CrowdOptic, the San Francisco-based developer of crowd-powered mobile apps is partnering with the respected researchers at Carnegie Mellon University at their Silicon Valley campus to perfect "smart" technology that could soon find its way into the hands of first responders, early adopters when it comes to wearable technology and security at events and stadiums all across the country.
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley researchers are hard at work on practical technology that will gives users a "smart environment" to live and work in. Using CrowdOptic's focus-based technology, this could end up being a powerful resource for many.
Including those that may be wearing Google Glass.
"Wearable devices are going to change the way people interact with maps," explains CrowdOptic's CEO Jon Fisher. "Routes and directions will need to be delivered visually to quite literally point the way and they will need to continually adjust in real time to always reflect the safest, most efficient path."
To make this all happen, Fisher said a term called "breadcrumbing" comes into play.
Breadcrumbing is a process where a GPS-enabled device collects and stores information like your route, your location and you end of seeing it on a map as a bunch of "breadcrumbs" that are really position markers.
Think turn-by-turn directions, or a detailed summary of your trip.
Other factors and information can also be gathered.
CrowdOptic has patented this technology (U.S. Patent No. 8,527,340) that collects this information, called "shifts" where people are looking through their wearable electronic devices like Google Glass and others.
CrowdOptic sees this technology being able to power applications that would be useful in areas where there is a large gathering like a concert or sporting event. Think how first responders could use this to get to an area where their might be a disturbance or a disaster.
"We see opportunities to use augmented reality to overlay important information from sensors, people, and building services, precisely targeted to where the individual is looking. This will significantly enhance users' experiences, while optimizing service delivery," explains Dr. Steven Rosenberg, Associate Director of CMU Silicon Valley.
With CrowdOptic now working with Carnegie Mellon in Silicon Valley, the possibilities are endless.
See more about CrowdOptic at www,crowdoptic.com.