Non-visual location-based augmented reality using GPS data

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in St. Johns


Augmented Reality and Geolocation have been hot topics this year, but there has often been a confusion between aesthetics vs. practicality, and fantasy vs. reality. This presentation will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of visual and non-visual augmented reality. We'll tell stories from our experiences building location-aware social networks with custom proximity notification.


Text messages have virtually eliminated the need for voicemail, and are a faster way to convey a message than a phone call. In the same way, GPS-based augmented reality could eliminate the need for text messages.

This presentation will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of visual and non-visual augmented reality. We’ll cover alternate types of augmented reality techniques and how they have been saving us time in the past few months. We’ll demonstrate how we’ve been merging available technologies with custom programming to create location-aware social networks with custom proximity notification. Finally, we’ll describe other uses for location sharing, such as automatically turning off house lights when leaving for work, and wayfinding with piezoelectric buzzers. Privacy and data transparency will also be discussed.

Aaron will also present data visualizations, animations, and a glimpse of the raw data of his two years of to-the-second GPS logs which provide the basis of the location-based augmented reality system. You can see a preview of some of the images here:

Speaking experience


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    Amber Case

    Hazelnut Consulting


    Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist and Consultant currently living in Portland, Oregon. She founded CyborgCamp, a conference on the future of humans and computers. She has spoken at various industry conferences including MIT’s Futures of Entertainment and Inverge: The Interactive Convergence Conference. She’s also spoken at Ignite Portland and Ignite Boulder. She’ll be presenting an Introduction to Cyborg Anthropology at Portland’s Webvisions 2009. She also writes for Discovery Channel’s

    Case specializes in information architecture, usability, online productivity, strategy, and ground-breaking communication methods. She is currently writing a book on applying anthropological techniques to better understand industry ecosystems. Find her on Twitter @caseorganic.

    Amber received her degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in this Spring with a thesis on “The Cell Phone and Its Technosocial sites of Engagement”.


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    Aaron Parecki



    Aaron Parecki is the co-founder of IndieWebCamp, a yearly conference on data ownership and online identity. He is the editor of the W3C Webmention and Micropub specifications, and maintains He has spoken at conferences around the world about owning your data, OAuth, quantified self, and even explained why R is a vowel.

    Aaron has tracked his location at 5 second intervals since 2008, and is the co-founder and former CTO of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. His work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company and more. He made Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 for his work on Geoloqi.

    You can learn more about Aaron at, and you can follow him on twitter at @aaronpk