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I’ve been a fan of the potential of augmented reality for some time, but the limitation of having to print out and use those funky registration images has always been there. A lot of people are working on solving/helping this problem. One of the groups that has come up with a novel approach is Mobilizy a small team based in Austria.
Mobilizy have developed one of the hottest applications available for the new Android G-1 Phone, called Wikitude. You see instead of using registration images for pattern recognition and image substitution, they use the GPS, Digital Compass and camera on the G-1 to deliver one of the first really practical augmented reality applications, excellent for travel and tourism.
In what mobilizy has dubbed “CamView” mode, users may hold the phone’s camera against a spectacular mountain range and see the names and heights displayed as overlay mapped with the mountains in the camera. Users may look out of an airplane window to see what is down there. Users may walk through a city like Seville, Spain, holding the phone’s camera against a building and Wikitude tells what it is.
Check out the demo video below for more detail/clearification.
Posted on 15:50, November 30th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Since I’ve had the Flu for the past couple of days (yeah great way to end a great trip), I’ve been at home and had a ton of time to get these pics cooked up . These shots were taken during my recent trip to San Diego, CA — to attend CSCW2008 — and Austin, TX — to attend SC2008.
They start off in San Diego with a very cold day trip to Julian, CA. Supposedly the best apple pies are to be had here, but since it was bloody freezing, we skipped all that. Nevertheless a nice little town in the middle of the mountains @ 7000 ft…..what more do you want.
We then drove down to Del Mar, CA for a couple of brews and checked out the surf. CSCW reception was the next night. It was held at Sea World (in San Diego), but we only got to see the penguins since it was dark.
After CSCW was over we flew to Austin, TX and started the Super Computing part of the journey. We visited the Texas state capitol. Then spent the rest of the day exploring the famous 6th street stretch.
Next day took us down south towards San Antonio. We first hit Gruene, TX which is this nice little town that’s been preserved. Checked out the Gruene Hall which is legendary in the country music world.
We ended the day by visiting Natural Bridge Caverns near New Braunfels, TX and the nearby Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. We then drove back to Lockhart, TX for a hearty texan BBQ at Kreuz Market. Your belly will love you after a visit to this place…..Yummm.
We drove down to San Antonio the next day and spent the day exploring. Definitely THE place to visit if you’re in Texas. Leave about 3-4 hours for the Alamo, lots of history, hence a lot of reading and presentations.
The rest of the week was spent at super computing 2008. We concluded our trip by visiting Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park near Johnson, TX and Dealey Plaza in Dallas (site of JFK assassination). On the way back from Dallas we stopped by Salt Lick to have the definitive Texan style BBQ.
The Complete Flickr Photo Set as usual can be found here .
Posted on 12:47, November 27th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Finally. Now all of us macheads can have a (very) tiny bittorrent client too. Yes, I’m talking about the public beta of µTorrent (uTorrent) which was just opened today. Head over here and grab your copy. Sadly it’s 10.5 Intel only….
Posted on 14:00, November 11th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
If you like Quartz Composer and are into VJ/Visual software, CoGe might just be for you. It’s got clip triggering, effects, mixing and playback modules. Check out the CoGe forums for more info…..For now here is a “Intro to CoGe 0.85b” and “What’s New in 0.93b release” videos:
Posted on 13:35, November 11th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
I was lucky enough to get a alpha Boxee account and I have to say…..It’s slick. If you haven’t tried it, head over to boxee.tv and sign up for a invite (Mac OS and Linux only for now). If you already have an account you might be interested in this tutorial video that shows you how to install boxee on your Apple TV box.
Before you leave please make sure that when you create the patchstick there are no external drives connected.
Posted on 12:46, November 11th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
I came across sharepod the other day while looking for a Ipod offload tool for OSX. My Ipod was full with music I wanted to keep, but I was leaving on a long trip so I wanted to have some movies and tv-shows with me aswell. To make a long story short, as much as like to stick to OSX when it comes to daily computing, after using sharepod I’m wishing for a similar app for OSX :-). Sharepod is a free application that runs under windows and lets you do just about anything with your ipod content. Here is a quick feature list:
So if you need a do-it-all tool for your ipod, you should check out Sharepod.
Let me first state that this has been tried in my environment and it works. It might NOT work for you. Try it first and make sure your backups are clean and good. I have a OSX server (10.5.5 as of this writing) that needed to be backed up and am using a QNAP TS-409 PRO as my backup location. The QNAS has a AFP/SMB share called “Backup” where I keep all my backups. The server is configured with 2x80GB drives in raid-1 mode (mirror). Here is how I did it (again your milage may vary):
1) First we need to find out the MAC address of your server. I’m using one of the two ethernet ports on the server (en0) so I just open up a terminal window and type ifconfig en0 to get the MAC address. You’ll see something like this:
2) Mount the AFP share on to your server. Mine is called Backup.
3) In a terminal window change your current directory to the AFP share (eg: Backup) and create a empty file called .MACaddressnumber, where MACaddressnumber is the number we jotted down under 1).
4) Next we need to create a reasonably sized Sparsebundle file. This is where the actual backup gets done. The Sparsebundle doesn’t take a lot of space initially and grows as more files need to be backed up. For example I created a 80GB Sparsebundle file that was only 8MB large in reality, but grew to 20GB when I did the first backup. We need to create the Sparsebundle file on the local OSX machine (eg: OSX server in my case). Again this is important, Create the sparsebundle on a local OSX machine NOT the network share. So open up a terminal and type the following to create the initial file:
Make sure you get the filename proper or else nothing will work. Now transfer the sparsebundle file to your AFP share (eg: Backup in my case).
5) On the server issue the following command to enable Time Machine for Networked drives:
7) Open up the Time Machine Preference panel and select the AFP share as your disk. Enjoy and please remember YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BACKUP INTEGRITY, SO CHECK YOUR BACKUPS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE GOOD.