Semantic-based cloud and data management vendor fluidOps has an interesting project underway with Google Glass, which would bring its technology to the wearable computer to help conference attendees explore information about the event they’re at and their fellow participants.
With funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and in cooperation with the Department of Computer Science of the University of Freiburg, the project began this spring. The effort will build upon fluidOps’ existing Conference Explorer web app, which took second place in the Metadata Challenge held as part of the WWW conference last year. Conference Explorer is based on the company’s Information Workbench, a Web-based open platform for the development of Linked Data solutions, and was designed to give users ways to explore events and augment data about them with information from external sources like social networks.
The mobile conference assistant project goes by the name Durchblick, and for Google Glass or head-mounted displays “it takes the information corpus we already have and provides context-sensitive information to the end user,” Dr. Michael Schmidt, fluidOps’ architect, research and development, told The Semantic Web Blog at the Semantic Technology and Business conference held earlier this month.