Jim’s WebLetter for 9/12/09

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Have you heard of the term, “augmented reality”? We’ve all heard of virtual reality, but the new term is being used to show what the next generation of cell phones has been doing in Europe and Japan. Now, it’s being used in America. Todays JWL will dive into the uses of augmented reality and show some of it’s applications. So, settle back into your computer chair and let’s discover the best of the Web …

It is no surprise that the mobile Web is exploding right now. The use of Web-enabled cellphones is dominating the marketplace as IPhones and Blackberries along with Google’s own Android phone system are leading the way with the technology that allows you to do more than just make a phone call.

I have begun building mobile versions of Web sites because of the increased interest. Here are examples of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival (http://www.shrimpfestival.com) and my own design company site (http://www.jimonline.com). When you use your computer to access the sites, you will find a more graphically enhanced site. Use your Web-enabled phone and you see a different, more basic “cell site” that provides information at your fingertips. A few enhancements include GPS coordinates and highlighted phone numbers that will activate your phone into placing calls at the click of the link. The idea is that mobility is becoming more important to us. Where we can’t always be at a computer work station, we can always carry a cellphone.

Augmented reality by definition in Wikipedia is a term for “a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with, or augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery creating a mixed reality.” The addition of this layer to the world on your mobile device, has become a very hot trend this year. It is in everything from mobile apps to kids toys and provides additional abilities to provide information to the user at the touch of a button. This trend makes me think that “AR” will soon be talked about by everyone the way they used to talk about “social media” and “Web 2.0”. Watch this YouTube video to get an idea of what it can do. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b64_16K2e08

This example shows that by using an Augmented Reality browser in your cellphone, you can scan an area of the city you’re in and find housing that is for rent or sale and what sort of information is available on that housing including photos, contact information and maps.

In this video from GE, the “smart grid” demonstration uses a picture code on a piece of paper to create a 3-d image that you can play with and move around the paper’s surface. http://ge.ecomagination.com/smartgrid/?c_id=googaugreal&gclid=CMGT9b7565wCFVVj2god6RDmkQ#/augmented_reality

And in a more practical application, finding and tracking a satellite in orbit is shown on this video … http://dailymobile.se/2009/09/08/augmented-reality-demo-iphone-satellite-finder/

As you can see, AR, augmented reality is a toy, it’s a communication method, and it can be used to track devices. What other applications will come from this? Time will tell, but it’s sure that this forward-thinking application will be around for some time.

<===HuMoR===>
Two men went fishing. One was an experienced fisherman, the other wasn’t. Every time the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his ice chest to keep it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish, he threw it back.
The experienced fisherman watched this go on all day and finally got tired of seeing the man waste good fish. “Why do you keep throwing back all the big fish you catch?” he asked.
The inexperienced fisherman replied, “I only have a small frying pan.”
(thanks, Ronnie)
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A man is caught sitting at a make-shift campfire by a forest ranger, and to the ranger’s horror, the man is eating a bald eagle. The man is consequently put in jail for the crime. On the day of his trial, the conversation went something like this:
JUDGE: “Do you know that eating a bald eagle is a federal offense?”
MAN: “Yes I do. But if you let me argue my case, I’ll explain what happened.”
JUDGE: “Proceed.”
MAN: “I got lost in the woods. I hadn’t had anything to eat for two weeks. I was so hungry. Next thing I see is a Bald Eagle swooping down at the lake for some fish. I knew that if I followed the Eagle I could maybe steal the fish. I caught up with the eagle who landed on a tree stump to eat the fish. I threw a stone toward the eagle hoping he would drop the fish and fly away. Unfortunately, in my weakened condition, my aim was off, and the rock hit the eagle squarely on his poor little head, and killed it. I thought long and hard about what had happened, but figured that since I killed it I might as well eat it since it would be more disgraceful to let it rot on the ground.”
JUDGE: “The court will take a recess while I consider your testimony.”
(15 minutes goes by and the judge returns.)
JUDGE: “Due to the extreme circumstance you were under and because you didn’t intend to kill the eagle, the court will dismiss the charges.”
The Judge then leans over the bench and whispers: “If you don’t mind my asking, what does a bald eagle taste like?”
MAN: “Well your honor, it is hard to explain. The best I can describe it is somewhere between a California Condor and a Spotted Owl.”
(thanks, Marie)
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A man was driving when a traffic camera flashed. He thought his picture was taken for exceeding the speed limit, even though he knew he was not speeding. Just to be sure, he went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed. He thought this was quite funny, so he slowed down even further as he drove past the area, but the traffic camera flashed yet again. He tried a fourth time with the same result. The fifth time he was laughing when the camera flashed as he rolled past at a snail’s pace.
Two weeks later, he got five traffic fine letters in the mail for driving without a seat belt.
(thanks, Henry)
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A teenager who had just received her learner’s permit for driving offered to drive her parents to church. After a hair-raising ride, they finally reached their destination.
“Thank you!” said the mother as she got out of the car and breathed a sigh of relief.
“Anytime,” her daughter replied.
As the mother closed the door she said, “I wasn’t talking to you. I was talking to God.”
(thanks, Jenny)
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And that’s this week’s WebLetter friends and neighbors. Have a great weekend and until next, God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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