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Augmented Reality

August 2, 2010

I love Augmented Reality (AR).  It is HOT HOT HOT.  But most people don’t know what it is yet ,or if they do, they’re kind of scared of it.  I encourage you to take a try with AR once more.  We at SJPL have a $50,000 grant to develop historical walking tours using augmented reality and original items in our history collection.  So exciting!  Below is a presentation I did for Handheld Librarian 3 Conference.  It walks you through some of what’s out there, the differences in the equipment and data, and what that means potentially for library services.  Be ready to be amazed!

“Augmented Reality”

  1. Judy Hauser Says:

    Sarah – Your AR project sounds soooo interesting! I can’t wait to hear more about it. I’m learning more about AR now that I have an Android phone. The links on your presentation will be a big help to me. Please let us know how the project is going as it progresses.

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  3. Peggy Says:

    This looked so exciting. I really wish I could have been there to hear your presentation on this subject, in fact I wish I could have been there to hear all of your presentations. I don’t think work will go for a trip to the U.S. to hear you speak.

    I don’t suppose there is a recording floating around?? Or that you could possibly slidecast some of your presentations??

  4. Stan Timek Says:

    Sarah, Excellent slide show, I’m sure that your presentation was well received given the thoroughness of your information. I also would like to hear more about your walking tour app. It sounds intriguing given hat you are involved in the project. Many of the mobile augmented reality projects that I’ve seen only provide surface-level information such as a Starbucks is in this direction.

    I saw a demo of a real estate-based AR app recently, it basically would inform you if any construction or other publics works projects would happen in a particular area. The ideal user is home buyers or renters. – excellent application in my opinion.

    My company is using AR in the greeting card space. We enable people to send a personal and private video message inside the greeting card. So far our customers love the product so we can be added to the “useful” column!

    Keep up the great work and I’ll be watching for updates on your walking tours.

    Stan Timek
    Atomic Greetings
    http://atomicgreetings.com

  5. Sarah Houghton-Jan (Librarian in Black) Says:

    The Handheld Librarian 3 Conference was, I believe, recorded….so the archived sessions for the whole conference will hopefully be announced soon. So you can not only hear the sessions I did on augmented reality & free/cheap mobile services, but hear me compete in Battledecks too! I don’t know when the link would be announced, but I’m sure it will make the rounds on blogs & Twitter feeds.

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  7. Erin Says:

    Thanks, Sarah, for sharing with us (as usual) a very cool project. My colleagues and I are curious to know what sort of grants you applied for to get such great funding for this project.

  8. Sarah Says:

    We got our funding from LSTA, administered in California by the State Library. We have just started the project, so stay tuned.

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