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Do you own a web-enabled smartphone?

  1. Yes (3 votes [100.00%])

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  2. No (0 votes [0.00%])

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What operating system does your smartphone use?

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  2. Apple (2 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  3. Rim (1 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  4. Symbian (0 votes [0.00%])

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  5. Windows Mobile (0 votes [0.00%])

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#1 akosavic

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 09:02 AM

Welcome to OLITA Appetizers, a series of conversations about technologies in libraries, and a way for us to learn about these new things in a supportive environment with a series of questions and challenges for you to take on.

The first two weeks of the first two OLITA Appetizers will be made available for free on the OLITA weblog. The remaining two weeks will be available for everyone in OLA in the OLA Community Site. The first set of OLITA Appetizers are being prepared and hosted by your OLITA Council.

This next tasty tray of canapes will be about augmented reality: what it is, your experiences with it, and how to create your own layers!

#2 akosavic

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 09:44 AM

I'm going to take an experiential approach to introducing augmented reality, because it really helps to see it in action. As a teaser, I've included a couple of definitions below.

As defined by Educause in its 2011 Horizon Report:
"Augmented reality refers to the layering of information over a view or representation of the normal world, offering users the ability to access place-based information in ways that are compellingly intuitive. Augmented reality brings a significant potential to supplement information delivered via computers, mobile devices, video, and even the printed book. Much simpler to create and use now than in the past, augmented reality feels at once fresh and new, yet an easy extension of existing expectations and practices."
http://net.educause..../pdf/HR2011.pdf

The 2011 Educause Horizon Report put augmented reality on the 2-3 year adoption horizon.

I also like the wikipedia definition:
"Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or an indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data."
http://en.wikipedia....gmented_reality

While augmented reality can be many things experienced through many different types of devices, the typical curious user will most likely encounter augmented reality through their smartphone.

Here's how you can experience it for youself on your smartphone:

(1) Learn how to download Layar here(available for the iPhone, Android and Symbian operating systems) http://www.layar.com/download/

(2) Launch the Layar Reality Browser application on your smartphone

(3) Choose a "layer" that you'd like to see! There are over 2100 published layers available around the world, and 370 Canadian layers. Browse them online here:
http://www.layar.com/layers/

To search for a layer, click on the "+" button, which is next to the text "Add a layer to your favourites" - this will take you to a search box.

Let's start with something useful, like the "Tim Hortons Locator Canada". Once you launch this layer, you can wave your smartphone around and it will direct you to Tim Hortons locations in your immediate area. Note: you'll have better luck if you try this outside.

To explore other neat augmented reality projects, you can find links here:

Educause 2011 Horizon Report
http://net.educause..../pdf/HR2011.pdf

Delicious items tagged with "augmentedreality" by Horizon Report reviewers:
http://www.delicious...ugmentedreality

Let's start a discussion on the neat things we have all found! I'll post more examples this week.

#3 akosavic

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 01:36 PM

Have a look at this video, it applies Augmented Reality to the topic of the future of education.
The video itself is stunningly beautiful, enjoy!


Looking to redecorate? Check out this video of how AR can help!




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