Skip to main content

Vaughn Hannon

Time to delete?

1 min read

All of us, that is, users of Facebook and its properties (Instagram, Whatsapp, etc...) should be carefully watching how Facebook handles the Cambridge Analytica debacle. Me? My finger is hovering over the delete button while we learn the full extent of the situation.

In the mean time here's some info from the EFF on locking down your data sharing to third parties and another from Boing Boing on how to really, truly delete your Facebook account. Thanks to the EU and GDPR they actually have to delete it...and some other resources to help you get caught up.

News about the whole thing:

 

  

 

Vaughn Hannon

Vaughn Hannon

Open Studio - Migrations

1 min read

Friends! As some of you know I've been collaborating with Cynthia Minet on her new installation that will soon be opening at the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen, Texas. If you're in Los Angeles this Sunday, March 4th from 2p - 5p you can get a sneak peak of the work at Cynthia's studio here at the Brewery.

Migrations and Cynthia

I worked with Cynthia on the lighting/audio system design and programming. Each sculpture has about 49 RGB LEDs in it controlled with a Trinket microcontroller. The audio is triggered by motion and powered from a Trinket Pro. If you have questions, you'll have to come to the studio :)

There is more info on the open studio at the Facebook event page. We hope to see you there.

 

Vaughn Hannon

AR...MR...XR

5 min read

It's been a busy spring for Augmented Reality and the last week really topped it off. The 8th annual Augmented World Expo was 3 days of vendors, developers and enthusiastic end-users coming together to talk about, demo and try on the latest AR gear. If there is to be one thing I came away with from the expo it's that we haven't yet agreed what to call this thing. Augmented, Mixed or eXtended Reality. Each was used almost interchangeably. It won't matter what we call if but it sure would help the messaging if we stuck to a naming convention.

The Promise

Trying on Daqri Glasses

We all want the same thing. We want a device (or set of devices) that we can look through which will overlay information and interactive elements onto the real world. This information will be easy to access and quickly available. Creating objects and information for AR will be simple, requiring little to no programming. The hardware will be priced in the same range as a smart phone and weigh less. It will be personalized to us and allow access to our virtual assistant of choice.

The Near Future

AR Timeline So FarThis coming year is going to feel a bit like 2016 did for VR. We're on the cusp of some interesting hardware hitting the market at attainable prices. The big, big players are making moves...Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook are all in varying stages of their AR strategies.

Google announced Google Lens at I/O in May and, assuming it works as well as it demoed, looks to be a key piece of their AR strategy. It plays to their strengths in machine learning and information management. Their continued development of Tango will make AR creation and experiences more accessible. I'd like to see Tango built into the Pixel 2 (hint, hint Google) and any other devices they make from here on out. With a likely hardware announcement in the fall, what more will come this year? Time will tell...

Microsoft released its Windows Creators Update for Windows 10. This update includes tools for the creation of Mixed Reality content. Microsoft is trying to make it as easy as possible to build content for AR (and VR) with tools provided in the OS. An interesting side note, Lorraine Bardeen (General Manager, Windows and HoloLens Experiences) used the term mixed reality exclusively in her talk at AWE. Microsoft has since announced hardware from partners Dell and Asus. We'll see what else turns up this year...time will tell...

Facebook made it clear that AR is a priority at F8. They promise to provide a platform to create AR experiences with relative ease. It's still unclear what exactly Facebook's AR Studio will mean for all of us. Time will tell...

Apple