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AR Toronto – AR Bootcamp thought provoking, spawns many puns. pt. 1

1 Mar

ARmani Suit

Minds were blown this Saturday at MEIC‘s AR Bootcamp.

Augmented reality ties in a lot of fields, from computer shape and motion recognition and tracking, to platform and interoperability issues, to ethics and privacy issues, and the attendees spanned the same range. Attendees ranged from complete n00bs like me to AR godfather and cyborg Steve Mann.

The above image is my immediate reaction to the assumption that AR markers are ugly. Like barcodes and QR codes, AR markers can have a certain tech chic about them. Imagine a suit that you could infinitely change, or use to display information.

I took a lot of notes from the event, mostly in the form of doodles and ideas. I’ll be synthesizing them in the next few posts. The following is a taste of what’s to come.

AR + Tattoos

AR + Porn

The success or failure of a new standard or medium is determined by its acceptance by the porn industry. With the mainstream adult entertainment industry struggling, adoption of AR could be a brand new way of attracting viewers again.

This would be a wearable marker. (it says PRAN which would be the chan/l337 version of pARn)

This would be how you use it.


SHIFT – A work in progress.

23 Dec

I’m working on a draft of an article for Shift, from the OCAD Student Press

This is going to be an epic deja vu for my thesis, and redemption. I finally get a chance to put together a cogent interpretation of all the research and thinking that went into my thesis project. The draft is below, and it’s still very early alpha stage.


Man’s principle gift, and the only thing that distinguishes it from
other animals, is his ability to tell stories. The first words created
the world. Ancient stories gave meaning to the stars.

The following is a work of fiction. Any similarity to any person, or to any actual events, or institutions is intentional and
anything but coincidential.

In 1937 the future of airships came crashing to the ground in a fiery, smoking ruin, amid the famous cries of “oh, the humanity!”.

Since the Hindeburgh crash in Lakehurst Naval Station, New Jersey, only the ghosts of these once important vehicles are seen: floating vestiges of the past above the Super Bowl, or largely ignored, hawking electronics above Queens and Manhattan. A few are still ferrying tourists on harbour tours and over vineyards for wine tastings, but they are largely seen as curiousities, if seen at all. In most of my conversations with people with airships, the first reaction is perplexity, then incredulity.

But everyone I have met agrees with me eventually, that airships are needed in this world again.

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Spying for good in Zimbabwe, Burma

31 Mar
From irevolution.wordpress.com
From irevolution.wordpress.com


This article outlines the use of satellites to monitor human rights abuses.

Cross this with the American spy airship, and you would get more coverage, cheaper.  It still doesn’t solve the problem of using surveillance photos. Interpretation.  Since photos of actual human rights abuse are rare, we can only interpret the traces left behind, burnt villages, destroyed buildings, patch of fresh earth denoting mass graves etc.  Such photos can be contested in court, and they’re not the most compelling to the layperson.  Even a hovering, unblinking eye in the sky such as a surveillance airship would only achieve what CCTV has achieved in Britain with crime.  It merely moved it down the street. The logical fix for that would be to survey the entire world at all times, since atrocities tend to occur where there is no accountability.  Seems to be much harder to murder your neighbours if someone is watching.