When Cars Talk to Each Other, Will Driver Privacy Suffer?

Your privacy interest in the data collected by your car may seem like an abstract issue. After all, we typically think of such data being stored, if at all, within the vehicle itself. But what about when cars begin shouting their identifying information to the world? That’s exactly what’s about to start happening. In December […]

Get 45% Off Tickets to Augmented World Expo 2017

Are you considering attending AWE 2017 in Santa Clara? If so, use my unique discount code AWE7WASSOM to get 45% off tickets. AWE is the largest annual event dedicated to augmented reality and the technology that supports to augmented world, such as virtual reality, wearables, and the Internet of Things.

Game On: Candy Lab AR Files First Amendment Challenge to Milwaukee’s Pokemon Go-Inspired Ordinance

The first shot in the battle for free speech rights in augmented reality has been fired–and I’m proud to be the one who pulled the trigger. In prior posts, I have tracked Milwaukee County’s proposal and adoption of an ordinance regulating location-based augmented reality games. Written as a knee-jerk reaction to the number of people visiting […]

We’ll Be Right Back After This Short Break

Dear loyal readers, You won’t see any updates to Wassom.com or Augmented Legality® for the next 2-3 weeks. That’s only because I’m shaking things up a bit with the blog, both publicly and behind the scenes, and those helping me need some time to make that happen. Don’t worry–I’ll still be blogging. I am continually […]

Why Lego Batman Disses Iron Man in His Movie, But Not in the Trailers

Being the father of a five-year-old son, my first order of business last weekend was to see the new Lego Batman Movie. (Confession: I would have gone anyway.)  Also because of the aforementioned son, I’ve seen every trailer for this film that’s been released over the past year. So I noticed when lines of dialogue […]

The Time Judge Gorsuch Brought Copyright Law Into the 21st Century

Good news: the newest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court gets copyright law, including how it does–and doesn’t–apply to emerging forms of digital media. The 10th Circuit’s 2008 decision in Meshwerks v Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.–which Judge Neil Gorsuch wrote–is one I’ve cited in this blog several times. Of course, it’s one that comes to mind […]

No Pokemon For You?

Pokemon Go Declared a Threat to Chinese Society, But Gets a Reprieve in Milwaukee

It’s been a busy month in governmental regulation of augmented reality. First, the U.S. Senate held its first hearings on AR. Then Milwaukee County threatened to go off the rails by restricting the publication of location-based AR apps. And now this: the People’s Republic of China has just banned Chinese citizens from using the popular […]

Milwaukee, Pokemon Go, and the First Amendment

Is the City's New Ordinance a Step Too Far?

I have been warning for years of an upcoming clash between First Amendment free speech rights and the regulation of augmented reality content. Now it looks like that day may have arrived. The Milwaukee Record reports that, yesterday morning, “members of the Milwaukee County Board unanimously recommended for approval a proposed ordinance that would make […]

Congress Praises AR’s Potential and Will Try to Stay Out of Its Way

Breaking Down the Senate's First Hearing on Augmented Reality

“They weren’t just playing a game; they were experiencing augmented reality.” That’s how North Dakota Senator and Committee Chairman John Thune summarized the experience of Pokemon Go players in remarks that opened Congress’ first hearing on augmented reality Wednesday. And it was an apt summary of the hearing itself. Before hearing testimony from five witnesses, […]

The First Congressional Hearing on Augmented Reality

When I launched my Augmented Legality blog in 2011, I didn’t know anyone outside a very select group of entrepreneurs and technologists who even knew what augmented reality was. But I shared with the members of that then-fledgling industry a vision that AR would soon revolutionize society as much as the internet had already done. […]