For a glimpse of the lighter side of our sensor-driven future, check out a new 3-D social networking application called Sekai Camera (sekai means “world” in Japanese).
“Sekai Camera fuses output from the GPS, accelerometer, compass and camera into a 3-D augmented reality,” said iSuppli Corp. analyst Jérémie Bouchard. “Sekai Camera is a kind of giant Facebook hanging in midair [on the phone’s screen] around objects in 3-D. In Japan, 10 percent of iPhones downloaded it in the first four days after it became available.”
When using Sekai Camera, you merely aim your cell phone’s camera around your location and watch your screen for information to pop up that other Sekai Camera users have left at the same locale.
Using geotagging, Sekai Camera users can, for instance, stand outside a movie theater and leave a review of the movie they just saw. Other users can then read the review on the spot before they buy a ticket, just by pointing a phone at the theater.
Such apps could eventually overlay user-generated tactical information on everything in view—a crowdsourced version of the “Terminator” robot’s perspective.