Augmented Reality Buzz: Google X Labs Project Glass

Do you remember those cool spy glasses you’d see in the movies? The ones that would let you map your way across unknown territory, talk to your friends, work on voice command, take pictures. Well it may not be so far out of your grasp. Google X Labs has been developing their their own futuristic, augmented reality spy glasses. It is a head-mounted display (HDM) that allows users to enjoy the perks of a smartphone using voice commands for en entirely hands-free experience. Users can call or text friends, take pictures and videos, map alternate routes to their destinations on Google maps, and so much more. Take a look at the video below and see the all the things you can do with with the Google HDM:



I think that it would be pretty interesting to see how this device would affect communication. Would it augment communication, or create a barrier? Imagine being on a date and thinking that your date is listening to your stories, only to find out they’re actually aren’t because they are preoccupied with the HDM. It is already bad enough that the world of text messaging is holding us back from one-on-one conversation.

The device itself is said to retail at approximately the same value as a high end smartphone ($250-$600), and is set to be available to the public near the end of 2012, according to a New York Times blog.

I’m still on the fence as to weather or not I would want one of these. I think it would be cool to try it out and pretend I’m in a mission impossible movie, but whether or not I would adapt to it instead of a tangible smartphone, I’m unsure. Time will tell. Keep up the good work Google.


The Da Vinci Legacy Lives on in the World of Busking

While working at Downtown Rideau during my internship, I have become more aware of public art around the city and the cultural phenomenon of busking. With today’s beautiful weather, the buskers are all out and about performing their music, art and other oddities that come with the territory.

One artist in particular caught my attention. Though I did not catch his name, I was able to learn of his travels around Europe and Canada where his canvases, silk screens, and sidewalk art have been created and sold to passerby’s. He showed me some of his previous works that he created while in Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, Paris, and Italy, on his camera. Some of those works included “The girl with a Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer, and some of his own artwork. His main artistic focus is the reproduction Leonardo Da Vinci’s classic paintings and drawings. Among his camera repertoire is the Mona Lisa. Currently he is in the process of reproducing the face of the Virgin Mary, as seen in Da Vinci’s “The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist”

A Busker's Work in Progress – The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist


Da Vinci's Original The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist
Credit: Wikipedia


I’ve always been a big fan of Da Vinci’s work, it really made my day to see it translated here in 2012 in Ottawa’s beautiful Downtown Rideau. I’m looking forward to seeing more artistic talent throughout the Spring and Summer!

Fresh Ink and High Gloss – Internship Update

As an advertising intern, most people expect that you will be taking some outrageous “non-fat half-sweet caramel latte orders,” doing some intensive filing, and kissing arse like nobody’s business. Although this might be reality for some, it is not the case for me, thank goodness.

I was accepted as a design and strategy intern at Downtown Rideau BIA in Ottawa. So far I am thoroughly enjoying working with such a great team. I’ve been designing my little heart out for the past two weeks, and now in my third week I get to see my work become public.

My first real printed work is my Underpass 2012 Season Poster. This high gloss beauty is located at the Underpass and William Mall in the Downtown Rideau district, featuring dates and times for entertainment down at Ottawa’s urban outdoor performance venue.

Me and my Underpass Poster

Me and my Underpass Poster

My Poster at the Underpass

My Poster at the Underpass

My second printed work is a handout for the “Downtown Patrol”, a program funded by Downtown Rideau BIA. The handout will be distributed to businesses in the district by the Downtown Patrol security guards to ensure that business owners know who to call and what to do in case of by-law and safety disruptions.

Downtown Patrol Handout

My Downtown Patrol Handout

Third, is a poster series (and matching handout) with the common By-Law and Safe Streets Act violations that are applicable to the Downtown Rideau District. The posters will have put up on posts on Rideau Street, and the handouts will be distributed to By-Law/Act violators by the Downtown Patrol.

My By-Law/ Safe Streets Act Posters

My By-Law/ Safe Streets Act Posters

Three published works in two weeks? Not bad for an intern I would say.  I have a few other works in progress including a couple logos, pamphlets and memos. Updates to come!