Once again, TED2010 comes up with something brilliant as Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos new augmented-reality mapping technology from Microsoft.
Blaise Aguera y Arcas‘ background is as multidimensional as the visions he helps create. In the 1990s, he authored patents on both video compression and 3D visualization techniques, and in 2001, he made an influential computational discovery that cast doubt on Gutenberg’s role as the father of movable type.
He also created Seadragon (acquired by Microsoft in 2006), the visualization technology that gives Photosynth its amazingly smooth digital rendering and zoom capabilities. Photosynth itself is a vastly powerful piece of software capable of taking a wide variety of images, analyzing them for similarities, and grafting them together into an interactive three-dimensional space. This seamless patchwork of images can be viewed via multiple angles and magnifications, allowing us to look around corners or “fly” in for a (much) closer look. Simply put, it could utterly transform the way we experience digital images.
He’s now the architect of Bing Maps at Microsoft, where he leads a team of researchers and engineers with strengths in social media, computer vision and graphics. He joined Microsoft when Seadragon was acquired by Live Labs in 2006. Shortly after the acquisition of Seadragon, Blaise directed his team in a collaboration with Microsoft Research and the University of Washington, leading to the first public previews of Photosynth several months later. His TEDTalk on Seadragon and Photosynth in 2007 is rated one of TED’s “most jaw-dropping.”
Another great lecture from TED about how gaming is leaking into real life, and how it could all end…
Picked this up off the BBC Tech website. Proper scifi style imput device, that uses your own skin as the imput called Skinput! Facinating idea.
To celebrate the arrival of spring, from today (22 March 2010) till 7 April, 2010 we’re giving GeekTown fans a fantastic 10% discount on all orders £20 or over in the GeekTown Shop!
All you have to do is place an order over with a minimum order value of £20, and use the code “HELLOSUN” in the GeekTown shop checkout to get your 10% discount!
We’ve recently revamped the t-shirt shop with a whole bunch of new designs and styles! You can get:
For those of you that haven’t stopped by the GeekTown Shop recently, we’ve done a bit of remodelling, added a bunch of new designs, and generally spruced things up a bit.
There’s also some brand new geek t-shirts, from a simple expression of ‘Geek’, ‘LOL’ or ‘WTF?’ t-shirt, to a glow in the dark “Computer games don’t affect kids, I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music.” t-shirt.
We’ve added to the World of Warcraft t-shirts, with a ‘Stormwind University’ t-shirt, along with a straightforward ‘For The Horde!‘ tee, and a couple of new designs for the ‘I apologize profusely for any inconvenience my murderous rampage may have caused’ girly t-shirts. And of course the classic ‘My Guild Went to Nothrend and all i got was this lousy tshirt‘ tee is still available!
And if your after one of the old classics, they’re all still there, like the ‘I’m What Willis Was Talkin’ ‘Bout’ t-shirt, and the ‘Joss Whedon is my Master Now‘ t-shirt, along with our new Firefly t-shirts.
Come have a look. Wear your geekdom with pride! 😀
Some days you stumble across something so geekily awesome it really has to be shared… Samuel L Jackson’s Exekiel 25:17 speech played out as a Google Wave… Geeky genius! Not only is it brilliantly executed (in every sense of the word), it also does a great job of showing off Google Wave’s features! Great job by the guys over at getwhirled.com.
(BTW, if anyone has a Google Wave access invite they’d like to send me i’d be most grateful!)