New click and drag controls make it easy to navigate through user contributed photos in Street View. Click or drag the silver orbs in the direction you want to look. See what’s to the left, right, up, or down.
ManyCam is freeware that modifies your webcam video stream to give you augmented effects including adding a fiery trail to your movement, face-tracking masks and accessories, effects that are reminiscent of PhotoBooth, a distortion bar covering your eyes to remain somewhat anonymous, and the ability to draw on your video stream.
It’s augmented reality for your webcam stream. Just in case you were already getting bored with Chatroulette.
Currentcity, an initiative of Senseable City Lab at MIT is working with mobile operators and data providers to build applications that address city management problems. Using anonymized mobile phone location data they measure the patterns of human activity in urban environments.
Below is a video of real-time visualization of SMS exchanges in Amsterdam. Each dot represents a message sent. There is a huge spike on 12/31/07 during the turn of the new year.
Ever wanted to learn more than you probably ever really should about that random person you just met 2 seconds ago? With the upcoming “Recognizr” app for iPhone and Android this dream is now (augmented) reality. The Astonishing Tribe is attempting to mash up face recognition technology, computer vision, cloud computing, social networking and augmented reality into the world of Augmented Identity.
The app essentially works like this: the user points the camera at a person across the room. Facial recognition software creates a 3-D model of the person’s mug and sends it across a server where it’s matched with an identity in the database. A cloud server conducts the facial recognition and sends back the subject’s name as well as links to any social networking sites the person has provided access to. Voila.
Note: Prediction becomes a reality http://gspdigital.com/?p=715 . This app requires a user to opt in to the service in order to be recognized.
The March issue of BOARDS magazine has an awesome interactive cover by Theo Watson / Emily Gobeille created using openFrameworks, a free, open-source C++ programming toolkit created for designers and artists.
Hold the cover to your webcam & download the app to unlock the story telling experiment.