The Machines are watching, US! ... and it’s a good thing.


I will dig into how the UI as we know is about to change forever. With the mass market release of new camera’s that can see in 3D. In other words imagine a web camera that can see depth without all those little white dots. Now this may not seem like such revolutionary news but just listen to some of the things this allows.

  • Control applications using hand gesture
  • Control games using any intuitive body gesture
  • Combine personal 3D image in the game scene
  • Playing sports games and actually be engaged in physical exercise
  • Using hands gestures in order to cast a spell, fire a fireball, pick up objects or any other gaming activity previously required a pointing device such as a mouse
  • Participate in fighting games by actually kicking and punching your opponents with your hands and legs
  • Get into shape: an aerobics virtual trainer can monitor your actual pace and analyze the way you perform exercises in order to deliver a truly interactive and effective training experience
  • A virtual golf trainer can actually analyze your swings and interactively provide improvement instructions and advices
  • Conference from home, but look as if you are in the office or at the beach
  • Locate your presentation slides behind you, so that you can point at a graph etc.
  • Immerse yourself in video clips, films or games
  • Replace mouse and keyboard
  • Control home appliances using hand gestures
  • Real-time face tracking
  • Tracked person separation from background
  • Face detection independent of light conditions and face direction
  • Triggering safe deployment of airbags
  • Driver fatigue detection
  • Warning drivers about potential collisions
  • 3D vision for robots
  • 3D vision for the blind and in-body operations

Are you having Minority Report flashbacks yet? It’s time to get PDX in the know and Ignite the mental energy of this amazing community creating the new stories, software, solutions and possibilities of this coming shift in how we interact with our machines and each other.

John Anthony Hartman


My Name is John Anthony Hartman and I am the President of a company called Feedia .

I was very fortunate to have had family that owned a computer store in 1981 this kindled the spark that now burns throughout my life. From desktop to server and all the topology in-between I have worked the full spectrum of the Information Technology. I have been working with connected networks since before the web existed. 300 baud modems and the like back when BBS was the WWW of its time.

Inspired by Rheingold and Lanier I had a stint as a Virtual Reality consultant back in the mid 90’s. This was an unbelievable time and some of the technologies I saw back then still have yet to come to maturity, if you really want to understand this space watch what DARPA, NASA or what the Military is doing. The world was not ready for VR on the consumer end and I moved into my other passion at the time this little thing that Tim was working on called the World Wide Web.

I worked with Intel early on beta testing some of the very first “web” servers and developed what I have to guess were some of the very first Intranets.

I ran a consulting firm prior to the dot bomb and then took an offer I could not refuse from one of my clients that I was doing Y2K consulting for.

I then went on to become the Sr. Network Engineer for an international company with 30 subsidiaries where I modernized that network. I was responsible for entire corporate network including LAN, WAN, and Internet presence. I researched, proposed, and implemented new technologies as well as maintaining legacy systems. I worked with government agencies and major corporations on a litany of projects in the IT space and one day decided it was time for a change.

I left and went to work on a project that is trying to change the world by creating the Digital Universe. Based in part on Carl Sagan’s borrowed idea from the writings of Isaac Asimov that someday there may exist an Encyclopedia Galactica. “The Digital Universe aims to be the definitive repository of human knowledge online.” I ended up as the Technology Evangelist for the Digital Universe Foundation (DUF) where I worked with major scientific organizations and universities to create next generation vetted internet content. Developing Semantic web strategies and helping to evolve the Digital Universe from a customized Mozilla browser hooked to a PostgreSQL DB to a browser independent platform using Dojo Ajax framework and a customized Media Wiki implementation called the Encyclopedia of Earth.

This was an amazing project to work with but the itch of entrepreneurialism in me needed to be scratched and thus I stepped back from the DUF and started my own company around social media and this new web 2.0 space. I also wanted to jump into the metaverse space and extend my experience from projects like creating a prototype for 3D data visualization of information about the Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster in 2004 and present that data overlaid onto a globe in web browser. Looking at platforms like Second Life, Google Earth and others to start developing what some are referring to as web 3.0.