Minors Using Location-Based AR Games

A multi-generational Ingress team in Hawaii (flickr/hawaii)

Location-based augmented reality games–which require players to be physically present at a location to see and interact with certain digital content–are growing in popularity.  But this mainstream appeal has led to some chance encounters that have some players wondering whether they could get in hot water for making the wrong sort of teammates. One case[…]

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Digital Eyewear for Law Enforcement


I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Bill Switzer, head of CopTrax, a division of Stalker Radar in Georgia.  CopTrax is making a name for itself as the first company to offer a software solution to law enforcement officers based on Google Glass. On Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, the Byron Police Department in Georgia–a loyal Stalker[…]

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Is the Pentagon Laying the Foundation of an Augmented World?


The U.S. military gets around. It is deployed in every time zone on Earth, and must be prepared to deliver munitions with precision anywhere in the world, whenever called upon.  So it built the Global Positioning System of satellites to provide reliable geospatial coordinates both on earth and in orbit, and networked its computers together[…]

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IP in an Augmented Reality (Podcast)

Earlier this month I presented to the Michigan Intellectual Property Lawyer’s Association on “IP in an Augmented Reality.”  This speech is similar to ones I’ve given to IP groups elsewhere in the country. In it, I discuss what augmented reality is, how it will affect our everyday activities in almost every facet of life, and[…]

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Floating Google Glass Stores? Unlikely. Instead, Follow the Patent.

Since October 25, when CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman first broke the story, the intertubes have been blowing up about the huge, mysterious barges that Google is apparently building in San Francisco, California and Portland, Maine.  (Will they find one orbiting Jupiter next?) This original story concluded that the San Francisco structure was most likely a “a sea-faring[…]

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Publicity Rights in Facial Recognition and Other Biometric Data

Widespread use of facial recognition technology is inevitable. To date, industry–leading companies have shown remarkable restraint in implementing such features. Google has banned facial recognition apps on its Glass headset, and Facebook has refrained from rolling out the technology to the degree that it could, although it’s inching further in that direction. But as digital[…]

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Walking in Snow: iBeacon, BLE, and Privacy


One of the lesser-heralded features in iOS7 is “iBeacon,” Apple’s implementation of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. To the extent anyone is talking about this yet, iBeacon has been seen as a rival to the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology used by Samsung, or a convenient way to pipe coupons into your phone.  But history[…]

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Another Augmented Reality Gamer Arrested–But With Good Reason?


News is spreading that a student at  H. L. Bourgeois High School in Gray, Louisiana was arrested last week after posting a YouTube video of himself using the AR app Real Strike to simulate a machine gun attack on his classmates.  As most AR technology does, Real Strike–which bills itself as the “First-Ever Augmented-Reality Gun App”–superimposes digital[…]

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Judge Scales Back Jury’s Award in First AR Patent Infringement Verdict

Back in July 2012, I reported on what appeared to be the first augmented reality patent infringement lawsuit: Tomita v. Nintendo.  That case has since gone to trial, with some interesting results. Plaintiff Tomita U.S. Patent No. 7,417,664, issued in August 2008 and titled “Stereoscopic image picking up and display system based upon optical axes cross-point information.”[…]

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Augmenting the Gun Debate

Gun control–or, more specifically, the inability to agree on any specific way to curb gun violence–has been one of this year’s biggest political issues.   Meanwhile, 3D printing technology is making it increasingly difficult to prevent individuals from making and owning their own firearms.  Soon, augmented reality technology could add another dimension to this debate[…]

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