Portholes & Plumbing: How AR Erases Boundaries

Position Paper for W3C Workshop: Augmented Realityon the Web, Barcelona 2010 by Christopher Burman & Usman Haque.



In this paper we make the case that future AR standards should focus on facilitating communications between disparate realities rather than defining how, when or where they are experienced and that standards should be designed expressly to encourage lateral approaches in reality design. In this context, we provide a brief overview of Pachube.com, a web service for storing and sharing sensor, energy and environmental data and the augmented reality application Porthole that helps people make sense of that data.