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07 February 2012

A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked and AR

This post is for the ISOCS Senior Primary Class which is looking at changing materials (glass) and soon, exploration.  I would file this under "What is left to explore?"

I found this video on the iPad Creative blog this morning.



Uploaded by CorningIncorporated on Feb 3, 2012
http://bit.ly/xITx1H - Watch and share "A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked," to see how Corning's highly engineered glass, with companion technologies, will help shape our world. Take a journey with our narrator for details on these technologies, answers to your questions, and to learn about what's possible -- and what's not -- in the near future
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Towards the end of the video, the guide says
"How close are we to this?  Well, it's do-able now, but not to this scale, and not at an affordable price. Further innovation in manufacturing is needed to get us there on a broad scale...This is a story about ubiquitous displays, open operating systems, shared applications, cloud media storage and unlimited bandwidth.  We know there are many obstacles  to be overcome before what we've just seen can become an obtainable, reliable reality..."

I'm particularly attracted to mobile augmented reality possibilities for historical investigation, something like the children in the video use in the National Park.
"Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.... Augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements, such as sports scores on TV during a match. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally manipulable. Artificial information about the environment and its objects can be overlaid on the real world." (link)

"Modern smartphones with camera, positioning (global positioning or GPS), internal compass and device orientation sensors, such as the iPhone 3GS or 4, have made mobile augmented reality possible. Several applications use these possibilities to overlay imagery on the camera view. A user activates such an application and looks through the camera to observe added reality. Currently the most widely used applications of augmented reality browsers are Layar (www.layar.com), Junaio (www.junaio.com), Wikitude (www.wikitude.org) and Acrossair (www.acrossair.com)." (link)
(Read more: Augmented Reality and the Museum Experience | museumsandtheweb.com)


You won't find dinosaur-sized screens yet, but if you have an iPhone, iPad or other smart device, you can have augmented reality experience now.
Have you seen:
Streetmuseum
"...Streetmuseum gives you a unique perspective of old and new London whether you’re discovering the capital for the first time or revisiting favourite haunts. Hundreds of images from the Museum of London’s extensive collections showcase both everyday and momentous occasions in London’s history, from the Great Fire of 1666 to the swinging sixties. Select a destination from our London map or use your GPS to locate an image near you. Hold your camera up to the present day street scene and see the same London location appears on your screen, offering you a window through time. Want to know more? Simply tap the information button for historical facts....."
Streetmuseum Londonium
"...Key Roman sites in London, such as the amphitheatre at Guildhall, are brought to life through augmented reality video – produced by HISTORY™ – which re-enacts scenes of Roman London against today’s modern backdrop. Soundscapes also allow you to listen to the hustle and bustle of the forum or the sounds of ritual incantation at the Temple of Mithras. (AR mode only available on iPhone)..."


"Does AR add something to a museum experience or does it becomes the experience itself? What do we gain from looking at a composite digital/real world through a mobile phone and what do we lose? In the case of archive photography there is a thrill to be had by looking down the barrel of history whilst standing in very same spot from which the original image was captured." (link)