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#AugmentedReality @ Dunedin

Comment received from Stu Fleming.
September 28, 2010 at 9:53 pm

. . . can finally talk about it.

Renee Lee came up with a gem of an idea – to provide an augmented reality experience of Dunedin’s heritage, arts and culture. This was presented at the Hearings into potential reuse of Carisbrook.

Working as a collaborative, Tim Calder, Renee, Pierre-Em de la Bussiere and I have developed and refined the idea to include the development of an augmented reality platform that will enable users to roam around the city, seeing rich images of the history of buildings, locations and getting a real fun, engaging experience with the city as a whole.

We back this up with a free wireless access layer that has been quietly constructed this year to provide coverage across a large portion of the central city and suburbs by my company (WIC). This allows us to deliver huge amounts of digital data onto the platform at very low cost.

The potential of this platform is enormous. We believe it is groundbreaking. We are extremely pleased to have been granted project funding through the EDU’s Industry Project Fund, announced today.

Renee will be the project lead to drive this through to delivery while local company iVisit will develop the platform.

Renee’s blog post on this:
http://blog.worknow.co.nz/2010/09/dun-edin-augmented-reality/

Wicked Networks/WIC media release:
http://www.wickednetworks.co.nz

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### ODT Online Wed, 29 Sep 2010
Tech initiatives get $300,000 DCC funding
By David Loughrey
A new smartphone application that will give tourists and Dunedin residents a direct view into the past is one of three technology-based business initiatives to get almost $300,000 from the Dunedin City Council. The Dunedin augmented reality industry project will allow people to use the camera on their phone to view Dunedin scenes, then overlay that with historic views showing, for instance, the old stock exchange building, cable cars on High St or videos showing the construction of newer facilities like the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
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Dunedin’s newest MP and the hot potato

Or the tale of Cr Walls’ surprise.

### ODT Online Tue, 28 Sep 2010
Calvert sparks row with Walls
By David Loughrey
Only days into her tenure as Act’s latest MP, Hilary Calvert has become embroiled in a spat with a Dunedin city councillor over her criticism of the city council. Cr Richard Walls yesterday took a swipe at Ms Calvert, describing as unprecedented her comments criticising the Dunedin City Council’s support for the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
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The interview:

### ODT Online Sat, 25 Sep 2010
Calvert called upon to Act
By Mark Price
The seat in Parliament left vacant this week by the resignation of Act New Zealand MP David Garrett will be filled by Dunedin Act list MP Hilary Calvert. Ms Calvert is a mother of three, a qualified but non-practising lawyer and the landlord of, among other things, one of Dunedin’s massage parlours. She thinks, but is not certain, that she stood for Parliament for the first time in 2002, she believes she has no criminal convictions but will be checking with police just to be sure and she owns quite a chunk of Oturehua. Mark Price spoke to her during the week.
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Cities: Wellington, or Dunedin?

I doubt the Dunedin stadium’s pulling power in attracting new residents. It’s ugly, it’s essentially redundant and its intimidating bulk will hinder people-friendly development of the surrounding area. –Meg Davidson

### ODT Online Mon, 27 Sep 2010
Let us, too, become the city of the verb, not expletive
By Meg Davidson
Dunedin resident Meg Davidson laments opportunities lost and asks if the city could follow Wellington’s lead.
Last month my daughter was lost to Dunedin. I was with her in Wellington, the new object of her affections, when she was seduced and I, a passionate Dunedinite, was seized by the same unexpected delight in the city I hadn’t visited for three decades.
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We’re almost there, inside our final year – and nothing our dwindling band of critics say will deflect us from our primary purpose: to deliver, on time, on budget and fit for purpose, New Zealand’s first roofed, multipurpose performance venue and something all can be proud of. –Malcolm Farry

### ODT Online Mon, 27 Sep 2010
Something we can all be proud of
By Malcolm Farry
Carisbrook Stadium Trust chairman Malcolm Farry reflects on the journey towards building the “the best stadium in New Zealand”.
When I was asked in 2004 to lead an investigation into an upgrade for Carisbrook, the challenge was to investigate and recommend the best option that would produce most benefits to Dunedin and the region.
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● Malcolm Farry is the chairman of Carisbrook Stadium Charitable Trust.

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Naylor Love Construction centennial history

### ODT Online Sat, 25 Sep 2010
Builders of a city
By Mark Price
It is the architects who usually get the glory for Dunedin’s cityscape – Troup for the railway station, Lawson for the municipal chambers, Campbell for the courthouse, and so on. But beyond those famous names are two others that have endured through much of the building of Dunedin.

They are Naylor and Love – both small-time builders when they began 100 years ago but combined now as New Zealand’s fourth-largest construction company. Mark Price has been browsing the pasts of the two original Dunedin companies with Rosemarie Patterson, the author of Naylor Love Construction’s centennial history, A Bob Both Ways.
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www.naylorlove.co.nz

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Monorail #NZ.idea

### nbr.co.nz Saturday September 25, 2010 – 05:00am
NZ monorail start-up gets $US1million from Google
By NBR staff
Google has recognised Auckland monorail start-up Shweeb, making it one of five companies worldwide to be awarded $US1 million in its $US10 million 10^100 competition.

In return for its $US1 million injection, Google has taken a 25% stake in Shweeb, with the proviso that any profits made by the internet company will go to a charitable trust for the betterment of public transport.

Shweeb, founded in 2006, is run by Remuera managing director Peter Cossey and Rotorua inventor Geoff Barnett. Its human-powered monorail concept sees a Futurama-style capsule combined with reclining cycle technology.
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Schweeb Monorail Technology

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www.project10tothe100.com

Project 10^100 by Google is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible.

Thousands of people from more than 170 countries submitted over 150,000 ideas. From that group, Google narrowed it to the final 16 ideas for public vote.

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Real architecture from Nick. Yuss.

Tweet:

@CampbellLiveNZ Airport’s extension labelled ‘The Rock’ http://ow.ly/197NJ9

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Thu, 23 Sep 2010 7:00p.m.

Down in Wellington they’re busy trying to reinforce their reputation as the creative capital. The latest venture is called “The Rock”.

No it’s not a movie, a wearable arts costume or a radio station.

It’s the $36 million extension to the international terminal at Wellington Airport. It opens in a month.

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design daily: preserving our heritage buildings

Why it’s imperative central government is involved in preserving our heritage buildings

Very interesting article by Dierdre Robert over at www.designdaily.co.nz which has quickly become one of my fav sites in NZ. There is always a great article to read there relevant to New Zealand, which lets face it has been difficult to come across in the past. Design Daily is an off shoot of Idealog magazine – which if you aren’t a subscriber to you should be.

“With the Government’s announcement that it will contribute $10 million in addition to local funding to assist with the repair, restoration and strengthening of heritage and character buildings in the Canterbury region, comes news that three buildings on Wellington’s Willis street—all over 100 years old—are being demolished, without any public notification.”

Full article here…

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