Presenting Augmented Twitter (see video and slides above) at Jeff Pulver’s 140 Characters Conference (#140conf ) was super fun, and great video makes this a conference that you can enjoy catching up on after the fact. Jeff Pulver does an excellent job of keeping people to a challengingly short format. Even I managed to bring my talk in under 5 mins!
#140conf is a real time mobile social crowd, and pretty attuned to Augmented Reality. Everyone had heard of Augmented Reality in the audience, and while most had never tried an AR app, nearly everyone used a mobile social app like, Four Square, Gowalla, or Latitude. As Dan Harple (@dharple) – Executive Chairman, GyPSii, said in his interesting presentation, Evolution of Location and Places, “everyone get’s connection, and that connection in real time is the thing if we can get it, and that real time connection is innately mobile.”
ARwave aims to push mobile, social, real time connection even further with augmented reality. As Anselm Hook puts it so brilliantly in his presentation at EComm, “AR is about publishing “verbs” – interactive, actionable, digital agents not publishing 3D models.” I have some mega posts brewing on this topic. Augmented Reality will need to support publishing game like behavior, and digital agents that can embody a set of actions and reactions.
This need for augmented reality to publish behavior, and to share and integrate, in one view, multiple real time data streams are just some of the reasons AR Wave uses an open federated protocol. Federation is also particularly important for augmented reality because, as Anselm pointed out at WhereCamp, AR will certainly demand very efficient distribution of state change at the systems level – to move the computation to its lowest latency.
The only other cloud over our Augmented Reality party at #140conf was that #ashtag kept our co-panelist and panel chair from joining us. Rita J King, @ritajking, who is Innovator-in-Residence at IBM’s Analytics Virtual Center, the “General of the Imagination Age,” and Dancing Ink Productions, and Joshua Fouts, @josholalia, “Cultural Attaché,” and Chief Global Strategist of Dancing Ink, were on a 5 day trek out of #ashcloud, and, sadly, not there for our panel.
So the two of us carried the flag for Augmented Twitter. Myself and Jerry Paffenfdorf, futurist, artist, entrepreneur and swell guy – the co-inventor of the most famous real time social web system you have never heard of (actually I tried and loved it in alpha testing, before it was quote “shut down by blood thirsty investors”).
Now Jerry lives in Detroit Michigan where he works on the Loveland Micro-real estate project which is the simplest, cheapest, funnest way to become a land owner. At a dollar a square inch it mixes video games and real estate, like Farmville for urban development.
Joshua and Rita, our very virtual panel mates, are the first and largest inchvestors, and creating their own micro city within the project. Jerry is one of the most creative and original thinkers on the planet, so treat yourself to glimpse of what is on his mind in the video above – Loveland, 3D mailbox, canned augmented reality, and the relationship of virtual worlds to the real time social web.
Jerry also hat tipped one of the most captivating projects and presentations of the conference, Alon Nir’s, The Story Behind @TheKotel, “Tweet Yr Prayers!” What a great story about the power of Twitter to reach out into the world, and beyond! I got a chance to chat with Alon at #140conf, and I found out he is brother of augmented reality guru, Rouli Nir, @augmented. Rouli is known for his sharp and comprehensive AR commentary on Augmented Times and Games Alfresco. Cool family!
Before I close this post, I want to mention @AndyDixn’s talk on the prison sysetm, A conversation with Andy Dixon: What the prison yard & twitter have in common. This conversation, I think, is a great example about what makes #140conf special. As @nwjerseyliz pointed out, we, “hear few voices from those who’ve experienced that side of the issue.”
Thank you @jeffpulver for creating such a cool staging for so many diverse voices.
And before I close here is what the only slide I didn’t have time to show said!
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