Does Your Workplace Have a Sousveillance Policy?

Remember the good old days–like, last year–when all that most companies needed to know about their employee’s social media activity is that the company should have a policy about it?  Well, those halcyon days are long gone.  Now it’s only a matter of days before thousands of newly minted “Google Explorers” start wearing their Google[...]

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Augmented Reality as Free Speech – A First Amendment Analysis

Does the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protect the right to augment reality? As with most legal questions about augmented reality (or “AR”), we can’t answer definitively, because no court has yet considered the issue.  But with consumer-level digital eyewear just around the corner, we will soon be faced with questions just like[...]

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Staying Out of Trouble While Playing Augmented Reality Games

Not long ago, I had the opportunity to sit down for coffee with two high-ranked players of the popular AR game “Ingress.”   If you’re not familiar with the game, it’s a massively multi-player experience  shared by people across the globe.  Players organize themselves into thousands of cells aligned with one of two factions–the “Enlightenment”[...]

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[Video] Panel Discussion on AR Civil & Criminal Legal Issues from ARE2012

In the buildup to the 2013 Augmented World Expo in June, AugmentedReality.Org has posted on YouTube dozens of videos from last year’s event.  They are all fascinating and worth watching, including the fireside chat with best-selling novelist Daniel Suarez; the panel on AR eyewear;  ”7 Emerging Trends” from daqri CEO Brian Mullins; and many, many more.[...]

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5 Predictions for Augmented Reality Law in 2013 (and a Look Back at 2012)

As a public radio commentator once said, augmented reality has “been the Next Big Thing for a while now, although it never manages to become the Actual Current Big Thing.”  In keeping with this Sisyphean observation, we did not (yet) see quite as much development in either AR technology or the law governing its use in[...]

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Augmented Reality Gamer Detained By Police

For years now, in blog posts and in speeches across the country, I have been warning about the real-world implications of augmented reality games.  Primarily, I’ve focused on the risk of getting physically hurt while playing these virtual games. But I’ve also shared the story of an incident that happened only a few miles from[...]

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Augmented Reality Eyewear & the Problem of Porn [FROM THE ARCHIVES]

[This article was originally posted on May 2, 2012.] Regardless of your moral outlook, porn is a serious and growing sociological ill.  It may not be the same type of problem as crystal meth, child predators, or terrorism.  But it is a problem–and one that will get an order of magnitude worse when AR eyewear[...]

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AR Addiction: Could Augmented Reality Get Too Immersive? [FROM THE ARCHIVES]

Can you be trusted to design your own reality?   Immersed in the Digital World Augmented Reality technology is all about customizing the world around us.  Through video-enabled smartphone and tablet apps, and soon directly through eyewear, it overlays digital data over our perception of the physical world.  The virtual world gets layered directly on top of the[...]

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FTC Issues Best Practices for Facial Recognition Privacy

On October 22, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission released a report entitled “Facing Facts: Best Practices for Common Uses of Facial Recognition Technologies”.  The FTC has had its eye on this technology for a long time–at least since the workshop it held on the subject in December 2011–aware that it is being implemented by a[...]

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Patent Troll Launches Infringement Litigation War on Augmented Reality Retailers

Last week I described a wide-ranging patent that Zugara received for its virtual dressing room AR technology.  This week I discovered* a series of six patent infringement lawsuits that another company has filed against 10 separate defendants over their use of similar technology–including at least one site designed by Zugara.  The AR patent wars that[...]

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