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Preparing for UIST 2014 … decade-old technology rises from the dead!

Preparing for UIST 2014 … decade-old technology rises from the dead!

September 23, 2014 at 9:43 pm / AEL, demos, Research / 0 comments

In a few weeks, my colleague Maribeth Gandy and I will be presenting a paper at UIST 2014 (ACM’s User Interface Software and Technology conference), reflecting back on what we learned from our DART system (The Designer’s Augmented Reality Toolkit, the first paper on DART was published at UIST 2004!). […]

 
Apple Claims the High Ground on Privacy

Apple Claims the High Ground on Privacy

September 18, 2014 at 9:14 am / commercial, privacy / 0 comments

Yesterday, I blogged about an interview with Tim Cook where he made some great claims about Apple’s stance on privacy.  More keeps coming.  They are pushing everyone to two-factor authentication on iCloud, for example. Now, Apple posted a web page talking about how privacy is built into iOS and their services, which is […]

 
You are not an iProduct

You are not an iProduct

September 16, 2014 at 2:57 pm / commercial, privacy / 1 comment

I’ve been thinking lately about privacy and the relationship to the business strategies of various companies, and have become fond of saying that there are two companies:  ones that sell products and ones for whom you are the product.  Google and Facebook are the canonical examples of the later half (Google does sell […]

 

We Need New Business Models in IoD

September 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm / commercial, IoD / 8 comments

Today, I gave a talk at the Ubiquitous Computing conference’s Workshop on Usable Privacy & Security for wearable and domestic ubIquitous DEvices (UPSIDE), modestly titled “Augmented Reality + Internet of Devices + Big Data: The End of Privacy?” I’ll post something else about this talk soon, but one of the goals […]

 
HomeKit, Google, Facebook, Privacy and the Internet of Things

HomeKit, Google, Facebook, Privacy and the Internet of Things

June 20, 2014 at 10:43 am / musings, privacy / 0 comments

While there is much that can be said about privacy, security, policy and the Internet of Things (in fact, I’m going to be co-teaching a graduate class at Georgia Tech on this very topic next spring), here I want to focus on one thing:  the invasion of your home and my hope […]

 

Interesting Video: Free is a Lie

May 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm / privacy / 0 comments

Lance Weatherby posted a link to this video on his blog, and I agree with him that it’s interesting and worth watching. While the presenter (Aral Balkan) is a bit over the top in his analysis of Google (e.g., I really don’t think Project Tango is a grand conspiracy by […]

 

Aside: Reforming Money in Politics

May 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm / personal / 0 comments

[For those who don't agree with campaign, please forgive me posting this in my blog;  I prefer to focus here on technology and design issues.  However, I believe strongly in this issue and want to help spread the word!] May 1, 2014:  Today, Lawrence Lessig has launched his Mayday.us campaign against corruption […]

 
Talk at AWE-NY on “AR Development using Web Technologies”

Talk at AWE-NY on “AR Development using Web Technologies”

April 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm / argon, conferences, education / 0 comments

On March 25th, I gave a short talk at AWE-NY covering some thoughts on developing AR applications using web technologies.  I am particularly interested in developing AR for web browsers, not using web technologies as the development environment for building custom applications.  Of course, I focused on our work on the […]

 
Oculus + Facebook = social virtual, or a stepping stone?

Oculus + Facebook = social virtual, or a stepping stone?

April 28, 2014 at 7:58 pm / AEL, commercial, musings / 0 comments

I’ve made no secret that I’m not optimistic about the prospect for VR’s success as a consumer product, this time ’round, any more than I thought it was going to work for consumers last time ’round (i.e., the 80’s and 90’s, when I first played with it).  So, while I […]

 
Cute idea, but getting ‘See-Through’ hood to ‘work’ is the hard part

Cute idea, but getting ‘See-Through’ hood to ‘work’ is the hard part

April 10, 2014 at 7:17 am / commercial, demos / 0 comments

I saw a nice concept over on Mashable in this article, Land Rover’s ‘See-Through’ Hood Shows the Road Under Your Wheels.  Here’s the video (which is the key part): As with most of these concept mock-ups (yes, this is a mockup), the slickness of the video hides some serious technical challenges. […]