's tell me what I'm looking at and where to find other objects. Very handy for me, not so handy for someone who doesn't go outside.

Last year I spent a week in Europe, including Prague, and would've loved to have Wikitude point out building data and points of interest. It's a brilliant tool for tourists.

The technology is VERY useful, but it's only in it's infancy right now. Once upon a time people thought GPS was useless when it was first introduced to the commercial sector. Now many people can barely drive without it. Whether you like it or not, semantically associating data online with reality is the future, and makes that data infinitely more useful.


PS - Maybe you'd find a use for it if you ever went outside ;)

Re:Not original, not a "Killer App" (1)

oakgrove (845019) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490215)

See, while I actually do find this useful for traveling, etc., it's actually a rather weak form of true AR.

For it to be the real deal, first of all, requires a heads up display be it a corneal implant, actual functional eyeglass display or whatever. It needs to have the ability to contextually figure out what I'm doing and respond appropriately. Say for instance I'm working on my car and I'm not sure exactly how a part is supposed to fit. A true AR setup would just overlay a holographic image of the part over what I'm doing. Or say I wanted to learn a musical instrument, same deal. It should be able to automatically block out billboards as I'm going down the road and replace them with pleasant scenery. If I want my house to look like a medieval castle, true AR would be able to provide the illusion for me.

While this app and others like it like Wikitude, are a start, we have a long way to go.

Re:Not original, not a "Killer App" (1)

Fallen Seraph (808728) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490345)

Well that's a given. The original commercial GPS units didn't have built in maps, points of interest, or much else. They were used by hikers and people who love in less than accessible terrain mostly. All technology must start somewhere...

Re:Not original, not a "Killer App" (1)

Spitfire75 (800119) | more than 4 years ago | (#28491291)

Real-life Adblock? Imagine installing a set of filters to never see TV commercials, billboards or girl's pants---err any ads ever again.

Re:Not original, not a "Killer App" (1)

SoupIsGoodFood_42 (521389) | more than 4 years ago | (#28492549)

I agree, I've had this idea for a long time, just like many others. Having an idea is one thing, executing is another. I've always thought that a HUD with accelerometers and compass (like the iPhone has) would be neat, but HUDs aren't quite ready for mainstream usage and probably won't be until they look like normal glasses and are easy to use (including the software that you're using them with). This products looks neat, especially how it takes advantage of existing tech products. How successful it will be will depend upon many things, such as how reliable and open it is. Of course, a lack of those things won't necessarily stop it from being developed, unfortunately (imagine if AT&T bought a patent to this idea).

I want AR contacts, but I'll settle for a phone (1)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489411)

I was telling people twenty or more years ago that I wanted a handheld device that I could take on the trail, hold up, look through like a little window, and see an overlay showing trail distances, climbs/descents, geographic feature names, and so forth. In 1990, you could do it as a slow, clumsy demo on a "handheld device" tethered to a room full of equipment. Now, with GPS, built-in cameras and good inertial tracking, we're really just a good eye-tracking layer away from a true implementation.

Re:I want AR contacts, but I'll settle for a phone (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490171)

Or you could just look at the fucking scenery and enjoy pure unfiltered reality for once.

Sheesh. Kids these days.

Re:I want AR contacts, but I'll settle for a phone (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490917)

Mission to Mars does a nice job showing something like this.

Reminiscent of Spook Country (1)

a4r6 (978521) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489491)

by William Gibson (author of Neuromancer,) where artists started using goggles, GPS info and 3D modeling to create an alternate reality featuring their works.

When Google StreetView can get the numbers right (2, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 4 years ago | (#28489571)

When Google StreetView can get the street numbers right, this might actually work.

For now, it's just going to be another ad delivery system.

The cool app for this would be one that, when you enter a restaurant or store, sounds an alarm if the business has a problem, like a poor Yelp rating, a poor BBB rating, a poor health department rating, etc.

Re:When Google StreetView can get the numbers righ (1)

n30na (1525807) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490005)

What about if people on slashdot didnt like it? Oh, wait, then it would vibrate anytime it existed. Or at least weren't at a computer.

Re:When Google StreetView can get the numbers righ (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490947)

Doesn't Yelp have a poor Yelp rating that they paid Yelp to hide?

Gibson anyone... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28489687)

Sounds like something out of Spook Country, commercialized.

Paging Steven Colbert (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28489885)

Perfect! Because reality has a well-known Liberal bias.

Reality overlay? (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490361)

Smartphones Get "Reality Overlay" App

Reality overlay? Ha ... I'm guessing Steve Jobs is behind this one.

position + direction... I'm missing distance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28490579)

Okay, so this gadget knows where you are, and the direction you are looking trhough gps position + compass info. But does it use the AF system also to tell what you are pointing it at?... else, if distance is not available, I guess one got to differentiate the object using shape? So how does it know that the shape of a given object corresponds to a certain object/position on a map? does someone have to go and record all existing views first, or has someone managed to do some algos for mapping perpendicular top view from google maps to horizontal views of buildings?

position = location + direction +... distance? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28490621)

So, how does this gadget tell what object you are looking at, if it cannot measure distance accurately? Does it use the AF info, or does it base all on shape recognition? (thus requiring a custom DB) or can it map to perpendicular data like that on google maps?

Dennou Coil / Eden of the East? (1)

Laebshade (643478) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490821)

Am I the only one on here that thinks of Dennou Coil or Eden of the East (Higashi no Eden) when I read about thiss? I would love to have an augmented reality ala Dennou Coil, complete with the glasses, but Eden of the East-style identification would be fun, too.

Re:Dennou Coil / Eden of the East? (1)

heucuva (59104) | more than 4 years ago | (#28491901)

I immediately thought of Higashi no Eden, as well, when I saw this. Speaking of 'Eden, it was a great show, but it ended way too soon. I just hope the movie makes up for that.

Spook Country by William Gibson (1)

chris_eineke (634570) | more than 4 years ago | (#28490887)

This augmented reality is prominently featured in William Gibson's novel Spook Country. I was talking to a suit about this idea just a couple of weeks ago. He suggested that it was worthwhile pursuing. Now that they seem to have done that, I'm discouraged. Fuck, I'm always too late... :(

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