Monday, September 14, 2009

Augmented Reality on iPhone

French app developmer PresseLite have built the first Augmented Reality (AR) supporting iPhone app live in the iTunes store. It's called Metro Paris Subway, and while the app isn't new, it released a new version that added an AR overlay that displays information about Paris businesses when you look at the city through your iPhone's camera.

Internet of things

Just found a new buzz-word and thought i 'd might share it!

Quoting from wikipedia:

"In computing, the Internet of Things refers to a network of objects, such as household appliances. It is often a self-configuring wireless network. The concept of the internet of things is attributed to the original Auto-ID Center, founded in 1999 and based at the time in MIT[1].

The idea is as simple as its application is difficult. If all cans, books, shoes or parts of cars are equipped with minuscule identifying devices, daily life on our planet will undergo a transformation. Things like running out of stock or wasted products will no longer exist as we will know exactly what is being consumed on the other side of the globe. Theft will be a thing of the past as we will know where a product is at all times. The same applies to parcels lost in the post.

If all objects of daily life, from yogurt to an airplane, are equipped with radio tags, they can be identified and managed by computers in the same way humans can.[2] The next generation of Internet applications (IPv6 protocol) would be able to identify more objects than IPv4, which is currently in use. This system would therefore be able to instantaneously identify any kind of object.[3]"