Is Augmented Reality Garbage or Golden?

first_imgWe’ve been writing a lot here about Augmented Reality (AR), technology that displays layers of data on top of our view of physical reality through mobile phone cameras, projected images and webcams. It seems like a red-hot field and something we should cover all the more. Some people think that’s not the case though; they say it’s just hype, a technology looking for applications or a recipe for disappointment.Below we offer you a chance to let us know what you think. Please take our poll and let us know if you think these services being heralded as Augmented Reality are the real deal or something not worth reading about. Just below the poll we offer some links to a few of our most important articles about AR and some opposing viewpoints from readers. Let us know what you think! marshall kirkpatrick 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Key posts from our past coverage include:Augmented Reality: A Human Interface for Ambient Intelligence (A good introduction)Augmented Reality: Five Barriers to a Web That’s EverywherePrepare Yourself: Augmented Reality Hype is on the RiseFirst iPhone Augmented Reality App Appears Live in App StoreHyperlinking the Real WorldTwo Opposing ViewsReaders have been debating the value of AR in comments on our past coverage. Here are two good ways of articulating opposing views on the subject:Former HP Labs team member turned tech consultant Gene Becker is optimistic.“In the same way that the web browser on a computer screen is a window into cyberspace, an augmented reality viewer is a window that looks out on the blended physical/digital landscape, the geoweb, the city as platform.We’re just at the beginning of a fifty year adventure where we will infuse the physical world with connected digital experience. AR browsers like Layar and Wikitude are like Gopher was in 1991 — early, geeky, not a lot of content, not a great experience…but watch what happens next.”An anonymous commenter left these critical thoughts:“I must thank MK for the app list. It confirms to me there are no useful AR apps right now, and also that the feasible apps are very limited, because they all seem kind of similar to one another.It’s just so much easier for me to use an ordinary browser map application and see all the locations of interest for any conceivable query than to mess around with a phone’s camera.AR seems kind of like voice recognition to me, in a way.Recall that some years ago there was a massive hype storm about how much better voice input would be than typing. But despite the general availability of a fairly decent program (Dragon), most people still use keyboards because keyboards just have more utility and usability combined. That’s how I feel about these crappy AR apps until there are some serious breakthroughs in both hardware and software.I mean, you really need a lightweight high-res infinite-battery HMD with meter-accuracy location for it to make much sense to me — snapping photos through a cellphone and looking at crappy low-res decorations on the result seems very weak to me, especially given the error scale of GPS. But no such HMD exists. Alternatively (as in Vinge’s novel) you need something like a long-range RFID on every object or location of interest, and that isn’t going to happen any time soon either.Like voice recognition, there may be some special purpose AR apps in the short term that are useful and effective for narrow uses. I’m sure Dragon is great for many disabled people, and for the few people who are really skilled at dictation, so perhaps the same kind of niches can be found for low-tech AR.But I don’t think it will be broadly useful in the near-term, so it seems to me to be an unworthy thing to spend so much time and effort hyping right now.”What do you think? Let us know by voting in the poll above and in the comments below. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Analysis#Augmented Reality#Features#web last_img read more

On Being a Craftsman

first_imgThere’s meaning in the craftsman’s work.The craftsman takes more time to do his work. He isn’t concerned with how fast he can get his work done. He moves slowly; he’s precise. The craftsman is concerned about how well he can do his work.The craftsman pours his genius into his work. And he enjoys his labor.Because he finds meaning in what he’s doing, it’s too important to cut corners. That wouldn’t serve the craftsman because it wouldn’t generate the outcome he seeks: excellence.The craftsman cares more than anyone else. He tries harder. He goes to great lengths and great pains to create something wonderful, something better than expected, something that defines its category.He loves his craft. He loves his work.The craftsman proudly attaches his name to his work. He knows his work will live on long after he’s gone. And because it’s exceptional, his name will live on as well. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

3rd ODI: Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella centuries help Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets

first_imgOpeners Danushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella scored their maiden international centuries to help Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets in the third one-dayer for a 2-1 lead in the five-match series on Thursday.Zimbabwe, made to bat first, scored a formidable 310/8 in 50 overs.But Gunathilaka and Dickwella made light of the chase with a 229-run opening partnership to enable Sri Lanka to win with 16 deliveries to spare.Gunathilaka scored 116 off 111 deliveries including 15 boundaries and a six.Dickwella made 102 off 116 balls including 14 boundaries.After they were dismissed in consecutive overs, Sri Lanka was steered home by Upul Tharanga, who was unbeaten on 44, and Kusal Mendis, who was 28 not out.Earlier, opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza hit 111 in Zimbabwe’s challenging score.Masakadza lost his partner Solomon Mire on 13 ay 39/1. But he shared 127 runs for the second wicket with Tarisai Musakanda, who made 48.Masakadza made 111 from 98 balls, hitting 15 boundaries and a six in his fifth ODI century.Sean Williams (43), Sikandar Raza (25 not out), and Peter Moor (24) made handy contributions down the order.Wanindu Hasaranga and Asela Gunaratne picked up two wickets each for Sri Lanka, which was fined for a slow over rate. Match referee Chris Broad from England ruled Sri Lanka was one over short at the end of the allotted time.Captain Angelo Mathews was fined 20 percent of his match fee and each of his teammates were fined 10 percent, the ICC said in a statement. Mathews faces suspension if the team repeats the offense in an ODI in the next 12 months, and he is captain.advertisementThe fourth match is on Saturday.last_img read more

SCREEN NOVA SCOTIA ANNOUNCES 2019 AWARD WINNERS

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Screen Nova Scotia hosted its fifth annual awards gala on Friday, May 3rd in front of a sold-out crowd at Casino Nova Scotia.The event celebrates the incredible talent, creativity, and passion that are the trademarks of Nova Scotia’s screen industry. Notable awards include the ACTRA Awards for Outstanding Performances, the Film Crew Excellence Award, the Digital Animators of Nova Scotia Award, the Women in Film & Television Atlantic Award, and the Community Recognition Award, along with Screen Nova Scotia Awards for best television, film, and animation.The gala was kicked off by actor/comedian Bette MacDonald, and presenters included producers, directors, crew members and actors, with musical accompaniment from the Bill Stevenson Trio. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The night’s finale was the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature Film, which went to the indie drama Splinters, from acclaimed director Thom Fitzgerald (produced by Emotion Pictures). The film — which explores interconnections of sexual identity and family, as a young woman reassesses her relationship with her mother following the death of her father — also garnered top prizes for its actors. Shelley Thompson was awarded the ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Female Role, and Bailey Maughan won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Male Role.The final season of CBC’s Mr. D was crowned the winner of the Best Television Series Award. Produced by Topsail Entertainment, Mr. D filmed for eight seasons in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Production on the series generated $126.5 million in economic activity and created over 1,400 jobs. Read more HEREabout the economic impact of the series.“The Screen Nova Scotia Awards Gala has established itself as the elusive moment that the industry takes a break to celebrate how deeply imaginative and capable our community of film and television makers are,” said Laura Mackenzie, Executive Director, Screen Nova Scotia. “I hope that tonight’s award nominees and winners felt the genuine elation from the room, and I certainly couldn’t be more proud or grateful for the talent that will allow this show to go on for many more years to come.”Kathryn MacLellan took home the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Female Role for her role in the Nova Scotia/Newfoundland co-production Hopeless Romantic, while Jordan Poole won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Male Role for his role as Luke, Toni Collette’s son, in the movie Birthmarked.Peep Media’s Bernie Langille Wants to Know Who Killed Bernie Langille won the Best Short Film Award, with the film’s director Jackie Torrens also taking home the Best Director Award from Women in Film & Television – Atlantic. The Best Documentary Film Award went to The Social Shift, from Mirror Image Media and Common Good Solutions.Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO, William F. White International Inc. received the inaugural Industry Champion Award in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the production services company setting up shop in Halifax, and their continued and unwavering support of the Nova Scotia screen industry.Digital animation was also spotlighted at the awards, with Teletoon’s Spaceman and Robotron sweeping both categories. The series is produced by Connections Productions and animated by Cartoon Conrad.Greens Master William Gerhardt (IATSE 849) won the 2019 Film Crew Excellence Award. Gerhardt was instrumental in transforming Yarmouth’s Cape Forchu into an island from the 1800s for Robert Eggers’ most recent feature film The Lighthouse — currently screening at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival —  and has worked on multiple productions including The Mist, The Curse of Oak Island, and the Book of Negroes. The Community Recognition Award was presented to long-time industry supporter Bea Renton, Chief Administrative Officer, the Town of Lunenburg, for her tireless efforts to consistently ensure that Lunenburg is a welcoming community for film & TV production.To view all the 2019 award nominees, click HERE.THE FULL LIST OF AWARD WINNERS:Screen Nova Scotia Awards:Best Feature Film: Splinters (Emotion Pictures)Best Television Series: Mr. D (Topsail Entertainment)Best Documentary Film: The Social Shift (Mirror Image Media)Best Short Film: Bernie Langille Wants To Know…Who Killed Bernie Langille (Peep Media)Best Animated Series: Spaceman and Robotron (Connections Productions)ACTRA Maritimes Awards:Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Female Role: Shelley Thompson (Splinters)Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Male Role: Bailey Maughan (Splinters)Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Female Role: Kathryn MacLellan (Hopeless Romantic)Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Male Role: Jordan Poole (Birthmarked)WIFT-AT Award for Best Director: Jackie Torrens (Bernie Langille Wants To Know…Who Killed Bernie Langille)Film Crew Excellence Award: William Gerhardt, Greens MasterCommunity Recognition Award: Bea Renton, Chief Administrative Officer, the Town of Lunenburg, Nova ScotiaDANS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Don Pinsent & Team, Spaceman and RobotronIndustry Champion Award: Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO, William F. White International Inc.Screen Nova Scotia would like to thank our generous partners and sponsors: their support helps us to produce a world-class event that celebrates Nova Scotia’s media creativity. Special thanks to the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Facebooklast_img read more

November 16 2009 It has been a busy few months an

first_imgNovember 16, 2009 It has been a busy few months and we have some great news! We purchased a green house kit from a company called Clear Span, a manufacturer of fabric structures and greenhouses out of Iowa. It arrived at Arcosanti on 11/02/09.[photo: Anna Tran & text: Nadia Begin] This 20′ wide x 48′ long greenhouse, more specifically called a “High Tunnel,” is an unheated, plastic-covered structure that provides an intermediate level of environmental protection and control compared to open field conditions and heated greenhouses.[photo: Anna Tran & text: Nadia Begin] We have been putting together a presentation of greenhouse systems research to educate ourselves, the crew and the Workshop participants.[photo: Anna Tran & text: Nadia Begin] We are excited to begin the process of growing food and experiencing the life of a greenhouse closer to the “center of town”. We plan to use this greenhouse as a prototype for heat collection as it will be connected to the existing and in construction portion of the Heat Duct Tunnel and we will use rainwater collected from the building above for watering the crops. As a prototype, this greenhouse will help us perfect the design for the energy apron.[photo: Anna & text: Nadia Begin]last_img read more

Rep Sheppard bill clarifying ownership of surplus workers comp insurance funds passes

first_img07May Rep. Sheppard bill clarifying ownership of surplus workers’ comp insurance funds passes House Legislation reflects original intent, provides guidance to courtsThe Michigan House today voted in support of a bill that ensures employers who pay into self-insured workers’ compensation funds are rightly entitled to any surplus dollars, as they are member-owned asset pools.“The Workers’ Compensation Agency already considers employers the just owners of any surplus funds, so this bill sensibly clarifies statute to reflect an equitable practice,” said bill sponsor Rep. Jason Sheppard.House Bill 4362 amends the Workers’ Disability Compensation Act of 1969 to clarify that employer members in a self-insured group possess ownership of proportional shares in the any surplus assets.“The goal of this bill is to clarify the original intent of the legislature,” Rep. Sheppard said. “These insurance funds are owned by group members and no one else, it’s that simple.”HB 4362 also requires groups to establish processes and procedures for the distribution of excess assets in case of surplus or dissolution as approved by the Workers’ Compensation Agency.The legislation will be considered further in the Senate. Categories: Sheppard Newslast_img read more

German consumer electronics and trade organsiation

first_imgGerman consumer electronics and trade organsiations have grouped together to produce a consumer guide to smart TV. Consumer electronics trade group the GFU, electrical trade organization ZVEI and technical retail trade body the BVT have grouped together under the German Smart TV initiative to produce a pocket guide to smart TV offering brand-neutral information and advice for consumers. The guide is available on the partners’ websites as a PDF document.last_img