Layar app - What do you all think this portends for IxD?

8 Jul 2009 - 7:01am
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fritzism
2009

Hey all -

Saw a very brief demo of a *reality* browser on TV last week via Brink on the Science Channel (which btw also had an excellent demo by Bill Buxton & the MS Office Labs 2019 vision--posted elsewhere on this forum).

Basically it seems to be mobile browser (served as an app) which in real time mashes-up digital content (information) and physical context---it's called Layar and seems to be live in the Netherlands.

Very, very cool stuff was curious to know if there were any thoughts or if anyone has had first hand experience with something like this. It's just got my creative, IxD juices flowing with the possibilities.

Video demo of Layar here: http://snurl.com/lncqj

Comments welcome, I learn so much for the feedback on this forum. - Thx, Fritz

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8 Jul 2009 - 4:08pm
jet
2008

Fritz Desir wrote:
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> Video demo of Layar here: http://snurl.com/lncqj

Setting aside ixd for a moment, it appears to run on Android, which
means it isn't going to be limited to keitai. Something like that on
a netbook would be pretty amazing for someone like a real estate agent,
assuming one could make it actually usable for a potentially non-techie
audience.

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8 Jul 2009 - 5:47pm
fritzism
2009

True that would be pretty interesting.

>From what I can see though tying devices to help add meaning to the
physical world is where (smart) mobile pretty much has to be
headed--as in location aware apps now coming to market for the
iPhone. Not to mention something as simple as Google Maps which
functions similarly on most smart phones. This is just an additional
layer (or Layar) that we'll hopefully be able to consider when
designing applications for mobile (as in phones or to your point
ultra-portable mobile [netbook] computers). Can't wait. - Fritz

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8 Jul 2009 - 6:21pm
James Haliburton
2008

One element that is lacking from all work I've seen to date is the
social aspect.

Everything is highly functional and task based. As cool as it is to
have a cool niche app (e.g. for real estate), AR's biggest impact
could instead be about our daily lives - the facebook/twitter/iphone
app lives - which is full of networking, fashion, and fun.

TwittaRound uses a social network in its AR
(http://tinyurl.com/lxqytk), but seems more of a mashup done because
the developers could, rather than something designed with a real
vision.

At TAT we've been playing around with some Social AR concepts for a
little while. We have a concept coming out public this week. I'll
post a follow-up when its live.

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8 Jul 2009 - 7:59am
Anonymous

If they could make augmented reality browser contact lenses utilizing
nano technology integrated with social networking capabilities, then
you could hit on someone at the bar without getting slapped. :)

Seriously, it is all very exciting and Layer is the first working
model but I think there are a few companies that actually have some
running out there as well. I have seen some prototypes going with
wiki info "pop ups" and I know there are plans from other companies
to keep this tech running so the UI people better get to thinking and
fast. I know I am.

There is a video out there from a Japanesse company trying to promote
the use of this for the iPhone and personal interaction as in having
your camera view things in a store and user reviews would come up or
even be able to click on audio user reviews.

As long as people keep thinking outside the box, anything is
possible.

Brian Durkin

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9 Jul 2009 - 1:42am
martinpolley
2007

There are a few other nice examples in this space that are worth checking
out:

Wikitude <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EA8xlicmT8> (for Android) is an AR
app that shows you Wikipedia entries close to you.
IBM Seer <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VZoDmqcZ34> (for Android) is a
Wimbledon-specific AR app (based on Wikitude) that shows you where to find
toilets, refreshments, transport, etc.
Nearest Tube<http://johnnyholland.tv/post/135735859/augmented-reality-nearest-tube-iphone-app>(for
iPhone) shows you where the nearest London Underground ("Tube")
station
is (both as a map and a camera overlay).

Cheers,

Martin Polley
Technical writer, interaction designer
+972 52 3864280
Twitter: martinpolley
<http://capcloud.com/>

10 Jul 2009 - 3:52am
James Haliburton
2008

As promised, TAT's Augmented ID concept...

http://tat.se/site/showroom/latest_design.html

And yes, we are thinking about the privacy issues :)

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14 Jul 2009 - 4:22pm
fritzism
2009

Thanks James for the links!

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14 Jul 2009 - 4:23pm
fritzism
2009

and Martin!

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