Non-Visual Location-Based Augmented Reality with GPS and SMS

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Text messages have virtually eliminated the need for voicemail, and are a faster way to convey a message than a phone call. In the same way, GPS-based augmented reality could eliminate the need for …

Text messages have virtually eliminated the need for voicemail, and are a faster way to convey a message than a phone call. In the same way, GPS-based augmented reality could eliminate the need for text messages.

This presentation will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of visual and non-visual augmented reality. We’ll cover alternate types of augmented reality techniques and how they have been saving us time in the past few months. We’ll demonstrate how we’ve been merging available technologies with custom programming to create location-aware social networks with custom proximity notification. Finally, we’ll describe other uses for location sharing, such as automatically turning off house lights when leaving for work, and wayfinding with piezoelectric buzzers. Privacy and data transparency will also be discussed.

Aaron will also present data visualizations, animations, and a glimpse of the raw data of his two years of to-the-second GPS logs which provide the basis of the location-based augmented reality system. You can see a preview of some of the images here:

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  • 1. NON-VISUAL AUGMENTED REALITY With SMS and GPS Aaron Parecki @aaronpk Amber Case @caseorganic Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 2. YOU SCHEDULE A MEETING For 3:00pm. You think it’s a precise time and expect the meeting to occur at that time. Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 3. UNCERTAINTY ENSUES But really you get a 2:45 to 3:30 window of uncertainty. They could show up at any time within this window! Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 4. WHEN WILL THEY SHOW UP? There is no real way to know. FRUSTRATING!!! Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 5. CO-LOCATION NEGOTIATON “On my way!” (What does that mean??) “Almost there” “Stuck in traffic, will be 15 minute late” “Running late. 5 more minutes” “Here! Where are you?” Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 6. TEXTING WHILE BIKING It’s really hard. Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 7. These redundant messages can be eliminated if you know where I am Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 8. REAL-TIME GPS MAP Half hour before the appointment, you get an SMS from me with a link to my real-time map . Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 9. HOW DOES IT WORK? GPS-enabled phone sends data to the server at regular intervals Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 10. ~3 MILLION GPS POINTS Oct 2009 - April 2010 Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 11. What if two people have GPS-enabled phones? Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 12. THE INTERFACE DISAPPEARS THis is the future! the invisible interface!! Actions are reduced Queries are eliminated Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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  • 15. a successful interface makes itself invisible Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 16. like electricity in your house! Now you can just flip a switch! no thinking You don’t have to worry about where the energy comes from Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 17. Flickr: Marcus Q It’s a push-button technology! But what if you didn’t have to push the button...? Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 18. AUTOMATIC CHECKINS Based on a list of predefined areas. When you enter one of the areas, you are checked in. Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 19. - When you check in to your house, your lights turn on. - When you leave the house, your lights turn off. Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 20. Your phone becomes a remote control for reality. Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 21. leave a note at the store leave a note when you get off an airplane with an address and transit directions at each point of the trip. communication with your future self. OTHER USES FOR REAL-TIME DATA Try it! // Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 22. CONTEXTUAL NOTES Send messages to your future self! Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 23. DEVELOPING THE STANDARD For cross-platform location sharing. Tuesday, May 18, 2010
  • 24. INTERESTED? Want to help? Want to track yourself? • @caseorganic • @aaronpk Help us build the OS4 iPhone app! Tuesday, May 18, 2010