Fun and Games

As the Commonwealth Games roll into Glasgow there are a lot of changes at the Linknode offices. It is time for an update on what is happening outwith VentusAR app news.

Internally, we have welcomed Calum McRae to the team in the Sales and Business Development role. Calum has been meeting customers, preparing meetings and developing contacts – as well as learning all our systems and solutions. If you haven’t heard from Calum, you should soon or feel free to be in touch directly.

We have started on a range of research and development projects to further our capabilities, build new skills and capacities of our solutions and ultimately provide greater benefit and systems to our partners and clients.
In collaboration with the School of the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University we have been working with Dr Frederic Bosche on a proposal to extend some of their innovative techniques for urban visualisation onto our sensor-assisted mobile platforms.

Closer to home, the Strathclyde University Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) is now swathed in glass cladding. The green-space shown on the web links has emerged from the mud and our view is transformed from a building site into a city garden.
Murals have also appeared on the buildings at Strathclyde University that surround us, including this beautiful section of a work by Ejek / Rogue-one.
Mural

Summer has also brought all the usual media madness. An example is the raft of press furore that accompanies anything that Apple register with the US Patent Office. This time it was a “Transparent Texting” innovation. Though widely debunked by prior art in newsgroups, Linknode can reference our own earlier published works with TransparenTXT. One of our early proof-of-concept video streaming technology research that now delivers part of the live camera feed into Augmented Reality apps.

In similar vein, a tool that we developed for Windows Phone has now become a mainstream part of the Operating System. MegaTile has now become possible in a much wider context using Start Screen backgrounds.
We continue to use Windows Phone as a rapid application development platform as it’s support for .NET, excellent engineering tools and an affordable range of devices.

Finally, we continue to develop and support browser-based geospatial solutions using free and open-source for Geospatial (FOSS4G) technology, and in particular FDO and MapGuide. This month I was voted onto the MapGuide Project Steering Committee (PSC) and look forward to being able to work with the other members in supporting and developing the future shape.

We will have some exciting product news coming into August – stay tuned…