“If I had a share of AOL for every time someone said the same thing about how no one would use the Web because it was too nerdy and AOL was so cool and easy, I’d have millions of shares, and they’d be worth basically nothing.”
I could not attend in person but i gave a speech via Skype at AR Dev Camp in Frankfurt today. The talk was about my augmented reality projects, user experience in AR and open standards for sustainable AR.
I was surprised to read my name in the current Der Spiegel’s cover story about Google. They wrote about privacy issues of today’s mobile phones and used TwittARound as an example. That’s great because TwittARound’s intention is social criticism, too.
From today on the original augmented reality Twitter viewer TwittARound for the iPhone 3GS is finally available in Apple’s App Store. TwittARound shows current Tweets around your location right at the spot they were written via augmented reality. First demonstrated in July 2009 it was the first augmented reality application for the iPhone showing real time social network data.
TwittARound is finished for weeks and ready for the App Store. Unfortunately it’s been rejected by Apple several times over minor UI misunderstandings. But the current submission should be accepted in the next days.
The App review process is getting better but it’s still a mess. A lot of other developers are complaining about it, too. In parts it’s necessary to guarantee working and stable applications. But in the end it slows innovation. It reminds me of the bureaucracy of a German Amtstube (office).