Weekest Links: Mid-April

April 21, 2014

Augmented Easter Eggs, Augmented Easter Eggs everywhere

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Image courtesy of EE Times

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Bringing history and the future to life with augmented reality [Phys.org]

Technical insight into the 2014 DLD Museum Tour: An Augmented Reality exhibit for the Bavarian National Museum [Augmented Blog]1

Happy Easter to all of you! [Junaio Blog]

Argyle Social shuts down, Metaio bids farewell to an amazing service [Augmented Blog]

Leviathan – A Whale of a Tale [iQ]

Into the Wild: Metaio goes Re:publica [Augmented Blog]

How to Leverage AR and Multimodal Interaction in Your Mobile Projects [SAP Community Network]

Red Cell White Cell – An AR Book [Junaio Blog]

Update: Audi eKurzinfo now available for Q3, RSQ3 and A3 g-tron [Augmented Blog]

AR Technology of the Week: Augmented Reality SDK for Virtual Shopping by Metaio [Smart Reality]

Land Rover – Augmented Cars in a New Way [Augmented Blog]

Shopping on the run: The new Decathlon brochure uses Augmented Reality [Junaio Blog]

3 Reasons to Work for Metaio – Impressions for a “Newbie” [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality News

Ghostman Augmented Reality System Lets You Learn from a Teacher’s Perspective [Technabob]

BMW vision future luxury integrates augmented reality display [Designboom]

How a Mobile Device Can Save Your Life: Augmented Reality Surgery [iQ]

Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware [CNET]

Mashing-Up Augmented Reality and Cutting-Edge Technology [Manufacturing.net]

Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor [EE Times]

Toyota Has A Tron Bike [Popular Science]

Leviathan: The Future of Storytelling [The Creators Project]

Land Rover’s ‘invisible bonnet’ technology [The Telegraph]

Upcoming Events

Metaio at Re:publica 14 [Re:publica]

Pick of the WeeK

With the Augmented World Expo coming just around the corner, everyone is getting geared up to see all the new augmented reality technologies. If you’re interested in seeing where augmented reality will go in the future check out AWE: NY’s The Future of Augmented Reality Panel. Steve Feiner, Ken Perlin, John Havens, and Trak Lord provide some very insightful commentary about augmented reality its future.


Argyle Social shuts down, Metaio bids farewell to amazing service

April 16, 2014

So long, old friend. 

This afternoon we received some unfortunate news: the social media marketing tool, Argyle Social, will be shutting down their service on May 31st. Metaio has used Argyle for over three years and we can’t express how disheartened we are.

When we began using we had an audience of less than 10,000, as a quiet though long-established augmented reality software company. We evaluated more than 10 different tools and services to help us grow our audience, and out of all them Argyle was the one that stood out.

Their intuitive dashboard interface gave us a bird’s-eye-view of all the social media properties and information we wanted without being cluttered by layers of data and analytics. We were able to incorporate Argyle internationally with our teams in Munich, New York, and San Francisco that allowed us to work effectively, and in real-time. Since then we’ve more than tripled our audience organically- and we owe a lot of that credit to Argyle.

Argyle Social

As a team, Argyle was quick, adaptive, and a pleasure to work with. Social media is an ever-changing animal and the small team at Argyle was able to grow and change with it. They were always reliably in communication with us and extended their services beyond their software. Supportive through the end, Argyle’s team works even now to lessen the blow this situation has on us and their other customers.

The very nature of the tech industry that allows companies like Argyle to come to life and grow can also be their downfall. Surviving in the tech industry can be difficult and it is saddening that Argyle, despite being an incredible solution and tool, will no longer be with us.

Thanks again for the last three years, Argyle. It will be difficult to fill your shoes.

We wish you all the best with your future endeavors,

- Metaio


Weekest Links – Early April

April 7, 2014

April showers bring AR flowers

Courtesy of Google Maps

Only the most adventurous explorers experience augmented reality

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Come on baby, light my fire: Light switches in a new dimension [Augmented Blog]

Meet Metaio at the Laval Virtual Conference, April 9th – 11th [Augmented Blog]

Microsoft Allegedly Acquiring Augmented Reality IP [Augmented Blog]

Artscape – See the World Through the Eyes of Artists [Junaio Blog]

Augmented Reality News in the World

Augmented Reality will turns us all Superman [GamesBeat]

How eCommerce, Augmented & Virtual Reality will Redefine the Retail Experience [Business 2 Community]

Legal issues may define the future of wearable technology [Mobile Commerce News]

Tell me a story: augmented reality technology in museums [The Guardian]

Vuzix: Undervalued Augmented and Virtual Reality Play; New Products To Drive Growth In ’14 [Seeking Alpha]

Raytheon Uses Augmented Reality To Speed Missile Design [InformationWeek]

Sulon Cortex Blends Virtual Reality with Augmented Reality [Tom's Hardware]

Tim Sweeney: Virtual reality will be bigger than smartphones [Kit Guru]

PS4 dev: Virtual reality and augmented reality “the future of gaming” [Gamespot]

Augmented Reality – A Compelling Mobile Embedded Vision Opportunity [Electronic Engineering Journal]

Did Facebook Buy Virtual Reality too Soon? [New York Times]

Upcoming Events

AugmentaMe EDU 2014 [Ciberespiral blog]

Metaio at Laval Virtual Conference – Come visit us at stand D19! [Laval Virtual]

#MetaioWearsEpson Giveaway – Ends Wednesday at 11:59 pm PST [Register Here]

Webinar – Metaio and the Epson Moverio BT-200 [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

With April Fools’ it comes as no surprise that tech companies around the world would come up with obscure news and events for their products. From unfair game modes to personalized weather vents on planes, April Fools’ always gets interesting. But this year, Google grabbed everyone’s attention with their Google Maps Pokemon Challenge. 150 Pokemon were hidden through the Google Maps world and would-be Pokemon Masters around the world spent hours capturing Pokemon. But alas, with only 150 of  the 719 existing species available for capture, a true Pokemon Master will only exist in the Pokemon games. Maybe next year. . . .

I wanna be..the very best


Weekest Links: First Week of April

March 31, 2014

We have to March into April first

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Peter Meier discusses the future of AR in light of the recent Facebook-Oculus purchase.

Metaio | Junaio Recap

#MetaioWearsEpson Sweepstakes! [Augmented Blog]

Virtual Technologies are on the move & Mark Zuckerberg dreams of Augmented Reality [Augmented Blog]

AVK Terway augments Tamaris’ Spring/Summer Collection [Junaio Blog]

Movin’ Klee: A Paul Klee ARt Installation [Augmented Blog]

SLAM: It’s about tracking and mapping your world [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality News

One of America’s Largest Hospitals Brings Google Glass to the ER [Fast Company]

Turning the Snake Game into a Location-Based Exergame that Encourages Walking [Youtube]

John Carmack speaks up about Facebook buying Oculus VR [Polygon]

This cool pad and pen lets you sketch in 3D using augmented reality [SPLOID]

Jeri Ellsworth talks castAR’s accidental beginnings and its augmented reality future [Engadget]

Tomorrow’s Cargo Ships Will Use Augmented Reality to Sail the Seas [WIRED]

How Real is Real Time Marketing [Gartner Blog]

From science-fiction to reality — augmented reality that is [Deseret News]

Seebright Headset Creates Smartphone-Powered Virtual Reality [Tom's Guide]

USC is Offering a Google Glass Course for Journalism [Mashable]

Facebook buying Oculus VR for $2 billion [The Verge]

Augmented Reality Is About to Turn Football Into a Real-Life Videogame [WIRED]

Upcoming Events

AWE is just around the corner, will you be attending? [Augmented World Expo]

No webinar this week folks, apologies. Did we mention our giveaway?

Pick of the Week

Even with all the buzz surrounding Facebook’s purchasing Oculus VR and Sony’s Project Morpheus, we can’t help to be excited about the Yelpulus Rift. We’re well on our way to producing some amazing applications for this state of the art device. Look out Oculus and Sony, Yelp’s got your number and they’re coming for you!


#MetaioWearsEpson Sweepstakes!

March 27, 2014

FYI: This contest is open to residents of the United States of America only. We will be hosting more sweepstakes and contests worldwide soon and if you sign up for a developer account you’ll be first to know about any upcoming events.

Ever wanted to try out your own augmented reality glasses? Well, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Epson in bringing you the #MetaioWearsEpson Sweepstakes! You could win your very own pair of Moverio BT-200 glasses!

The Moverio BT-200 is the successor to the BT-100 with a smaller, more comfortable frame. Dual screen displays, a front facing camera, and motion sensors allow for a more immersive augmented reality experience. A separate control unit allows you to control the display without relying on vocal input. For more details check out the Moverio BT-200 information page.

Metaio’s software works hand in hand with the Moverio BT-200 because the glasses were built with augmented reality in mind. The Android OS allows for simplified integration of apps (both new and pre-existing) for commercial and industrial uses. Metaio has already taken advantage of this interface and built the first ever guided maintenance app for Mitsubishi Electric. Check out the video here.

All you have to do is fill out this form to enter. Simple enough right? To improve your chances you can participate on Facebook OR Twitter using the #MetaioWearsEpson hashtag. Be sure to read the rules.

Want to know more? Check out the contest rules and registration page and if you have any questions email contests[at]metaio.com. If you’ve already entered be sure to sign up for the upcoming webinar on April 10th, where we’ll announce the winner of the #MetaioWearsEpson sweepstakes!

But really, if you win can we share? I'll take Mondays and Wednesdays.

Don’t you wish you had a pair?


Weekest Links, End of March

March 24, 2014

Welcome to the winning March Madness Bracket. Occupation: not us. 

 

Trak visits  Seebright at GDC.

Metaio | Junaio recap

The Case for Wearable Computing [Augmented Blog]

Metaio releases newest version of Junaio AR Browser with new design, real-time POI visualization and browser interoperability [Augmented Blog]

Metaio releases newest version of the Junaio AR Browser [CIOL]

Metaio at hy! Summit (See Episode 2, Minute 18) [hy! Summit]

Junaio Augmented Reality Browser Revealed [Ubergizmo]

Augmented Reality World News

Pugwash: Augmented reality can be both useful and dangerous [The Tartan]

Augmented Reality and Cloud Gaming [Cloud Tweaks]

“UK’s first” augmented reality property app raises $500,00 [Startups.co.uk]

10 Forthcoming Augmented Reality & Smart Glasses You Can Buy [Hongkiat.com]

Augmented Reality Is About to Turn Football Into a Real-Life Videogame [Wired]

Seebright Reveals Industry’s First Smartphone Integrated AR/VR Head-Mounted Display Platform With Wireless Controller [PR Newswire]

Headset combines virtual and augmented reality with holodeck-like results [Engadget]

Winnipeg company goes for gold with video game [CBC News]

Google reveals Android Wear, an operating system for smartwatches [The Verge]

Upcoming Events

Metaio at Augmented World Expo: NY [AWE-NY]

Webinar this week – Metaio Trivia: Technical Edition [Register]

Pick of the Week

Pepsi delivers its own augmented reality experience, only it’s at a bus stop in London. The AR bus shelter uses some clever camera work to surprise people and they get some fun results. Enjoy!


The Case for Wearable Computing

March 20, 2014

When Metaio began offering productive augmented reality solutions to the automotive industry, there was already interest in wearable devices. In fact, one could trace general interest in wearable devices back to the science fiction pop culture of up to 50 years ago. From campy space odysseys like the original Star Trek to futuristic CGI-fueled endeavors of today like Minority Report, it seems as though humanity has always had the understanding that the use of vision in user interfaces was not a dream or a fiction but rather an inevitability. That one day we would peruse the digital world through cameras, unfettered by anything other than line of sight; that the technology would be as ubiquitous as the medium.

Wearable Computing

Smartphones, to some degree, put that dream on hold. Lulled into a blissful dependency on shiny devices that promised the world (just look at the original home screen of the iPhone), we settled for leaving the digital in our pockets. To be immersed in mobile is to avoid eye contact on the subway; to navigate the streets of a city, head down and feet marching toward an invisible red beacon; it’s attending a concert, only to see the rise of 10,000 smartphones when the lights go down and the band takes the stage.

This last example proves to me that wearable computing is more feasible than we realize. People already experience the most culturally significant events through their smartphones – concerts, political upheavals, sport events – why not make the next step to accessing and documenting information through the eyes? Photo and video capture are however only small aspects of a wearable ecosystem- it’s augmented reality that brings it all together.

We’re not the only ones who believe this- according to a recent Forrester Research report by Sarah Rotman Epps, 21.6 million US consumers are willing to wear augmented reality eyeglasses from a trusted brand. In 5 years, potentially 1 billion people could be experiencing the digital through a wearable device.

Metaio has always seen value of smart glasses for augmented reality, and our R&D department has worked with multiple head-mounted display devices and prototypes. But until recently, the form factors, limited usability and cost have prevented massive adoption by industry or consumers. Most wearable devices were tethered or otherwise anchored to a PC in order to run the software, restricting the possible movement of the user – solutions to the problem of mobility ran the spectrum from creative to wildly infeasible, including back-mounted personal computers complete with antennas, GPS satellites and inclinometers.

Many of the devices we used were originally designed as video display glasses, only to be retrofitted and “hacked” to allow for real-time rendering and tracking. While this was perfectly productive and useful for industrial applications, it was far from ubiquitous.  Today, Metaio has an ever-increasing supply of new and upcoming wearable devices, but challenges remain.

Epson Moverio BT-100

Epson originally released the Moverio BT-100 line as video display headwear, it didn’t take long for someone to strap a camera to the top and hack it. Now Epson is actively involved in encouraging developers to create apps and experiences for wearable devices. Metaio recently sponsored a hackathon at Epson’s Long Beach, CA, where developers competed for cash prizes and Metaio software licenses. Some notable creations included: an app that could recognize and label anything in the real world; a hands-free cooking assistant; and a fitness app that projected running avatars just a few paces ahead of the user.

CNET described the BT-100s as “wearable window into a whole other world of entertainment.” For good reason- one of the most outstanding features of the Moverio line is the full-field semi-transparent view, and companies like APX Labs and ScopeAR are utilizing the wider frame for next-generation augmented reality, targeting enterprise, defense and industry for commercial applications. Keep an eye out for future iterations such as the  BT-200, to be released in  early April, which Metaio has already developed a maintenance app in conjunction with Mitsubishi Electric.

Google Glass

Probably now one of the most famous devices in the world, Google Glass has propelled wearable technology to new heights in media and entertainment. The lightweight and minimalist form factor is very approachable, and it ships with access to one of most successful mobile ecosystems. Although the current Explorer version isn’t the best-suited device for AR, Google will undoubtedly continue to improve upon their original design.

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Recently, ReadWrite contributor and Google Glass Explorer Joshua Merrill wrote of his experience of his first 100 days wearing them, and that it was unfortunate that Google hadn’t unlocked the full potential of the form factor: “Glass needs to be a platform for augmented reality. When I see text in a foreign language, translate it. When I look at a house for sale, tell me the asking price. When I look at a product, scan the barcode and tell me if it’s cheaper online. When I’m standing in a public place, let me travel backwards through time using Street View.”

Glass should be commercially available in the next 1-2 years. Metaio has already had phenomenal results developing for Glass (just check out the video), but we’re looking forward to (much) longer battery life, better cameras and maybe even multicore CPU and GPU.

Vuzix

Founded in 1997 in Rochester, NY, Vuzix is one of the of the longest-running wearable devices company. Vuzix is known for their diverse array of products, from full-immersion VR glasses to their line of AR eyewear. The latter includes the upcoming M-100, a monocular virtual display aimed at the enterprise market. Vuzix and SAP recently collaborated on a concept for wearable devices in a warehouse environment, where the device pushes inventory and shipping request directly to workers. These workers can also receive support help for machinery, real-time maintenance overlays and scan boxes to fulfill “picking” queries- all served to the M-100.

Vuzix has been dedicated to creating usable, productive AR eyewear for quite some time. As CNET reviewer Scott Stein wrote after trying the M-100, “Forget Google’s concept of keeping screen separate from reality — Vuzix wants full augmented overlay.” Metaio has worked very closely with Vuzix for many years, and we’re looking forward to continuing our collaboration.

Foresight

There are still challenges to be overcome — form factor, enabling technologies, and battery life are just the beginning. Metaio anticipated these obstacles however, and has since been working on hardware acceleration for augmented reality experiences. We designed the AREngine hardware IP to be modular in order to fit any semiconductor platform, with more than smartphones in mind: vehicles, smart applications and of course, augmented reality eyewear. Look at nearly every pop-culture representation for AR and you’ll see experiences that could never run on current hardware platforms. Metaio is out to enable the always on, always augmented experiences we were promised. The Augmented City isn’t a dream- it’s a vision. Wearable computing can make that vision a reality.


Weekest Links – Mid March

March 17, 2014

Let’s find four-leaf AR clover

Gearing up to present at the AEC Hackathon. So many cool projects!

Metaio | Junaio Recap

An SAP Warehouse Concept for Error Detection in Warehouse Picking Processes [Augmented Blog]

SunHub – Explore the Sun’s Trajectory [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality Software Developer Takes B2B Sales Globally [Internet Retailer]

Augmented Reality Across the World

[AR]e We There Yet? [Storyboard]

Winnipeg Game Developers Creating a New Reality [CBC News]

Skully AR Helmets Win the Wearable Tech Award at SXSW 2014 [Augmented Reality Trends]

Augmented Reality is Blurring the Line Between Mobile Gaming and Reading [Mobile Commerce Press]

Make Friends with a Brazilian, Via Coke’s World Cup Mini-Bottles [Creativity Online]

Epson Showcases Its Augmented Reality Smart Glasses [MCAD Café]

This Is the Future of Retail: Robotic Fitting Rooms and Magic Augmented Reality Mirrors [TheNextWeb]

Measuring Human Motion with a Soft, Wearable Sensors Kit [Digital Journal]

Upcoming Events

Metaio at Laval Virtual [Laval Virtual]

InsideAR Tokyo, Register Today! [InsideAR]

Webinar- Junaio 5.3: The Basics [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

Coca-cola has all sorts of ways to make people smile. In preparation for this year’s World Cup, Coca-cola Brazil has released an app to help you make friends in Brazil using their Coke Minibottles. Create your own personal augmented reality avatar and share with the world. For more information check out the video below.


Weekest Links, March 3/10

March 10, 2014

♪Rain, rain, come today. Come augment our little bay

Metaio CEO Thomas Alt speaking with SAP’s Manuel Saez

Metaio|Junaio Recap

Augmented Reality Untethers SAP: An interview with Thomas Alt at 2014 MWC  [SAP Events]

Project Tango – The Specialized 3-D Mapping Device [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality Across the World

How Augmented Reality Builds Bridges Between Games and Children’s Books [The Guardian]

‘Smart’ Helmet Startup Wins Wearable Tech Award at SXSW 2014 [Live Science]

Google is Finally Getting Serious About Wearables [The Verge]

Augmented Reality: Why Gimmicks Aren’t Forever and How AR is Pushing Envelopes Around the World [Marketing Magazine]

This is the Future of Retail: Robotic Fitting Rooms and Magic Augmented Reality Mirrors [TheNextWeb]

A Look At Lumus, The Amazing Lens Technology That is Going to Change Wearables [TechCrunch]

What Happens in the Brain When Blind People Learn to See With Sound [Wired]

The Future of Higher Education? Five Experts Give Their Predictions [The Higher Education]

Events

See Trak Lord in a panel at this year’s SXSW! [SXSW Schedule]

No webinar this week, folks. Our apologizes! [Puppies]

Pick of the Week

Although convenient to have a keyboard  quite literally in the palm of your hand,  Samsung’s Augmented Reality Keyboard feels a bit out of place. We’ll have to see if this comes into realization, and it would be really interesting to see this paired with eye-tracking. . . .

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Weekest Links – Beginning of March

March 3, 2014

It was an awesome OscARs this year. Congrats to the winners! (It’s okay Leo, you’re a winner in our hearts!)

Rocking some virtual shades

Metaio| Junaio Recap

Metaio Demonstrates 3-D Facial Reconstruction at Mobile World Congress [Youtube]

Webinar- Metaio Trivia: Non-Technical Edition [Developer Portal]

Metaio’s 3-D Tech Could Make Virtual Shopping Easier [Tom's Guide]

MWC 2014: Metaio Smartglass – Augmented Reality Demo [Mobile Geeks]

Augmented Cars: An Interview with Markus Hammori [Augmented Blog]

Technical Insight into Junaio’s Redesign – An Interview with Anton Fedosov [Augmented Blog]

The Rise of 3-D Cameras turns AR into the Next User Interface [Augmented Blog]

Leviathan – A Whale of a Tale [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality in the World

Fujitsu Intelligent Glove uses Augmented Reality for working with complex machines [Pocket-Lint]

Augmented Reality Could Help Amputees with Phantom Limb Pain [The Verge]

LASTER Gives Away Augmented Reality Eyewear for Kickstarter Referrals [Virtual-Strategy Magazine]

Hands On With Meta Pro, The Augmented Reality Glasses with 16x More Screen Than Google Glass [TechCrunch]

CastAR: The Augmented and Virtual Reality Triple-Threat [Tom's Hardware]

Upcoming Events

Come see Trak Lord speak in a Panel at SXSW! [SXSW Schedule]

Webinar- Metaio Product Update: Metaio SDK 5.3 and Metaio Creator 3.3 [Register]

Pick of Mobile World Congress

Can you believe that Matthew McConaughey beat out Leo AND Chiwetel? Oh wait… wrong blog sorry. This week we’re really looking forward to some more Samsung wearables, particularly the Gear Fit. Sleek, slim and it looks like they’ve packed in exactly what you’d expect to have in a wristband. Can’t wait to see how they turn out!


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