The challenge: how can we simply show the benefits of GeoPose?
For AR to benefit all, and to safely evolve into a platform as powerful as radio, television and the internet, we need to simply illustrate the situation.
If organizations like Microsoft, Amazon, ATT, government agencies, NTT, Apple, traffic and safety supervisors (including AV) etc. eachcreate individual AR platforms that do not access others: there is a problem.
This candle idea hopefully represents the idea that all companies can create their own AR opportunities, but for them to achieve maximum brilliance, a GeoPose standard is needed.
Feedback greatly appreciated. I will redo this video as soon as I can access the studio.
Check these links!
Standards Working Group of the OPen Geospatial Consortium
Lately, musicians are going on the web to entertain, to give hope and, understandably, to make some money.
With Tenten, I am doing something like that. I would be surprised if I sell any books or music. This is mostly about connecting with old friends and making new ones. My hope is that I can provide twenty minutes of positive thoughts and energy every day.
I will be prepared before every program, and will not waste anyone's time. Stories for programs are always welcome. Planned topics include art, Asia, augmented reality, writing, photography and video.
If this goes well, I would think about how to upgrade the show technically. This would allow me to show photos, videos, links and do interviews. For now, videos and images will be supported by links on this blog.
In this, the first broadcast, I mentioned the following:
Bubiko Foodtour on Instagram. Search for Bubiko on this blog to find out more about her, including her guide to Augmented Reality.
3how was a dynamic improvisational music performance project in Singapore, co-founded by myself and Amith Narayan, whose projects include The Unseen Guest and The Silent State. 3how's CD is here. A blog post+video about 3how is here.
AR technology adds digital information to reality. This digital information can be seen by using a phone, tablet or AR headgear. The Hololens headset, by Microsoft, is used in industrial, medical, educational and military uses.
Here is an example of AR, from an American football game:
I have been concerned with health for as long as I can remember. In 2000 I wrote a book about a medicinal mushroom. My partner and I worked on a permaculture farm in Bali a few years ago. My diet is far from ideal, and I should exercise more, and work harder to be a vegetarian. Overall, though, my health is pretty good.
So... I am also very involved with AR... And, I wanted to test an idea, using a lighthearted approach to talk about the Corona situation. At breakfast I mentioned a few ideas to my mom, and an hour later, we had the result above.
Yes, it could be edited. The sound drops out. The camerawork is amateurish. The truth is that I didn't realize I was recording.
But there is a charm to the video, and a few concepts that I do not want to analyze too much.
The software is called FaceReplaced, and it is in beta. One result of this was that, at first, it appeared upside down when we put it on Facebook... Somehow, even that seemed appropriate for these times...
Thanks to Catchar, I discovered the FaceReplaced app. I installed and in less than 5 minutes had a very interesting little video. The following gives you an idea of what FaceReplaced can do but, yes...I hope you are viewing this on a mobile phone, as it seems to be upside down. This is a normal little hiccup for an app in beta. THIS BUG HAS BEEN FIXED.
FaceReplaced works exceptionally well, with no installation friction, and almost no learning curve.
I am now thinking of a way to get Bubiko in FaceReplaced, so that she can read sections from her book about AR. The challenge is that Face Replaced works best with real 3D objects, and at the moment, I only have Bubiko in 2D (paper) or as a digital adventurer in 2D videos and photos.
How will GeoPose deal with two objects on the other side of the world? - each and every real person, place and thing can have a GeoPose at any moment in time. For digital objects or models, a GeoPose can be specified for one point (an anchor) - two or more objects can calculate properties between themselves (e.g., distance, orientation) based on their GeoPose.
If this information does not match the question you had in mind, let me know. The point to keep in mind is that GeoPose are unique, so the locations and number of objects in your question would determine the number of GeoPose.
Does the theory of relativity have an effect (like it has with GPS)? - Great question. It seem so, and this point will be further analyzed.
Does it account for things that are supposed to be still, changing. like with an earthquake for example or shifting continents ? - we have not yet decided if there will be one universal coordinate reference system (unlikely) and how we will deal with ones that are not well defined or per. - you might want to study this wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECEF
Who decides where point 0,0,0 is (above)?
What happens when companies or countries reject the standard because they want to use their own which they think is better or provide political benefit or commercial?
- there will not be interoperability and the services will be confined to “walled gardens” just like mobile phones were in the earlier generations.
So there you have it. If you are serious about the future of AR, do join the OARC and follow their work on developing GeoPose. AND...check out the Open Geospatial Consortium!
Hello. Stephen Black here. This is my personal, self-initiated, self-funded and unofficial project to create accurate and simplified definitions about GeoPose. I am doing this because:
I do (worldwide) presentations about AR, and need to be able to explain GeoPose clearly, and with technical accuracy. Short definitions increase comprehension, work well on Powerpoint, and save speaking time for other topics.
GeoPose and AR are topics for journalists, bloggers and reporters, not all of whom have technical backgrounds. Clear and simple definitions allow for the maximum flow of accurate information.
Although my ultimate goal is to create AR experiences/produce AR apps, I am now an AR educator/evangelist: speaking mainly to general audiences. It is clear that AR is not easily understood. GeoPost will be easy to use, but, for now, the concept will likely be intimidating to many people.
English is not always the first language within the tech community.
I'm a writer: I like using the fewest words to create most results.
So... all comments are welcome, and needed. By the time I give my presentation at ARIA/The MIT Media Lab, I hope to present the following ideas with the input and approval of those who are far more knowledgeable than I am.
Of course , once the following are clear, I hope the information can be shared by anyone, anywhere. I will also include the information in my ebook guide to AR project, which is updated as often as possible.
Thank you for your time and attention to this.
Please comment upon the italicized sentence. Thank you.
stephen black will be giving presentations in Toledo OH, MIT and elsewhere. Details here.
A TEAM OF HACKERS, MINUTES AFTER A MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE. Their mission: study car navigation usage to identify surviving roads, and the traffic upon them. Location: Tokyo, immediately after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. The team: members from Toyota, Honda and Nissan; the first time in history the car manufacturers worked together.
This was one of the pieces of information shared by an attendee of my presentation about Autonomous Vehicles and AR. The point of the Japanese automaker story was to illustrate the powerful advantages of interoperable standards. For AR to reach its full potential, AR service providers like Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and others must agree upon standards that are interoperable and respectful of privacy. In other words, a GeoPose standard must be established.
GeoPose is a term given to a 6DoF geospatial reference or link of an object (physical or digital) to the real world. It can be used to anything from visual positioning systems for AR to self driving cars or flying drones. As URL are vital to the internet, GeoPose will be to AR and real-world spatial computing.
GeoPose is a part of a larger vision for an Open Spatial Computing Platform (OSCP) inspired by the web, but for the era of real-world spatial computing.
At the bottom of this post is an update from Jan-Erik Vinje, regarding the recent activities of the OGC GeoPose Standards Working Group.
Imagine an eight story industrial building which houses 20 large workshops, six of which belong to one company and two workshops are shared by all. Question: will each company have an independent AR guidance system? Will visitors have to switch AR apps when going from one workshop to another? Will inventory suppliers have to download apps for the building and for each workshop? Will repair and maintenance crews have access to one AR system that shows wiring, water, conduits, etc? In emergencies, will fire fighters, police and first responders be able to use one system that indicates where all occupants are, where all combustibles are, where the fire escapes are?
There are countless reasons why GeoPose should be standardized, but emergency responses, medical and traffic regulation are the most obvious. On my website are three posts regarding GeoPose, my ”favorite” being one on the difference between GeopPose and GPS. I am very appreciative of the time and thoughtful explanations of the Open Augmented Reality Cloud team, especially Jan-Erik Vinje, OARC’s managing director.
OARC is a volunteer-run dynamic group who are now working on how to create GeoPose standards that are open to all. If you are serious about AR, please consider joining OARC.
The talk popped from topic to topic, driven by audience questions and observations, with videos providing starting points.
There was one thing I forgot to mention in the presentation: Bubiko Foodtour’s Unusual Guide to Augmented Reality. ARPost wrote this about it:
There’s a great ebook out there that’ll introduce you to all the jargon you need. Whether you want to understand an article better, contribute more to a conversation, or start developing with AR technology, this is a good place to start.
The guide will be updated periodically. I have started the second edition, and after the MIT symposium I will update it again. Those who have the first edition will get a free version of the second, as well as all future updates.
Thanks to all those who have bought the first edition (please leave a review :). I am self-funded, have no sponsors and, so far, only one paid speaking engagement. Your purchase really helps.
The kick-off meeting had participants from across the geospatial industry, government, academia, NGO’s and large corporations like Google. It is important to note that the GeoPose standard, although an initiative from Open AR Cloud, is not being primarily going to be developed inside of Open AR Cloud, but rather in a leading standards body of the geospatial sector.
From my TV and gamemaking days, I have some familiarity with compositing. Although it is almost certain that I will never become a compositor, I sat in on Hugo's seminar. I think I retained about .001% of the technical information that Hugo shared, but observing his workflow and troubleshooting tips was inspiring.
Conrad and Alexa presented like the professionals that they are. They completed each other's sentences. They kept the topics moving. Perhaps they rehearsed and planned for a long time, or maybe they just improvised so informatively because they knew their subject so well. They showed clips and explained the stories behind them. If there is an Addams Family Hall of Fame, Conrad and Alexa should be in it.
Animated movies have their own unique characteristics, but they also act as "containers" for other art forms, music being the most obvious example, drawing being another. However, successful animated characters are the result of combining drawing, sculpture, programming and... dreaming. Animated characters are often realistic, but they can ignore the laws of physics. Dreams and animation need no logic.
Having said that, the more a VFX operator/CG artist/animator studies reality, the better. Noticing the almost imperceptible muscles movements of the human body results in all kinds of possibilities, especially when one must make a character react to something unexpected. The following clip was shown by Theodore Tye, as part of his excellent presentation entitled Beyond Eye Darts: A Closer Look at Acting for Animation:
This masterclass, through the analysis of clips from animated and live- action films as well as acting theory, takes a fun, in-depth look at the study and execution of both comedy and dramatic acting for animation.
Following is one of the clips shown to exemplify a reaction worth studying.
I have just settled down after travelling for over two months. I am still processing all that I learned and experienced at VIEW and an other post is on its way.