Category Archives: Reality Hacking

The activity of hacking reality itself, using computer graphics to enhance, augment, virtualize, replace and otherwise mixed reaility.

CARTOOGLE ™ – Communicate with Computers via Rough Sketches

by Fred Abler The invention of the digital computer forced us to realize that we need new languages – computer-programming languages – to communicate with machines. These languages are called structured or ‘constructed languages’, as opposed to our ‘natural language’. … Continue reading

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Projected Reality – Outdoors and In

By Fred Abler Artists have discovered powerful video projectors, and the conflict-of-perception between a projected image and its underlying ‘canvas’ has never been greater.  A new genre of art uses architecture-as-canvas, and is loosely known as Urban Projection Mapping. Fig- … Continue reading

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The Raster Revolution – Augmented Reality in Sports

by Fred Abler Modern technology marketing owes a debt to Everett Rogers, an Iowa farm boy who’s father loved electromechanical equipment, but loathed biological-chemical innovations – even though hybrid seed corn yielded 25% more crop and was resistant to drought. … Continue reading

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BIM Bots – Virtual 3D Robots

by Fred Abler In the early oughts’ (2000) while working in a CAD research lab at CAL POLY, SLO, I became intensely interested in 3D ‘object-agents’. Today CAD/BIM users might call them “smart objects”, but there’s really a lot more … Continue reading

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Apple Embraces Holo’Tek – for iPhone 5?

by Fred Abler Steve Job’s product design strategy was simple – “Make signal, not noise”.  In other words, make products so different, that they will cut through all the noise in the marketplace. This incomparable strategy has worked brilliantly for … Continue reading

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IKEA adds AR to 2013 Print Catalog – Meh!

by Fred Abler As a whole, the publishing industry has been decimated by the Internet. So if you still have a global publication with a circulation of 211,000 million copies per annum, you don’t just end it. Instead, you leverage … Continue reading

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Magnetic Migration – magnetosenory cells found in animals

There have been several major breakthroughs in geomagentism. Last week I covered a Finnish startup called IndoorAtlas, which exploits cellphone magnetometers to uniquely position users in the earth’s ambient magnetic field. And now, scientists have confirmed that this is exactly … Continue reading

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DIY for Reality Hackers – FOV2Go

by Fred Abler This blog curates an eclectic range of 3D topics. Very occasionally I find newsworthy items that touch on two topics. But never before have I found emerging research that covers them all at once… and that is … Continue reading

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Museums Turn to 3D – FormFonts offers to Help Smithsonian

Like everything else, Museums are being disrupted by the Interwebs. The idea of getting into a car on a Saturday morning and driving 30 miles (or more) to walk around inside a very large quiet building.. just to look at … Continue reading

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