This post describes important features of Loci, and compares Loci features with related work by others to give you a better idea of what Loci does. It includes a table of features comparisons across related mind map software.
First, Loci supports mind map interaction on graphs. So it is easy to add a node to the graph with a link to an existing node in augmented reality, but the mind map you are creating does not have to have a central node. This is sometimes called a concept map, but Loci is broader than that, it supports general graphs.
In Loci, nodes have locations. If you place a node somewhere in your room, it will show up there next time you view that graph. This is not the same for the other mind map applications, they will load the same mind map, but it is not anchored to a place in the real world.
AR Mind Map
|In App Purchases||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|MS Mixed Reality||Link|
|Apple iOS ARKit|
|Graph Multiple Structures||X||X||X|
|Graph Links and Nodes||X||X||X||X|
|Input Voice Dictation||X||X||X|
|Edit Undo / Redo||X||X||X|
|Edit Copy / Paste||X||X||X|
|Drive File Load / Save||X||X||App||App||App||X|
|File Data Format||JSON||JSON||?||?||?||Graphml, csv|
|File Image Format||jpg, png||jpg, png||jpg, png||jpg, png||jpg, png|
|Force Directed Layout||X||X||X|
|Spatial Map Locations (Loci)||X||X|
|Billboarded Node Data||X||X|
|Take Picture as Node||X|
|Edit Nodes||X||X||X||X||X||10 elements||X|
|import TXT for node||X|
Join us for demos of Loci at the Augmented World Expo (AWE) June 1-2 at the Santa Clara, CA Convention Center.
The Expo hours are from 10 am – 5 pm Thursday and 10 am – 3 pm Friday.
We will be in booth 359.
Experience for yourself how leveraging the method of loci with 3D mixed reality interaction and mind maps (graphs) maximizes your ability to analyze, plan, decide, and act.
AWE 2017 Web Site
Demo Video (6 Min 140 mb) On the Expo floor at AWE we demonstrated the Loci application capabilities to capture your thoughts in real locations, and use these for solving your problems. We described a recent studies showed the effectiveness of the method of loci to really improve your recall even up to four months later, and how using this method rewires the functional connections in your mind as measured using functional magnetic resonance imaging of test subjects, as analyzed at Stanford University Medicine FIND lab.
You can pair a bluetooth keyboard with the HoloLens computer.
This can be useful if you want to do copy and paste between applications in the HoloLens.
For instance, you can use a mouse on the keyboard to select a link in Microsoft Edge address area and then press the control key and C key together (^C) to copy them. Then once you are back in Loci (click on the Loci window or icon to get back) you can center your gaze and the cursor on a node, and press control and V key together (^V) to paste into the node. If it starts with http it will paste as a link that you can then use by saying “Browse Node” on the same node. You can also say the words “Paste Web Link” instead of control-V, and it will set the link to your copied url.
At the top of this post is a picture of the one I use, which is hand-sized, very light, has a built-in touchpad mouse, charges with micro-usb, and is fairly reliable. There are similar keyboards on Amazon used for controlling television apps for about $14 USD.
On Tuesday April 25, 2017 we provided a demonstration of Loci to the Augmented Reality SF Bay Area (ARBA) (now AWE Nite SF) Meetup, which was held at the Runway Incubator in the Twitter building in San Francisco.
Here is the ARBA meetup page.
We gave a live demo wearing the HoloLens and showed how to edit mind map graphs live at the demo, adding nodes, changing their properties, using undo, and other typical operations, showing how easy it is to add nodes and links in a short time.
We also talked about the power of the ancient method of loci, as confirmed by a very recent study published March 8, 2017 in the journal Neuron entitled “Mnemonic Training Reshapes Brain Networks to Support Superior Memory” by scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, the Donders Institute, and Stanford University. In the study the method of loci improved recall four months later by more than 20% over the active and passive control groups.
On April 15, 2017 we published version 1.0 of the Loci universal windows application for HoloLens on the Windows Store. Loci lets you create mind maps in mixed reality where you place the mind map nodes in your home or office in locations that have meaning to you. Using locations in this way, as a form of method of loci, where you associate your thoughts and ideas with locations, has been shown to increase your recall of them later.
Our Loci application allows you to create and edit mind maps in mixed reality. You save and load these using OneDrive. The primary way to interact with Loci is using voice and gaze, and the current supported language is English. To understand how Loci works, it has a free one day trial.
On Tuesday October 25, 2016 we provided a demonstration of Loci to the Augmented Reality SF Bay Area (ARBA) Meetup (now AWE Nite SF), which was held at the Runway Incubator in the Twitter building in San Francisco.
Here is the link describing the ARBA meeting on medium.
We showed the use of Loci for mind map graph analysis of designing a home, starting with a central concept of home design, and expanding to attributes of the home, such as design family, location, features, permitting, materials, floorplan and other items. We associated nodes with images from a shared drive, and placed nodes on real maps on the demonstration table, highlighting the use of Loci for ongoing analysis of your problems.
On Tuesday September 12, 2016 we provided a demonstration of Loci for TechCrunch Disrupt 2016, which was held at Pier 48 in San Francisco.
We had a small round high table, and a small booth area. We set up a projector and laptop to show slides describing our Loci method of loci mixed reality mind mapping application, and show what it is like to use it with the HoloLens.
As attendees came by, we had them put on the headset and use Loci on the HoloLens in the very busy, large and open area of the conference. HoloLens worked very well in that setting. It stores and updates spaces, and each day and each hour the spatial area around us changed, but HoloLens showed the nodes and links of our demonstration very well.
We showed a notional house model with links and nodes for the house design. We also showed an example query of crunchbase data for startups generated with python, and loaded into Loci.