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 <w...@pobox.com> wrote:
> I've set up a Code4Lib 2013 layer in the Android/iOS augmented reality 
> application Layar [1] 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 [2].
> 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 [3], and the code is here:
>       https://github.com/wdenton/laertes
> 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,
> Bill
> [1] http://www.layar.com/
> [2] 
> https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=213549257652679418473.0004ce6c25e6cdeb0319d&msa=0
> and 
> https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208580427660303662074.0004d00a3e083f4d160a4&msa=0
> [3] 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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