World Camera offers enhanced reality via iPhone
Location-based social tagging hits the hood
The iPhone again takes us where we've already been with the launch of the Sekia Camera - allowing users to post images, text, and audio locked to a specific location and accessed using enhanced reality.
The idea of using a mobile phone to record location-specific information is nothing new - TagandScan launched the same service in the UK back in 2003 - but Sekia Camera does present a nice interface. It overlays information on the camera view to show an enhanced version of reality that can be accessed with a tap of the screen.
Developer Tonchidot have provided a nice video showing how the application is intended to work:
It's hard to argue that additional information accessed in this way wouldn't be useful. Imagine climbing a hill in sunshine and accessing the same view in winter, or seeing what an area looks like after dark before buying a house there.
But such a service seems likely to fall foul of the problems besetting Yelp, both in terms of getting swamped with unreliable information and struggling to fund itself. ®
whatever happened to tagandscan?
Good idea but...
...how do you get that level of positional detail? GPS is nowhere near. And not only does it need to gather your exact location to the nearest centimetre, it needs to know what direction you are pointing in, what angle you are looking at, and what the field of view angle is, to be able to tag things correctly. Oh, and it all needs to work indoors as well as out.
And most tags will become immediately redundant - there's no point in tagging a specific product on a shop's shelf, because within a week there might be different products.
By the look of the video, it is using artificial intelligence to recognise items by the photo, as well as positional data; being able to run this kind of software on a handheld device is a long, long way away.
"Virtual Light" anyone?
I think William Gibson deserves a bit of credit for introducing the concept. Such a pity that sci-fi novels don't count as prior art, seeing as so many patents are pure fiction.
I, for one, welcome our new geo-tagging overlords...
Blu-man, cause he looks a little like Mr. G.