Busy weekend!!! AR!!

Gosh this weekend turns out to be surprisingly busy for me. To all my friends expecting me to be at VACC, I’m sorry I couldn’t be there to see you guys, partly because of the weather, but mainly because I’m suddenly swarmed with stuff. Honestly I’m not a big fan of Economics discussion myself (I’m CS you know) so I’d just feel left out there. I woke up late also 😛

Anyway, 2 more weeks until classes end and it’s become tradition that my professors start to bombard stuff (paper, project, homework and such). I’m sure everyone is the same since I saw more people in the library over this weekend then others. My boss from MetaDB is also having his big presentation so we have been working non-stop trying to fix everything as soon as we can (almost like 24/7 customer service).

I also messed up my PC trying to dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu. Dang I forgot Ubuntu always screw up boot manager for Windows so I ended up wasting around 3-4 hours reinstalling stuff.

Windows & Ubuntu

Windows & Ubuntu

Ok besides all those stuff, I got hooked into something I mentioned before, it’s called Augmented Reality.

Now what is that? Augmented Reality is featured in Starwars, Startrek, Ironman and pretty much all sci-fi. It pretty much describes the overlay of computer-generated images on top of live reality.

This technology was used by Yelp! I believe, when you take our ur iPhone, use Yelp and point to some restaurants, the software will overlay the ratings and menus on top of that restaurant. Or if you point to a painting in a museum, it will overlay the info on top of that painting.

Yelp!

Yelp!

So it’s pretty hi-tech since all rendering happens in real-time and pretty robust. It also involves 3D model detection and requires a large database of image registration.

Ironman UI

Ironman UI

Of course it’s still a pretty long way until Ironman, but the UI is basically Augmented Reality + Voice-Recognition so it’s really not that fancy.

Aight I gotta get back to work now!!! Have fun and keep on rolling guys!!

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