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 […]

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. […]

Pokestops, Go Away – The Backlash Against Augmented Reality Gamers

2015-10-06 18.13.32The Kölner Dom Cathedral in Cologne, Germany has survived war, plague, and decay. Built in the 12th Century, it was the only major building in the city to survive the Allied carpet bombing in World War II. But the cathedral and its caretakers now stand against new invaders: hordes of Pokemon Go players.

Pokemon GO and the Crisis on an Infinitely Augmented Earth

In the classic comic book series Crisis on Infinite Earths, thousands of worlds collided. Prior to that title, virtually all of the various stories told and characters created by DC’s various comics were said to take place within parallel dimensions of the same universe. This convenient device allowed the “Golden Age” superhero stories from mid-century comic books […]

Boston Globe Anticipates Augmented Reality Privacy Issues

A few hours before I left for the airport to attend this week’s Augmented World Expo 2016, I received a call from Boston Globe tech reporter Hiawatha Bray. We had a great and detailed conversation about several of the legal issues that AR-enabled smart glasses will raise, including personal injury concerns, intellectual property issues, and e-commerce regulations. It’s […]

Save 40% on the 2016 Augmented World Expo

The Augmented World Expo is the premier annual event for all the latest developments in augmented reality, virtual reality, and wearable technology. Back for its seventh year, over 4,000 attendees from all over the world–including a mix of CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors, and press–will have a fantastic opportunity to learn, inspire, partner, and […]