Personal Jurisdiction: Can My AR App Get Me Sued in a Foreign State?

Picture this: a European software company writes an augmented reality program that allows people to discover information in their respective locales.  An end user in New Jersey downloads the app, and is injured while using it.   (Maybe it gives her bad directions that cause a traffic accident, or maybe it gives her improper instructions […]

Brian Mullins of daqri: The Man Who Would Democratize AR

  Brian Mullins is not a man who dreams small.  On his to-do list? Launching a publishing platform on the order of YouTube and WordPress, creating a new mass market for 3D digital models, and democratizing the nascent augmented reality industry so that anyone and everyone can start adding digital content to their physical world. […]

Everything Illuminated: Taggants as Ubiquitous AR Markers – Part 2

  In my previous post on this subject, I described a future in which “taggants” (trackable micro- or nano-sized particles) are everywhere–in the paint on a building, the fabric of our clothes, impregnated in the metal and plastic of our consumer goods and vehicles … even in clouds of dust.  A ubiquitous network of machine-recognizable […]

Employee Rights and Social Media – A Summary of NLRB Enforcement Activity

When can an employer go too far in punishing employees for their statements in social media? The National Labor Relations Board caused a stir in October 2010 by filing its first enforcement action related to social media.  Specifically, the Board alleged that American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc. violated federal labor law by terminating an […]

A Trillion Points of Light? Taggants as Ubiquitous AR Markers – Part 1

The concept of painting the world with tiny taggants is too big for one blog post.  In this first part, I’ll describe what I mean by “ubiquitous marking.”  In the second, I’ll outline some of the legal issues that such an approach might raise. The nearly universal sentiment of those who spoke at the recent […]