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Hyperlinking Reality via Phones April 3, 2007

Posted by Melissa Quintanilha in remote communication, visualization.
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nokialg1.gifA Nokia research project could one day make it easier to navigate the real world by superimposing virtual information on an image of your surroundings. The new software, called Mobile Augmented Reality Applications (MARA), is designed to identify objects viewed on the screen of a camera phone.

The Nokia research team has demonstrated a prototype phone equipped with MARA software and the appropriate hardware: a global positioning system (GPS), an accelerometer, and a compass.

The souped-up phone is able to identify restaurants, hotels, and landmarks and provide Web links and basic information about these objects on the phone’s screen. In addition, says David Murphy, an engineer at Nokia Research Center, in Helsinki, Finland, who works on the project, the system can also be used to find nearby friends who have phones with GPS and the appropriate software.

Read full article at: http://www.technologyreview.com/Biztech/17807/page1/

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The Unseen Video, a weather controlled, dynamic music video March 30, 2007

Posted by Melissa Quintanilha in ambient displays, music, visualization.
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The Unseen Video is much more than a normal, static music video. It is a video that is affected by the weather and local time from the position of the viewer.

It creates new synergies between the music, the video and the surroundings of the viewer. Every little change in your environment ensures that you will never see the same video twice. The look of the video might slightly change within an hour, but will have a whole new character in a few months.

More information: http://theunseenvideo.com/

Visualize Scratch February 1, 2007

Posted by Melissa Quintanilha in visualization.
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Super cool way of making DJ performances even more entertaining.
Here are some videos: http://www.v-scratch.net/videos.htm