Augmented Reality stepping up

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Couple of things out in the last few days on AR;

“Layar shows you what is around you by displaying realtime digital information on top of reality through the camera of the mobile phone. Just flip through the directory of layers and find ATM’s, bars, houses for sale, hotels and other cool stuff around you.” link


ARhrrrr! Augmented Reality Zombie and Helicopter Game “Our primary motivation for this AR game was to explore fast-action first-person augmented reality, where the camera controls and movement that would typically require a mouse and keyboard are handled directly by simply moving the device. Advanced tracking technology allows the player to quickly zoom in and out and view the world at steep angles, making this a highly interactive and engaging game.” link

And if you missed it, Google released their Sky Map app for android phones a few weeks ago – PR video here, basic demo video here.

Aaaand if you missed it way back in 2002, ARQuake (plus other AR videos).

Edinburgh things and stuff, Feb

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Just mailed this out to my Things and stuff to do in Edinburgh group on Facebook;

*** LGBT History Month Film Night
13 February 2009, 18:30 – 21:30, LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing

“To celebrate LGBT History month we’re having a film night!

We’ll be showing: a short film about the experiences of older gay men and lesbians; the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s animated film Stand up to Hatred; and then the feautre film The Celluloid Closet – a look at the way homosexuality has been represented on the silver screen over time.”

*** Forest Free Shop
15 Febuary 2009, 12:00 – 17:00, Upstairs at The Forest,
“Come people we have loads of stuff! It would be great if some people could be there at 10 and help setting everything up and being around”

*** Paper X, Issue 2, Needs You !!
15 March 2009, Edinburgh cyberspace

“Send in your writings, mad storys, tall tales of things that have happenened to you/friend/place. Your page can be a section, put forward a review or a story, a day in the life of an artist etc.

Lets create something that matters, that will amaze, inspire, something that you would like to look at and read. This will be an excellent platform to show your work these books somehow get everywhere. So make it count your piece must register truthful and be contemporary. Same rule as before, no dull stuff, keep it fresh and take a risk.

this is a free opportunity, im paying, all that is asked is if you can, buy a copy. the more copys bought, the more gets made, the better the spread.”

*** Cabaret Noir Auditions
17 February 2009, 14:00 – 18:00, The Pentland Room, Pleasance

“Theatre Paradok & The Edinburgh Revue join forces once again to bring you an evening of music, dance, performance and comedy, and whatever else you can do.

CALLING ALL PERFORMERS – The show consists of 3-5 minute slots of whatever you want to do. Last time we had everything from belly dancing to bhangra via sock puppets and a saxophone duet. If you think you’ve got what it takes to take the stage for a few minutes or more, then pop along to our exceedingly informal auditions with some vague idea of what you want to do. Show it to us, and bask in our appreciation.”

*** The Golden Hour feat. Paper CInema!
18 February 2009, 20:00 – 23:00, The Forest

“A Very Special Golden Hour featuring the Legendary Paper Cinema w/ Kora!!! The Lost World – “You can’t escape the dinosaurs. You can only hope to contain them! (on a remote island; preferably with Samuel L. Jackson).” All performances will have a Lost World Theme that will tie together One City / One Book campaign!

Readings: David Gow – Prose that makes you lean in and listen, keeping you close to the edge beyond your seat. Launching a new Chapbook. Kona Macphee – Bloodaxe poet who won the acclaimed Eric Gregory prize and who’s work is sometimes described as “bleak, but never bitter.”

Music: Jed Milroy – Legendary local singer songwriter finally back from the Woods. Robert Blake – A folkie able to subdue the punk-est crowds armed with only a guitar and a mean set of pipes with insightful, raise-a-glass lyrics. On tour from the USA!

Performance: Paper Cinema and Kora – A real treat! A cast of hand-drawn marionettes are magically brought to life with a special “Lost World” theme.”

*** COME Collective presents: Gesamtkunstwerk
18 February 2009, 21:00 – 03:00,
Upstairs in the Bongo Club

“For this exhibition, there will be a host of artists creating new and exciting pieces of work featuring: performances, installations, music, videos and paintings. The combination of these different mediums aim to compliment and play of each other, with the aim to create an environment that the audience will be able to interact with, discuss and investigate.

The exhibition will open at 9pm-11pm, from which there will be a FREE afterparty from 11pm-3am, featuring live DJs. There will be some free booze at the exhibition, and the Bongo Club bar will be open all night, serving drinks form just ?1.70!!!”

*** Queer Mutiny
20 February 2009, 21:00 – 03:00, Old St Paul’s Church Hall

“Yes, despite the slight inconvenience of the forest hall being closed, we are still having a party this month. This means we’ve had to find a new place to play but you’re bright, we know you’ll find us (it’s just off the Royal Mile). Expect the usual free food, BYOB and a bunch of odd people jumping up and down like mad things.

With performances from Hug Party, Mr Discotheque and the Fannies and a playlist best described as wildly eclectic. ”

*** The FOrest Drama Drama Drama Group presents….
20 February 2009, 20:35 – 01:00, The Forest Cafe

“A night of film, poetry, music, dancing and performance.

Once all that was powerful in word and body grew between man and woman between parent and child between earth and sky.It became The Forest Cafe Drama and Performance Group. The group has many purposes many people and many moments.It loves poetry and tragedy and laughter and love and passion.It loves eyes and ears and mouth.It wants you to find it…”

*** Taking Photos
21 February 2009, 10:00 – 15:00, Scottish National Museum

“The Scottish National Museum is an absolutely gorgeous building with lots of natural light, interesting walls/backdrops, and varied settings. I propose getting people together in their prettiest/most interesting/coolest/anythingest outfits and taking pictures of them… and that’s where I need your help! Do you have an hour or so (or more) free on Saturday, February 21? If so, then join me at the museum and have your picture took! You can stay for a little bit or for hours – everyone who shows up will have a chance to pose and vogue for the camera.”

*** The Canongate Project Report
21 February 2009, 14:00 – 17:30, Scottish Storytelling Centre

“Since October 2005, The Canongate Community Forum has been campaigning against plans to demolish listed buildings and people’s homes on the Canongate, part of The Royal Mile in the World Heritage Site . Caltongate is the name given to the controversial ?300million project, which could cost Edinburgh her World Heritage status”

*** italoBLACK : Disco Caligula : Weekend Speciale!
21 February 2009, 23:00 – 03:00, Sneaky Pete’s

“Italo Disco has never been this decadent! your DJ Benetti and Cassavetes cordially invite you to celebrate italoBlack’s first Saturday at Sneaky Pete?s with a party of epic Roman proportions – a celebration fit for the Emperor Caligula himself – and of course free entry and drink promos! hail Caesar!”

*** Beltane Open Meeting
22 February 2009, 16:00 – 18:00, The Bongo Club

“Come and find out what’s planned for this year. Dance, drum, perform – whatever your thing, we want your energy. Earth, air, fire, water, red, white, processional, beastie, bower. Which excites your imagination?

Invite everyone.”

*** ELECTROsexual
22 February 2009, 23:00 – 03:00, CC Blooms

“Dirty electro bootlegs and remixes, providing sweet relief from the usual chart and cheese routine. We are giving away 100s of glowsticks as well as body paint. Pre-party in Habana. The best dressed dancers will be photographed an featured in QS Magazine and the official ELECTROsexual Bebo!”

*** F.R.E.A.K meeting
26 February 2009, 19:00 – 21:00, Wash Bar, Mound Place

“The time has come for another meeting to discuss our plans for a fabulous Edinburgh TAA 2009. We’re making progress now that we’re well into the new year… the wheels are in motion to do a 2 day mini-F.R.E.A.K where folks can make and customise clothes for the Electronica festival’s junk fashion show, people can bring instruments and have a jam, perform, paint, draw – you get the idea!”

*** Writers’ Bloc: Doyle M for Murder
26 February 2009, 20:00 – 23:00, Pleasance Cabaret Bar
?3.00 (?2.00 concessions)

“As part of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature’s One Book ? One Edinburgh campaign for 2009, which celebrates Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 classic The Lost World, Writers’ Bloc will present a night of literary mayhem, with original fiction, Doyle apocrypha and, er, Nazi dinosaurs.

Writers appearing at Doyle M For Murder will include: Stefan Pearson, Morag Edward, Jane McKie, Hannu Rajaniemi, Andrew C. Ferguson, Andrew J. Wilson and Gavin Inglis.”

*** Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival Roadshow
28 February 2009, 16:00 – 18:00, The Meadow Bar, Buccleuch Street

“This event is aimed at performers who wish to come to the Edinburgh Fringe this year and are interested in performing with us at the Free Festival venues.

Thsi is generally an informal walk-in session, to give you the opportunity to speak to Free Feestival organisers and performers who have previously performed with us, with an aim of explaining how the Free Festival works, and to guiding performers who have not taken a show to Edinburgh with us before of what to expect, and what the experiences of performers from previous years have been.”

*** Edinburgh Uni Student Occupation for Gaza
“On the morning of Wednesday 11th February Edinburgh University students occupied the George Square Lecture Theatre. We have acted against the university because of its financial and commercial links to the apartheid state of Israel, in addition to its unacceptable silence in response to the Gaza conflict, described by the UN President of the General Assemby, Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, as “genocide”. We will sit-in until the heads of the university agree to the following demands?”