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Star Wars: Falcon Gunner – Don’t get cocky!

One of the coolest (geekiest?) applications of Handheld AR is the Star Wars: Falcon Gunner, announced from Vertigore and twitted-about all over the place.

Star Wars: Falcon Gunner

Now, why we think this is so cool?

Well, for starters, this is about Star Wars. And not just any part of it but the umber-coolness of being a gunner in the Millenium Falcon. But equally as important is the fact that the game seems to be an prime example of an AR application that does not require so stringent registration to the surroundings. After all the TIE fighters come from all over the place! Not sure about the sense of depth though…

How about Programming in Windows Mobile 7

Development, development … oh and don’t forget development. On one hand you have the massive application development for Apple devices, on the other hand the rapidly increasing Android community. It seems I am missing something though …

Oh yes, Windows mobility … Strange it slipped my mind. I can remember Windows Mobile since forever … mmm … maybe 2003. A colleague back then had bought a Motorola cell with Windows running on it ! It looked nothing like the slim fancy devices that we see on the market now but it surely was the subject of the week.

Windows mobile have come a long way since then (version 7 was introduced recently), and yet the OS is not “fashionable” or “trendy” any more. And it is not like you cannot find any tools to develop “stuff”. Visual Studio Express is free to download and use & the Silverlight and XNA 2D frameworks are well supported.

Above all a great gift from the Windows Phone 7 team at Microsoft to the programming community came out: A free e-Book of 1000 Pages. You can download it using the following link:


It seems that the battle of mobility is not going to end. And when it comes to subjects like AR and mobile devices, well, I am not sure I even want to go there. An endless battle which hopefully is going to last for many years.

The 4th Annual Mashable Awards

Nominate your favourite company, person, site, gadget or synthetic-toy (!) in the 4th Annual Mashable Awards.


On a more important not, get to see what other people are using these days through their ‘tech’ activities!

Jack Benoff on the practicality of moble AR

Some good points on the practicality of mobile AR from Jack Bennof. Got the article here. One of the things that intrigue me with current mobile AR – particularly commercial endeavors – is how the deal with intrinsic issues related to AR, such as registration, depth of view and if HMDs are used ocular and non-ocular symptoms from their use.

Will come back into those in the future here or on Synthetic-toys.

Google Goggles on iPhone

Google Goggles are available for iPhone, after Android. Using your smartphone’s camera you can ‘detect’ landmarks and get information about them. Any form of ‘target-less’ traking and landmark detection is imho towards the right way.

Check here…