Recent project developments

Friend networks inform new US territories

Friend networks inform new US territories

Pete Warden has an interesting analysis of his Facebook friend network visualisations in his post How to split up the US. This image tells the story, but the post itself has a more information, links to some other visualisations, and insightful comments that further explain…

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Determining Location from Social Media

Determining Location from Social Media

  I had the honour of speaking at Berkeley University this month, at the Spaces of History / History of Spaces conference. One point my paper explored was the similarity between surveillance and the blogging, logging, and documenting we engage in day-to-day.

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8 Tips for Making A Great Layar Layer

8 Tips for Making A Great Layar Layer

  The Augmented Reality browser Layar is currently in transition from a pure novelty to hosting some actually useful tools, and there is still a lot of geek-orientated commentary on day-to-day uses. While these new layers (compiled maps of points-of-interest) might not be ground-breaking, they…

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In-game rough mesh of Newcastle reconstruction

In-game rough mesh of Newcastle reconstruction

A few weeks ago I posted the point-cloud reconstruction of an event in Newcastle, Australia, created from photos. My research colleague Jules Cromarty has meshed the point-cloud and brought it into the computer game Crysis. Here are the results:         This is…

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Plug map mashups directly into Augmented Reality

Plug map mashups directly into Augmented Reality

My recent research involved developing a Layar layer that lets you plug any geoRSS feed (such as a Yahoo Pipes map mashup), into an Augmented Reality navigator. This vastly simplifies the job of getting dynamic content into AR:    

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Augemented Reality Untethered

Augemented Reality Untethered

  

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Results of 3D reconstruction of Newcastle CitySwitch event

Results of 3D reconstruction of Newcastle CitySwitch event

This is achieved using photogrammetric reconstruction from frames of a documentary video. This is the first rough revision of the point-cloud, it can be processed further to increase the camera position calibration, and thus the accuracy and detail. I hope you find it interesting!

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Bing Maps connecting Flickr → Map → PhotoSynth

Bing Maps connecting Flickr → Map → PhotoSynth

  This is so close to what will be a Singularity in mapping and crowd-sourced/community image and video sites. These sites already offer geo-tagging, but when the maps we are using actually understand the 3D composition of locations, matching up images and reconciling them with…

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Seminar talk on Augmented Reality and Spatial Practice

Seminar talk on Augmented Reality and Spatial Practice

I’m giving a talk as part of the Design @ Eng Seminar series on my current research. This is a cross-over between Spacial Theory and the technology work, so should give an interesting and novel perspective on Augmented Reality. Come along if you can make…

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Large Scale 3D Fabrication in Sand and Resin

Large Scale 3D Fabrication in Sand and Resin

From Beyond the Beyond and Shapeways blog: Inventor Enrico Dini has built a large-scale 3D fabricator that uses sand and resin to construct some fantastic shapes, presumably at a strength appropriate for buildings. (Try and ignore the contrived-cool fashion of the presenter):

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