Time Travel Windows Via Augmented Reality

What follows is an idea for a Time Travel device using conventional smart phones … no, I’m not saying you could physically go back or forward in time but your phone could show you a window into a past time.

Have you ever heard of Augmented Reality?

It’s a way of using a computer to enhance your view of the world around you with extra information overlaid on what you see and coordinated with your geographic location and tracking your movement and viewing direction.

Some already existing AR systems geared towards bringing History to life for visitors and tourists.

  • At Singularity Hub there’s a good article with a few example videos from the Louvre amongst other places.
  • Pocket Lint also has an article on how AR is getting applied to tourism.
  • Live Science has a short piece on the iTactitus program in Europe. That program ran from 2006 to 2009.

Of course I didn’t know about all of this the other day when I stopped to blog this idea. I’m sure I’d heard about it though – a lot of the work seems to have been done 5 years ago. What has transpired in the mean time though? There are vendors hawking products and services for companies and groups to add AR to their product offerings … it appears it’s taking a while for the marketplace to penetrate the head space of consumers though.

Most, if not all, of the systems I’ve seen in my brief search appear to rely on wireless access to Big Data served up by fast servers. For my specific purpose this would be a problem because many of these Historic Points of Interest are found in the space between towns and cities, where the internet is often not available. Hence my call for a self-contained web server / wireless networking system.


Grow A Spine You Worm

At some point in your life you may have heard the epithet in the title.

Well the results of new research in Evolutionary Biology are turning that saying on its head.

The part of us we call our spine relies on a strip of cartilage called the Notochord. All spine bearing creatures are called Chordates because of this. We thought it was a relatively recent development in the animal world but apparently that is not so. Surprise!

It’s something we actually have in common with a worm … read more in the Science Daily article:


Deformable Ceramics With Novel Properties

Materials Science is one of the bright lights on the horizon. Meta-materials, nano-structures – whatever you call them … these are the things that the future will be made from.

Eventually a lot of the things we have taken for granted since forever will be supplanted by new things, replacement things. Materials that are built from the atomic scale up give us the ability to control parameters that make it possible to design material with the properties we want. And mix properties that previously were mutually exclusive such as: Transparent AND electrically conductive / Non-linear optical properties

Light weight, crush-able and strong is some of the properties of the designed ceramics the material in this article talks about. Building deformable ceramic structures that can be compressed to over half their volume without damage. And they reform to their original shape after the deformation pressure is removed.


A quote over a timelapse with music

I left a small camera taking 10-second interval timelapse video of the sky out a window. Forgot it was there and doing that and it got an afternoon,evening,morning and part of the next afternoon. After removing the long dark of night I had something that looked good but I always feel like I should be using it as a backdrop for something else. This time I remember a quote and dug up the book and found it. Which led me to find the original book and full quote.

Actually it is a quote from Herbert Butterfield

“the supreme paradox of the scientific revolution is the fact that things which we find it easy to instil into boys at school, because we see that they start off on the right foot things which would strike us as the ordinary natural way of looking at the universe, the obvious way of regarding the behaviour of felling bodies, for example defeated the greatest intellects for centuries, defeated Leonardo da Vinci and at the marginal point even Galileo, when their minds were wrestling on the very frontiers of human thought with these very problems. Even the great geniuses who broke through the ancient views in some special field of study Gilbert, Bacon and Harvey, for example would remain stranded in a species of medievalism when they went outside that chosen field. It required their combined efforts to clear up certain simple things which we should now regard as obvious to any unprejudiced mind, and even easy for a child.”
– Herbert Butterfield “Origins of Modern Science”, 194

music by Kevin MacLeod (