Augmented Reality standard in its final stage

Having been on board with Wikitude almost since day one, I’ve seen a number of changes within the augmented reality field. With the ever increasing advancements in mobile and web technologies, augmented reality has grown leaps and bounds in just a few short years. And as with any technology that advances at such a rapid rate, without an industry-wide set of standards, things can become, well, let’s just say “complex” at best.

Three years ago, while working on advancements to Wikitude’s core technology, we saw that a data format which is easy to adopt and meets the AR use cases at the time was necessary. Recalling an old expression, “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness,” we set out to define a set of XML tags that the entire industry could agree upon and adhere to. This document eventually became what is now known as the Augmented Reality Markup Language, or ARML 1.0.

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Maps on smartphones: Lost

The criticism heaped on Apple shows the growing importance of cartography.

… Maps are becoming important strategic terrain. They are more than an aid to getting from A to B. Apps based on location—to summon a taxi, say—need maps inside them. Digital maps can include countless layers of information, plus advertisements from which money can be made. There are thousands of indoor maps, too, of airports, department stores and so forth. Smartphones also act as sensors, reporting their whereabouts, which can be used to improve maps. According to comScore, a data firm, in August 95% of American iPhone owners and 83% of owners of smartphones with Google’s Android operating system used a mobile map…

via Maps on smartphones: Lost | The Economist.

Wrong turn: Apples buggy iOS 6 maps lead to widespread complaints

By Nilay Patel and Adi Robertson

Apple has a maps problem.

The major new feature of the company’s new iOS 6 mobile operating system is a new mapping module developed by Apple itself — a replacement for the Google-supplied maps that have been standard on the iPhone since it debuted in 2007. It is a change borne not of user demand, but of corporate politics: Google’s Android platform is the biggest competitive threat to the iPhone, so Apple is cutting ties with Google. iPhone owners might have loved Google Maps, but Apple has no love for Google.

“It’s going to be messy for them.”

Unfortunately, Apple’s new maps are simply not as good as Google’s. The release of iOS 6 yesterday was immediately followed by users complaining about the…

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How will Google Maps change our reality?

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Much of the controversy surrounding Google Maps has centered on relatively concrete concerns like privacy and data gathering. But in a piece for The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman argues that digital mapping’s long-term impacts may fundamentally change the way we perceive and interact with the world around us. Aimless wandering, for instance, could easily become an antiquated practice, rendering Baudelaire’s flâneur as extinct as the dodo bird. And wouldn’t an ever-aggressive data onslaught further disconnect us from our environment?

Not every cartographer agrees with Burkeman’s hypothetical, arguing that Google Maps actually makes it easier for us to wander and “get lost,” since reorienting ourselves has become that much easier. But Burkeman’s core concern is more seismic in nature — namely, the fact that companies like Google (and, soon, Apple) have essentially assumed control over how we “see” the world, whether through digital maps or augmented reality. “What happens when we come to see the world, to a significant extent, through the eyes of a handful of big companies based in California?” Burkeman writes. “You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist, or an anti-corporate crusader, to wonder about the subtle ways in which their values and interests might come to shape our lives.”

via How will Google Maps change our reality? | The Verge.

The myth of pinch-to-zoom: how a confused media gave Apple something it doesn’t own

In 2007, Steve Jobs stood on stage, listing the benefits of Apple’s then-new iPhone touchscreen. “You can do multi-finger gestures on it,” he said, moving his hands back and forth in the now-familiar pinch-to-zoom motion. Then he paused, and his expression changed. “And boy, have we patented it.” The crowd laughed and began applauding as the word “Patented!” appeared on the screen behind him…

via The myth of pinch-to-zoom: how a confused media gave Apple something it doesn’t own | The Verge.

HTML5 vs. Apps: Why The Debate Matters, And Who Will Win

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HTML5 is a new technology that allows developers to build rich web-based apps that run on any device via a standard web browser.

Many think it will save the web, rendering native platform-dependent apps obsolete.

So, which will win? Native apps or HTML5?

A recent report from BI Intelligence explains why we think HTML5 will win out, and what an HTML future will look like for consumers, developers, and brands.

via HTML5 vs. Apps: Why The Debate Matters, And Who Will Win – Business Insider.