"Ok glass, check cow status"

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Dairy farmers can use Google Glass to receive updates about the status of their cows while they continue manual labour and work with both hands. Every cow that passes by during milking is recognised by Google Glass, either by QR codes on their collars, or via voice recognition when the farmer speaks the cow’s unique number: “Ok glass, check cow status, 256”.

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Information about a specific cow is then projected onto the glass, for example the amount of milk the cow produced that day, the fertility status or the amount of food the cow has eaten. The cows are wearing sensors, which provide the farmer with real-time updates about when a cow is suspiciously overactive, has a change of body temperature or a break in her eating pattern.

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Farmer Teunis van de Zandschulp testing Google Glass on his dairy farm

Vets and Google Glass
Vets too can benefit from using a Google Glass at their work. When a vet does a pregnancy scan they bring in a sensor inside the cow to see the echo. While bringing in the sensor they need to check the scan case that is usually attached to their shoulder.
Using Google Glass they can view the echo projected onto the glass via a Bluetooth connection to the scan case. Besides the echo, the vet can view useful information such as the date of insemination or the days of lactation.

Google Glass projects

I am one of the few lucky ones to be able to try this in the Google Glass Explorers program

I am working together with Lava Lab and Sander Veenhof on some Google Glass projects, concepts and experiments; we will post more details soon.

Virtual story of resistance

AugmentNL (a collaboration of Sander Veenhof, Luciano Pinna and me) worked on a project for the Liberation festival on the 5th of May on ‘De Dam’.

The project was based on a story of the resistance group ‘De Vonk’. In 1942, when the Jews were forced to wear the Jewish star badges, De Vonk printed pamphlets with this star and the text “Jew and non Jew, we are one in this battle”. They threw them of the roof of the Bijenkorf, just in front of the buildings of the SS and other German offices.

We created a virtual act of resistance by throwing virtual pamphlets from the building of the Bijenkorf using mobile Augmented Reality. My part of the project was to design the experience and interactions, design of the pamphlet and sound design.

imageOn the 5th of May the project was opened during the opening speech of the Liberation festival and was called an important new monument on Dam square.

The project became really interesting. It was another confirmation on how powerful a story can become when you tell this on the location where the story is about. But also a virtual layer on top of the real world makes an interesting connection between history, physical and virtual world. I discovered a new enthusiastic audience not used to mobile AR, mostly elderly people, who acted amazed by experiencing the virtual act of resistance themselves.

Client: Amsterdams 4 en 5 mei comité project Huizen van Verzet
More information: Virtueel verhaal van verzet 

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Hackers & Founders talk

Zo niet, dan toch' was asked to do a presentation at the monthly Hackers & Founders Meetup. The main question was to tell a bit about the Google Glass, our experience at The Next Web Conference with the real and fake glasses and our view on it.

Sander and I created a presentation of our experience with the fake and real Glass, how we can experience AR through an AR glass in the future and how we are all becoming cyborgs. 
I’ll soon add a link to SlideShare!

Zo niet, dan toch!

Zo niet, dan toch is a project of Sander Veenhof and me. It contains a mobile hackathon (June 29th) and a virtual festival (September 7th).

Zo niet, dan toch festival is an one day festival in Amsterdam Noord. The festival will show new ways of experiencing existing art forms in the virtual space. The festival will take place in virtual space, a space without limitations and with new oppurtunities. 

Zo niet, dan toch shows you this virtual space by presenting it as a new (art)platform in Amsterdam. The festival stimulates the exchange of knowledge between designers, artists and developers by getting them together to work on new projects in a hackathon. The virtual content of the festival will be accessible only by your phone. 

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Are you an:

artist?
developer?
musician?
philosopher?
architect?
historian?
designer?
Apply now for the hackathon! Your project can become part of the festival.  www.zonietdanto.ch

Participant at TNW conference

The NextWeb conference 2013 asked ‘Zo niet, dan toch' to participate in the conference. They asked us specifically about the 3D printed Google Glasses, because of the presentation of Robert Scoble with the real Google Glass. We were asked to hand out some fake glasses to create a buzz at the conference. We created a special ‘Zo niet, dan toch’ 3D printed glasses.image

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DJ Glass

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At the hackathon of ‘Zo niet, dan toch’ on June 29th we will have a Google Glass present so we hope to hack some AR on Glass. 

Robert Scoble trying a new design of Glass

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Transvormersfestival: PeepWall

At the Transvormersfestival in Het Volkskrantgebouw (‘broedplaats’ in Amsterdam Oost) I presented the project PeepWall together with James Bryan Graves. James and I share an office in het Volkskrantgebouw and were asked to participate in the festival.

PeepWall is a historical snapshot of the Volkskrantgebouw before it’s transformation into a hotel. James and I were always wondering what is happening inside all these studio’s and offices in Volkskrantgebouw. So many different disciplines in the building, but it’s not visible at all. We went on a guerrilla tour through the building to make quick snapshots of the different studios from the inside.

I created a poster of the Volkskrantgebouw and James and I used fiducials as recognizable images on the poster and in the app. Visitors were able to have a look themselves inside the building by ‘peeping’ in the windows of the Volkskrantgebouw poster with their smartphone. We used augmented reality for the pictures to get visible inside the windows of the Volkskrantgebouw.

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3D printing & AR

Sander Veenhof and I were involved in a presentation about Augmented Reality, together with DUS architects. DUS showed some samples of the first tests of their 3D printed house together with Rooie Joris (€perminutedesign). We asked him to 3D print us a Google Glass. We tried some different colors and decided to make an almost realistic version with a twist.

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I was in a meeting with Sander in a coffee place, we decided to wear the glasses that day to see how people will react to this, will they get bothered because they feel we are photographing or filming them? An American guy asked if he was allowed to take a picture of us. We discovered he is an editor for the big tech blog the Verge and we got featured on their blog. Read the article here. We also discovered further in the day that Amsterdammers are not really bothered by this new cyborg look :)

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Sander contintued on the subject by creating a Google Glass Screensaver experience and a DIY Glass experiment.