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 for 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 which 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.
Hyperreality short film by Keiichi Matsuda
I hope that Dan, who shared the story about the automakers' response to the earthquake, posts the link. (Dan sent it! https://www.iitk.ac.in/nicee/wcee/article/WCEE2012_5300.pdf)
I enjoyed the presentation very much. Thanks to Altimetrik and all who attended.
Next stop Toledo, then MIT.
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.
re: the OGC GeoPose Standards Working Group, from Jan-Erik Vinje.
The working Group had its kick-off meeting on the 24th of January, 2020 when Christine Perey (Open AR Cloud), Jeremy Morley (British Ordnance Survey) and myself (Open AR Cloud) were elected as co-chairs. https://www.opengeospatial.org/pressroom/pressreleases/3132
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.