Slidecast of my Augmented Reality presentation from LOGIN 2009

This is my presentation from LOGIN 2009 titled “What Augmented Reality Means for Game Developers.” It is more or less aimed at game developers, but is really just where I see AR going in general. The presentation itself is 50 minutes long followed by 20 minutes of Q&A.

It is also my first attempt to post a SlideCast, so if something in there is messed up, let me know.

You can download the slides from SlideShare, and the audio can be found here. My own audio came through fine, but next time I think I need to figure out a way to mic the audience.


8 Responses to “Slidecast of my Augmented Reality presentation from LOGIN 2009”

  1. Maarten Lens-FitzGerald thought on :


    What do you think about the Augmented Reality Hype Cycle?

    BTW you re desktop sequence is what we call “out of the box”

    great that you are on a simliar track!

  2. Joe said on :

    I think the downside of all the AR hype is that the term “Augmented Reality” itself will always be tainted with visions of people waving ads around in front of their webcams to get cars onto their screens. That sort of thing is only going to get more common over the next year or two. I think the broader technology will survive just fine, though, and if it ends up being renamed in the process, that’s ok with me. Augmented Reality is kind of a clumsy name to begin with.

  3. Brian 'Psychochild' Green wrote on :

    I really enjoyed your presentation, Joe. Even though I don’t think the future is going to be so smooth. :)

    I think that you ignore the reality of adoption rates. Technology might get to the point where we have AR easily available to most people, but are our mothers going to buy into it? Or, will it be like the early internet where a few geeky people used it and most didn’t care?

    My thoughts.

  4. Joe said on :

    Honestly, I don’t see my mother ever buying into it. She barely bought into the web and that showed up 15 years ago. The question isn’t “Will AR be the universal form of interacting with a computer for all persons alive today?”, but rather, “Will AR be the universal form of interacting with a computer for any single generation and those that follow it?” I think the answer to the second question is Yes.

  5. Brian 'Psychochild' Green wrote on :

    Perhaps eventually, but in what time frame? You asked who thought we’d still have monitor, keyboards, desktops, etc. in 10 years at the start of your talk, and I raised my hand. I still don’t think that AR is going to be common as internet-enabled computers (desktops/laptops) are currently. Remember, it took the internet a while to become the commodity we take for granted today even after the technology was widely available and reliable.

    So, will the technology arrive that makes AR accessible and affordable? Sure, unless something even more disruptive comes down the pipe. But, in what sort of time frame? I’m not sure I want to get excited about something that may take 20 years to become accepted in the mainstream.

    My further thoughts,

  6. Peter Freese replied on :

    I am really glad I got the chance to attend your talk, and between you and Charlie Stross I’ve become a bit of a convert. I find myself sending links to your talk to skeptics who doubt the adoption of wearable displays within the next 10-15 years. Of course, the whole display transition is really just a side effect of the larger transition to ubiquitous mobile computing already underway. I look at iPhone apps like Shazam and SnapTell, I realize that not only do these devices make being lost a thing of the past, they make *not knowing* obsolete. Curiosity can be satisfied in mere seconds. It is problem just a time frame of 1-2 years before we have a portable device capable of identifying most objects we point it at. What is that plant? Snap a picture of the leaves and have an answer in seconds. What kind of insect is this? My mobile device will tell me.

  7. Peter Freese commented on :

    Apparently I’m still being conservative. I just did a quick search to satisfy my curiosity and discovered that an app to identify trees by photos of the leaves already exists and is in beta.

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