Saturday, April 17, 2010

Augmented Reality Development Camp @ Mediamatic

The day started at 10am with Dan Brickley from Amsterdam's VU. He was a most wonderful host throughout the day and offered some good links:

Then we heard from Steven Pemberton from W3C & CWI regarding RDFa's, which I thought was the most practical and useful info of the day.

Johannes la Poutre from talked mobile navigation tools (he's pictured above) and open source goodies like PorPOISe and, all connected to Layar.

Later, Hans Overbeek from ICTU (creators of the Dutch Digi ID) talked about governments and data-sharing. I thought that was a bit of an oxymoron, but he seems to want to engage the developer & private sectors to build a movement from the bottom up, as opposed to top down.

Lastly we heard from Fancesco Masia from Calameda who is developing video conferencing with augmented reality. It will bow in about two months, he says, but there was no prototype to show. I did see a great application for kids there, as you can apparently conference and draw/sketch at the same time.

The day ended with break-out sessions and I chose to attend the Layar group with Johannes and Hans Blaauw from

Conclusion: A very successful day with loads of resources and info.

P.S. Attend the Augmented Reality flashmob on Dam Square in Amsterdam on April 24th at 14:00.

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