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AEC Hackathon - Taking the Architecture, Engineering,& Construction Industry into a new future

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November 8-10, 2013 was the very first AEC Hacktahon held at Facebook's Menlo Park campus.

A first for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction Industry, the AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that creates on-the-spot teams of technologists and industry stakeholders to shape the future of our built environment.

My goal of the event was to help the Architecture, Engineering, & Construction Industry go 'Tony Stark' for a weekend and the attendees of the event did just that. For my motives and thoughts pre-hackathon, see these earlier posts titled AEC Hackathon – Where Techies and Builders Change the World and Hacking a Building a Techies way. The event turned out better than I could have ever hoped for.

The 130+ people that attended came from all over the U.S. and represented firms of all sizes with a few coming from as far as Asia and Europe. I was blown away by the caliber of attendee, tech gadgets (Oculus Rifts, 3D printers, scanners, Google Glass), the amount of…

castAR - augmented reality glasses

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The interest in wearable computing thanks to products like Google Glass and the Pebble smart watch has created a boom of Kickstarter projects for augmented reality hardware. Joining the crowdsource club is castAR from Technical Illusions.

Technical Illusions was founded by chip wizard Jeri Ellsworth and game programmer vet Rick Johnson. Jeri Ellsworth is best known for creating a Commodore 64 emulator within a joystick. It ran 30 video games from the early 1980s, and was very popular during the 2004 Christmas season, at peak selling over 70,000 units in a single day. Johnson most recent work was at Valve working on hit games like Left 4 Dead , Portal 2, and DOTA. The experienced duo combined forces upon leaving Valve to focus on developing the new augmented reality technology. “We believe that augmented reality is the future not only in gaming, but ultimately the new user interface in computer technology.”

Information from their Kickstarter page:



How does it work?
 castAR's projec…