Just got back from the last conference I had this year. Getting back from holidays is always sad. You know. But this time its a different kind of sadness. After last years Flash on The Beach I was invited to several conferences in different countries and even different parts of the world. I guess the subject of my session was quite new for all that conferences and that’s why it got so much attention. No doubt I was very happy to travel around to meet lots of old friends and find new ones, but after couple of events I started to realize that something is wrong.
The problem is that my sessions don’t evolve – and me neither. Of course I was adding some new examples/projects and was trying to put some new ideas to make it look fresh but for me it was old. I look back and see that I simply was trying to find something more interesting to try and if it works add it to my talk. It is totally different from how I was working before: I always experimented in different fields trying to combine results at the end or just have it as separate, unrelated, project. Now I feel like I’m stuck with single subject. People associate my name with Augmented Reality in Flash and that’s it. Only few folks out there remember what I was doing a couple of years ago. Of course: It was always about messing with images and math but not how it looks at the moment. I start missing those days
No, I’m not going to drop ASFEAT/IN2AR development. It is not possible since it is a part of me already. I still have lots of ideas related to AR and image detection/reconstruction that I want to try out.
What I want/need is to stop doing everything for this particular project. As I mentioned during my last talk in Brighton it became boring to me. Someone tweeted that’s it is strange to say that u bored of your session subject, but hey did u ever try to listen to the same song everyday for couple of hours? How does it feel?
I did couple of different things like CaptureDevice Native Extension (that I plan to update with new features for mobiles soon) and the GPUImage library that allows to apply different Instagram-like effects to images and even video streams utilizing Stage3D rendering power. And it was fun! At that time I really felt that I have something fresh/new/interesting and it doesn’t matter if I (or someone else) can/will use it! Sounds selfish right? But its my spare time and I want to spend it the way I want without thinking about the next conference and what I would show there.
So, for my next session I will just gather my experiments and put it under the subject “evolving and creating”. I am looking forward to what it will be about and I hope you too!