Sweet! I had deleted Layar last year because I didn't see any use of keeping it on the phone after toying with it a bit at Access a couple years ago. This sounds like a quite promising use. Thanks for setting it up, Bill.
On Jan 31, 2013, at 9:58 PM, William Denton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I've set up a Code4Lib 2013 layer in the Android/iOS augmented reality
> application Layar  to do something that I think---I hope---will add an
> interesting and fun element to the conference.
> You can use it to scan around the city to see two kinds of things: 1)
> tweets using the #c4l13 or #code4lib hashtag (if the tweets are geolocated
> so they can be nailed to a point) and 2) points of interest from the
> shared Google Maps that have been set up .
> During the day all of the tweets will be coming from everyone at the UIC
> Forum, so that's not too interesting ... but I hope that outside the
> conference times, when people are all over Chicago, they'll be tweeting,
> and that's when you might wonder, "Where's everyone at?" and you can hold
> up your phone, look around, and see that a bunch of folks are two blocks
> over there at a blues club and another bunch are up over there trying
> obscure beers and someone else posted a picture of an LP she just bought
> down the block, and that a comic book store someone recommended is a half
> mile that way.
> It's an Code4Lib-augmented view of Chicago: you look around and see what
> we're all doing and where we're hanging out, and all the places we're
> interested in or recommend.
> To try it out, intall Layar on your phone, then run it, click to go into
> Geo Layers mode, and search for "code4lib 2013". Launch the layer and
> look around. You probably won't see anything around you, but next time you
> tweet something with #c4l13 (and the tweet is geolocated so you're sharing
> your latitude and longitude) it will show up.
> So, if you want to try it, add points to the Google Maps, and when
> you're in Chicago, tweet!
> I don't know how well it will work, but please test it and try it, because
> I think if it does turn out it will be a lot of fun.
> It can work for any conference or event. The program driving this is
> Laertes , and the code is here:
> It's pretty straightforward, and if you're comfortable running a modern
> Ruby web app then to make your own layer it's just a matter of some basic
> configuration at Layar's web site and customizing Laertes by editing a
> hash tag in a config file. Or maybe I could host it for you, for a while
> at least.
> See you soon,
>  http://www.layar.com/
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> and https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208580427660303662074.0004d00a3e083f4d160a4&msa=0
>  As in Odysseus's father, who was one of the Argonauts and did a fair
> bit of travelling, and because his name has "layer" in it.
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