ENTER 2013 Conference recap

As I mentioned earlier, we were invited to gave a little presentation of our experience in AR on the ENTER 2013 conference, celebrated on the beautiful city of Innsbruck, Austria.

For those of you unaware of it, the ENTER conference is focused on IT on tourism, hence all presentations and keynotes are given with that optic in mind. There were many big players on the stage like Google, Facebook, Melia, etc. As well as ton of researchers showing their findings. The amount of knowledge shared was intense and the people that we have the opportunity to met, was simply incredible! While […] Read more

Enter 2013

We have been invited to give a little talk on the Enter 2013 conference, which will take place on Innsbruck, Austria. We’ll be talking about our experience with our platform (Cities Icons). Of course, we’ll summarize the experience later for you, our wonderful readers 🙂

In case you are not aware of this beautiful Austrian city (as we were not), below a nice timelapse video of them.


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Translating machines -> apps

Ever since computers where invented, a translation machine has been the dream of many, after all voice is the main way to communicate between humans, humans have created languages. Even if we humans can achieve to speak several ones, its really hard to speak them all for nothing else than practical reasons. However, most of mankind speaks only one language, the one that’s attached to where they live or interact.

Computers have been growing in calculus power since they were invented, which is why they seem fit to be the perfect machines for translating, but even with all this progress, a […] Read more

20 years of SMS

On December 3rd 1992 Neil Papworth sent the first SMS. Many of us have read and heard the history, so I’m not going to reap it here. SMS did indeed changed the world! What has been overlooked by many tech sites is that there’s an interview to Papworth about this event. The interview was made on Montreal’s Metro. Why there? We don’t know! 😛 We do know Papworth currently lives in Montreal though. Anyway, without further ado, the interview.

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Ingress: Google’s AR data mining

In case you’re not aware of it, there’s a new game in town called Ingress, brought to you by Google. Playing is under invitation only, so like many people I haven’t had a chance to play with it. All I know about it, is what I’ve read on the web.

The game has become quite popular in the AR world, because this new medium (AR) is being -again- sponsored by no less than Google itself, on top of their Google Glass project. In typical Google style the invitation model creates scarcity and buzz, hence magnifying the need and popularity to play […] Read more

To geocache or not to geocache, that is the question

Geocaching (no, not the hunting game) has always been tricky, meaning it doesn’t come with its disadvantages, like everything. But let’s start by the beginning.

What’s geocaching (on the mobile device world)?

Well the word says it all, is putting/saving onto local storage (whatever the device) geographical related information. For example, the location (coordinates) of a monument, a restaurant, hotel, etc. That’s mainly it. Since today mobile devices can do more than that, by way of geocaching, the devices can also store phone numbers, images, web site addresses of those locations, enhancing even more the user experience.

So far so good

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Indoor geolocation current limitations

When you show someone geolocated AR (augmented reality), generally the first natural practical application they suggest is to use it indoors, in order to enhanced the visit to a mall or airport. This sounds great but currently its not possible, at least not that easily. Let me explain…

The basics

Let’s expand on a subject that might be obvious to some of us on this field, but its not to most people. In order for any geolocated app to work, it needs to know its location. On a mobile device, the proper way to know this is by way of GPS. However […] Read more

MIGS 2012, the future unknown

Several years ago the province of Quebec Canada made a big bet: Give tax credits to game companies in order for them to establish on this side of the Atlantic. Today such a plan sounds obvious, but before the game companies were seen as a game (nothing serious). The bet paid off and now the game is an industry. In Canada out of the 16 thousands job it generates, 8 thousands of them are located in Quebec. Hence the annual celebration of MIGS: Montreal International Game Summit.

This year we were fortunate enough to assist to the event, we’ll share the […] Read more

AR Magic

One of Arthur C. Clarke laws was:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Currently mobile AR fits within that definition. Imagine then, when a magician turns to AR to do his tricks. Things becomes even weirder! Well, that’s the case of Marco Tempest, I can say a lot, but lets let the video tell the whole thing.

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AR SDKs, commercial evolution and, succes?

Child wearing night goggles

Every time a human endeavour is started, a natural behaviour is to try to figure it out what to do with it or how to do it. In the case of augmented reality (AR), this can be witnesses with the current state of SDKs for AR, at least there are 20, all of them good.

In case you’re wondering, SDK (software development kit) are the tools some institution, person or company provide to develop -generally- software for something. So in AR case, many of them are offering SDK in hope many developers use them to generate AR. […] Read more