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GeoVector: The Power of Pointing - Lightning Talk

Peter Ellenby, Director, New Media, GeoVector Corporation

Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 4:10pm - 4:15pm
Location: Imperial Ballroom

GeoVector has invented an interface for mobile devices that allows users to point at objects in the real world in order to identify them or to receive information about them. Currently available to consumers in Japan, this pointing interface vastly simplifies mobile device use and local search applications. Using knowledge of the phone’s position and the direction in which it is being pointed, the user can select a particular object (or spot on the earth) to gather data about or interact with it. The pointing interface provides users with more control, allows them to execute a request for information using one hand only, and significantly reduces the number of clicks required to attain the desired information. This interface is simplifying a variety of existing location applications such as concierge and mapping and is enabling an entirely new set of applications.

Our presentation will explore traditional pointing-enabled applications such as those currently shipping to Japan as well as unique applications that are now being designed. We will present a few examples of both consumer and enterprise applications. Some of the pointing applications featured in our presentation are local search and pedestrian guidance, immersive gaming, social interaction, location based blogging, travel and auto photo labeling, history, real estate, user solicited marketing, real-world bookmarking, and security.