Metaio at the Wearable Technology Conference, San Francisco

July 21, 2014

We’re driving fast in my car and we just want to have fun.

Our own Amanda Le introducing some of the biggest names in Wearable Technology

Our own Amanda Le introducing some of the biggest names in Wearable Technology

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The ladies of Metaio ready for anything.

Earlier this month, the Wearable Technologies Conference broke ground on its first event in San Francisco at Fort Mason. As the leading provider of augmented reality software for wearable technology, Metaio joined dozens of industry-leading wearable technology companies to show off some of the latest innovations. From fully immersive, first-person drone rides with ZEISS to hands-all motion with the newest Leap Motion controls, the conference boasted some incredible talks with industry leaders from around the world with our own Amanda Le making many of their introductions. According to Amanda, “the Wearable Tech Conference had an amazing lineup of speakers that expanded the horizon for what constitutes a wearable and brought up issues that many neglect such as form factor, security, and alternative energy sources.” The lineup included some of the greatest industry leaders in wearable technologies including Babak Parviz of Google X, David Holz of Leap Motion, and John Dwyen of Flextronics.

While we’d love to talk about all the cool technologies showcased at the conference, one product that caught our eye in particular was the Evena Eyes-On™ Glasses system. The glasses are used to detect the veins in the body by switching between different types of vision to help nurses during patient check ups. Definitely check out their website and product video to witness some amazing augmented reality!

However, the conference wasn’t all business. True to the organization’s German roots, the conference’s lunch break of the first day featured a most exciting show: the Brazil vs. Germany World Cup match. With a 7-1 finish in Germany’s favor, the conference mixed a little business with pleasure. Who says wearable technology and sports can’t mix?

Miss out on all the fun? The Wearable Technologies website has an overview of Day 1 and Day 2 of the San Francisco conference. You can also sign up for the next Wearable Technologies Conference in Taipei coming in October. We’ll see you next year!


Weekest Links – Late July

July 21, 2014

Head in the clouds, Got no weight on my shoulders

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Image courtesy of Brainberry Global

 

Metaio | Junaio Recap

‘Bunnies in Newspapers,’ and Augmented Reality’s Functional Future – with Trak Lord of Metaio (Podcast #52) [Techmergence]

It’s all an illusion: How augmented reality is changing the future of retail [Retail Dive]

Doing Magic with Augmented Reality . . . for real! [Augmented Blog]

Introducing the Fabulous Frogs App: Splendid and Native [AR at Mimas]

InsideAR Tokyo, a Closer Look at the Latest Innovation in Augmented Reality [Japan Technology Information]

InsideAR Tokyo 2014 Rundown – Part 2 – The Conference [Brainberry Global]

InsideAR Tokyo 2014 Rundown – Part 1 – The Technology [Brainberry Global]

Could smartwatches finally make augmented reality attractive? [PocketNow]

SfAMA Panel Discussion – Print & Digital Unite [sfAMA]

Augmented Reality News

How Google Glass Might Be Used In Education [OpenColleges]

Why This Augmented Reality Tech Is Worth Supporting [Tech Insider]

Microsoft Patent Reveals Additional Plans For Augmented Reality [Ubergizmo]

Animin to hit UK retail this November [ToyNews]

New Lacoste app allows shoppers to ‘try on’ trainers using Augmented Reality [Retail Times]

SEGA and MJD Interactive bringing Alien: Isolation augmented reality game to San Diego Comic Con [SEGA Bits]

Augmented Realty Used on Buses at the Commonwealth Games [Go-Mash]

Microsoft Patents Google Glass Augmented Reality Headset [Know Your Mobile]

Immersive Infections [TechCrunch]

BAE Striker II ‘Iron Man’ Helmet Is The Future Of Flying [Huffington Post UK]

Former Valve VR contractor thinks the technology is bad news: Is VR too anti-social? [Tech Times]

HattrickWear: Creatively designed Augmented Reality Wear that’s more powerful than Google Glass but costs only 10% of its price! [Design You Trust]

Grow Financial Brings Augmented Reality to Tampa Bay [Broadway World] Augmented reality facilitates field maintenance [EE Times Europe]

World Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Industry 2018: by Technology Types, Sensors (Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Haptics), Components (Camera, Controller, Gloves, HMD) [WhaTech]

Pushing the limits of augmented reality books [Kidscreen News]

Microsoft Lagging Behind Rivals In Virtual Reality Technology [Load The Game]

Kagiso Interactive Best Mobile Developers explain Augmented Reality Apps [WhaTech]

Digital Retail Innovations – IKEA Augmented Reality App [YouTube]

Modern Polaxis is an eye-popping Augmented Reality comic [Stuff]

Beacons and augmented reality: Retail’s future [CNBC]

Google’s Smart Contact Lenses Are Going to Become a Real Thing [Gizmodo]

Comic book collides with augmented reality to tell a twisted sci-fi story [CNET]

Former Valve Contractor Explains Why Virtual Reality is “Bad News” [PlayStationLifeStyle]

Augmented Reality May Be Turned On Its Head With New Holographic Optic Tech[Mobile Commerce Press]

Jaguar Concept Windshield Shows Off Augmented Reality in the Car [Mashable]

Business Schools Buy Into Oculus VR To Make Virtual Visits A Reality [Business Because]

Japan’s Glico lets snackers turn their empty boxes into augmented reality sets for Doraemon! [RocketNews24]

Upcoming Events

DLDwomen 14 – Augmented Reality Workshop & Best Practice [Information Here]

Pick of the Week

It seems like everyone has been trying to get into the Augmented Reality wearable tech game. Just today Microsoft filed some patents for its own pair of AR glasses. With major players such as Sony, Facebook, Epson, Valve, and of course Google already developing platforms for Alternative Reality, this recent announcement shows just how close the future is to an always on, always augmented world. For more information about the Microsoft patents, check out this website and here is the full patent.

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Doing Magic with Augmented Reality… for real!

July 17, 2014

A guestpost by Andreea Raducan

If you could do magic, what would be your favorite trick? Well, some might say: “let’s make money!” So too did Simon Pierro  with his “How to get rich…!” magic trick, which he is now sharing with everyone in an amazing video proving that it is truly possible!

What is the mystery behind the “AR Money”?

The key ingredients are: a brilliant mind, some Augmented Reality “magic”, plus a sprinkle of “real” magic. From these three elements, the AR part is perhaps the easiest one. Since Simon is already equipped with the other two, all he had to do was to contact Metaio for support with the Augmented Reality part.  It all started in 2010, when he first discovered AR and its potential. At a time when AR was known only to a few, Simon found Metaio: a team he describes as “very flexible, creative and open to new ideas”, with extensive knowledge and experience in Augmented Reality. Together, they built the “Christmas show ”. “We had lots of fun” he said, and “stayed in contact for a long time”. According to him, “Metaio is very reliable”, both in terms of technology and as partners. This is why he decided to contact Metaio again in 2014 – to “be creative together”.

Where is the boundary between Augmented Reality and the real magic?

You probably noticed the hand-drawn dollar bills in the video. The role of AR in this trick is to digitally recognize (or “track”) these bills and “transform” them into realistic looking ones on the display of the device. One remarkable feature in this tracking process is the stability and robustness of the rendering: the digital banknotes follow precisely the movement of the physical ones under the tablet.

However, the “real” magic happens afterwards, when the physical, hand-drawn banknotes are transformed into real physical ones. Brilliant, isn’t it?

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So how does he manage to do this? You might wonder.

Well, as much as I wanted to find out myself, I could not convince him to reveal his secret. What I did manage to do, is to discover how ideas come to his mind. Unlike others might think, “Inspiration doesn’t just come out of the blue”, Simon says, “You need to concentrate on what you do and look for opportunities around you, never stop thinking! Then, when you have an idea, you just have to believe in it and work hard to make it happen. You need to make efforts to find that idea and then to bring it to life; it will not happen magically.”

Thus did the “How to get rich..!” idea become reality. When Simon discovered AR, he became “absolutely fascinated” by the technology. “The factor that AR and magic have in common is that they both make things appear and disappear”. The question for him was, how to bring these two together and make people believe in both. He was convinced that such a combination would open endless possibilities. He did find a way, and what an incredible way, isn’t it?! Simon just loves to be creative and work with interesting people.

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Simon also loves the freedom of pursuing his ideas, turning visions into reality, while interacting with so many people. He loves seeing the impact his work creates – the reactions he draws from people. Seeing how they relate to his work, “with tears in their eyes”. “Moreover, it is so interesting to see how people from different countries express their emotions and impressions differently!”

I asked Simon what he is doing with all the money. He laughed saying “they all go with my illusion”. When asked about his future ambitions, Simon says “I don’t have plans for the next 10 years. Things are changing so much! For example, 5 years ago I had no clue about Augmented Reality. Who knows what the future will bring?  You should really stay flexible and open.”

For the time being, we are about to witness one of his dreams come true: performing live in front of large public audience. This is something he wished for a long time and which is going happen, as he will be performing his magic tricks live in Mannheim  (October 28) and Munich  (October 29). If you want to see the magic for yourself, this is your chance! Until then, discover more on his website.


Weekest Links – Mid July

July 14, 2014

There was little doubt in our minds that Germany would win yesterday. Congrats to the German National Team for a victory well deserved! Now in other news. . . .

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Image courtesy of The News Tribe

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Google’s Augmented Reality Game INGRESS now available for iOS [Augmented Blog]

Navigate Tokyo with the help of augmented reality penguins! [RocketNews24]

From kids to augmented reality: the Wearables market knows no limits [Telecom TV]

Metaio Presents Augmented Reality for Smart Watches [Augmented Blog]

Smartwatches could be a perfect home for augmented reality (Video) [TheNextWeb]

Metaio presents Augmented Reality for Smart Watches [YouTube]

Augmented Reality News

Who will win the war of the wearables? [ITProPortal]

Google’s Ingress augmented reality game quietly launches for iOS devices [TheNextWeb]

Continental showcases Augmented Reality Head-up display [ET Auto]

Eyespeak Eye Tracking Augmented Reality Glasses Set To Revolutionise Hands Free Interfaces [Geeky Gadgets]

Jaguar Land Rover projects driving data directly on the windshield [Engadget]

An Augmented Reality Windshield Tells You How to Take a Racing Line [Gizmodo]

Google Glass Makes Its Way Into A Tennessee Operating Room [Mobile Commerce Press]

Nation’s Largest MLS to Offer New Augmented Reality App to Members [MarketWatch]

‘Modern Polaxis’ travels through time, augmented reality [Comic Book Resources]

Google’s 3D Augmented Reality Tech Gives NASA a Boost [DailyTech]

Why Augmented Reality Is A Strategic Technology [BusinessWorld]

Ludwig II – Walking in the Footsteps of a Fairytale King [AppShopper]

Wearable Technology Could Be A $50 Billion Industry By 2018 [Mobile Commerce Press]

Why do we need to buy TV’s when we can simply draw one? | Tim Gentle | TEDxBendigo [YouTube]

Upcoming Events

Webinar – 3D Tracking: Edge-Based and Point Cloud [Register Here]

DLDwoment14 - Munich, July 21 – 22 [Information Here]

Pick of the Week

Jaguar Land Rover has definitely been no stranger to augmented reality concepts. Their newest concept overlays virtual racing lines and racing ghosts onto the windshield to help drivers race better. Check out the articles posted above and the video below for a demonstration of their new technology.


Google’s Augmented Reality Game INGRESS now available for iOS

July 14, 2014

Long expected, finally available! 

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Launched in 2012, more than 4 million people in over 200 countries have already played Ingress on Android-based devices. Today, Google’s Niantic Labs has released the iOS version of the Alternate Reality game that lets gamers explore more than 300 million portals worldwide. In the game you decide to either join the resistance or enlightened group and “battle to collect and control the powerful ‘Exotic Matter,’ which is virtually located in real-life locations worldwide.” (TechCrunch)

Through GPS and Augmented Reality, the portals can be found anywhere: for example in or around monuments, special buildings or street art in the real world. To take a portal, the agent can locate, attack and equip the conquest case. The portals can be connected with each other and several linked portals create energy fields. The area which covers these fields is counted as conquered. Thousands of passionate Ingress gamers organize meet-ups all over the world. An impressive case was Operation Green Marble, where gamers from the Enlightened team tried to convert the north half of the Earth to “Green”.

We will definitely try it and discover the Ingress world!

Note: Every Thursday, the Ingress Report is your source for all the latest on the Niantic Project.

Ingress is available for download in the App Store.


Metaio Presents Augmented Reality for Smart Watches

July 9, 2014

Metaio is announcing the first ever object recognition solution for smart watches today. We are releasing a video that demonstrates a computer vision-based health & lifestyle app for wearable devices implemented using Metaio technology as well as a solution for retail to quickly scan products to purchase and request delivery to your home.

SmartWatch_1Smart watch manufacturers are still struggling to find the balance between simplicity and functionality. By adding computer visual recognition functionality, the goal of fast and effective interaction with a smart watch is achieved. Utilizing the camera of a smart watch, users snap an image which a companion smartphone then checks for matches using Metaio visual search technology. When a match is found, data is returned to the user in the form of glanceable information on the watch, or rich, interactive data on the smartphone.

“When we gave phones and glasses the ability to see the world around them, it opened up huge opportunities for all kinds of mobile apps”, said Metaio CEO, Dr. Thomas Alt. “We can see that smart watches are going be a huge part of the mobile computing revolution, so we wanted to make sure that we could bring the power of computer vision and augmented reality to this form factor.”

SmartWatch_3There exist millions of objects in our environment that can be scanned by a smart device, but it is not always convenient for users to be constantly removing their smart phones from pockets or purses. Placing object recognition capabilities on the wrist allows for convenient access to visual search and augmented reality applications that already exist today.

Metaio presents a video showing a working demo of a health & lifestyle application. Rather than entering nutritional information manually; users simply scan the food package from the wrist, which automatically populates a daily nutrition diary on a companion device. The video also illustrates smart watches being used in retail to quickly scan products to purchase and request delivery to the home.

According to Metaio the technology can be implemented on existing smart watches currently on the market and will be running a live demo of the application at the upcoming InsideAR Munich conference,  on October 29th and 30th, 2014.

Read the interview with Thomas Alt on TechCrunch: “Metaio CEO Thomas Alt Discusses Augmented Reality For Smartwatches, Google Glass And More”

 


Weekest Links – Early July

July 7, 2014

Did you augmented your 4th with some fiARworks?

Augmented Reality in the Age of Wearables

Mr. Scully speaking on a panel of experts about the future of augmented reality.

Metaio | Junaio Recap

AR Toys Competition Jury Member #4: Introducing Pati Keilwerth [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality Makes Us More Human, Not Less [Tom's Guide]

Augmented Reality Made Easy – Webinar [PaperSpecs]

Augmented Reality News

Holographic optic could revolutionise augmented reality (and even works in 3D) [Stuff]

Head-up Displays: Technologies and Global Markets [Digital Journal]

The Top 5 Most Useful Augmented Reality Apps [Bidness Etc]

Oculus suspends Rift sales in China after “extreme” reselling [Vizworld]

Speck Design Collaborates with Google on Project Tango Tablet [MarketWatch]

Google’s Project Tango Could Define The Future of Augmented Reality [Benzinga]

R Security Uses Augmented Reality Video and Click to Call Through Engage Mobility to Promote Residential Protect America Security [MarketWatch]

K-Glass to be unveiled in 2015 [The Korea Herald]

Shining a light on the past: ‘Virtual Reality’ torch project missing fragments on to ancient treasures, restoring them to their former glory [Daily Mail Online]

Mobility’s Promise [Energy Biz]

Drakerz-Confrontation augmented-reality card game launches in the U.S. [VentureBeat]

Google Glass’s Thad Starner Wears the Future [IEEE Spectrum]

Enriching the User Experience with Augmented Reality Technology [Strawberry Hill]

Please DO Touch the Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum [Smithsonian.com]

Scottish government uses augmented reality in campaign against second-hand smoke [The Drum]

FDA clearance for augmented reality device lets surgeons see each critical step before they make it [MedCity News]

Upcoming Events

Webinar – Metaio Creative: Interactive AR [Sign Up Here]

InsideAR Tokyo – July 8th [Program Info]

Wearable Technologies Conference, July 8th – 9th [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

A major difference between augmented reality and virtual reality is that augmented reality inherently has you interact with the real world while virtual reality seeks to immerse you in an entirely different reality. A panel about augmented reality and wearable computing at New York’s CE Week 2014 explored some arguments for (and against) a future embracing augmented reality. Check out the panel session below and be sure to read the article Augmented Reality Makes Us More Human, Not Less for more information.


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