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.


AR Toys Competition Jury Member #4: Introducing Pati Keilwerth

July 2, 2014

All great things come to an end.

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The submission deadline for the AR Toys Competition from Toywheel and Metaio was on Monday this week and we want to specially thank all AR fans who submitted their ideas! There are great proposals and we are now checking and evaluating all of them very carefully. Our great Jury will then carefully select their favorites and we will let you know as soon as they decide the winner of the AR Junior Award and the  AR Toymaker award!

In the meantime, we would like to continue by introducing our 4th member of the awesome AR Jury …..drum roll…..

Pati_KeilworthPati Keilwerth: A storyteller par excellence

PATI KEILWERTH after finishing law school at the University Passau, was hired to coordinate the protocol of the Berlin Film Festival. She continued working for the Berlinale in various departments and for the Broadcaster rbb and some media labs – all while also studying Audiovisual Media Science at the Filmschool HFF “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Directly after her diploma with a thesis on international Co-Production she began employment with German filmmaker and playwright Wim Wenders.

After a three-year tenure as Wim Wenders’s Executive Assistant, she embarked on new terrain in the media industry and has been engaged in cross media and interactive storytelling ever since. The past two years she worked for RTL Disney in the online department and focuses now on projects with PATISSERIE FILM.

AR Toys competition is awesome because…

“…I’m happy to be invited to be part of the Jury. In the past years I have been very involved with interactive storytelling, games and digital toys for kids and we also frequently tested some augmented reality features with kids. They had a lot of fun. So I’m curious to see what new app ideas there are and which of these I would like to try out with the kids of my friends and family.”

Thank you, Pati for supporting us!


Weekest Links – Beginning of July

June 30, 2014

Germany plays today with strong hopes of advancing to the quarter finals. Will Algeria come with a surprise upset? 

Will the US bring a win to the table against Belgium and advance to the quarter finals for the first time since 2002?

Welcome to the Holodeck!

Welcome to the Holodeck!

Metaio | Junaio Recap

2014 InsideAR Tokyo: Professor Kirokazu Kato “The Father of Augmented Reality” will join us! [Augmented Blog]

So long, and thanks for all the Augmented Reality. [Augmented Blog]

Last reminder AR Toys Competition & a new jury member [Augmented Blog]

Hey WNY – Your Craft Beer is Near! [Digital Delta Design]

Augmented Baseball – Bringing Legends to Life [Augmented Blog]

You are now free to move about the ‘holodeck’: Metaio gives virtual reality legs [VentureBeat]

Metaio R&D Lab Releases 6D Augmented Reality Holodeck Technology to Developers [Augmented Blog]

Metaio Unveils 6D Augmented Reality Holodeck To Developers [Ubergizmo]

Augmented Reality News

Augmented realty glasses patented by Lenovo [Mobile Commerce News]

UK cinemas promptly ban Google Glass over ‘piracy’ fears [the Inquirer]

What’s The Point of Wearable Technology [Mobile Commerce Press]

Kickstarter Campaign to Bring Learning to Life on Mobile Devices Using Augmented Reality [Consumer Electronics Net]

Augmented Reality transforms logistic process [HumanIPO]

Google I/O: Project Tango LG Tablet Coming To Consumers In 2015 [Forbes]

Venture Architecture Biennale: Australia gets augmented [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Zombie Gunship Reality Set To Grace Project Tango Hardware [mxdwn.com]

Virtual Reality Is A ‘Game Changer’ For Overseas Real Estate Industry [Opp Connect]

The Military Is About to Get New Spy Glasses [Defense One]

Google Glass is taking off more rapidly in mobile health [Mobile Commerce News]

Intel’s New Laptop Can Read Your Emotions, Make Everything 3D [Betabeat]

Using A 3-D Version Of Rodin’s Hands To Understand Anatomy [ideastream]

How VR and Augmented Reality Are Transforming the Workplace [Business 2 Community]

Augmented Reality – The Next Big Thing In Digital Marketing [Verify Recruitment]

Epson Moverio BT-200 Review: Smashing Glass [SlashGear]

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Thermal Touch [Register Here]

InsideAR Tokyo, July 8 [Register Here]

Wearable Technologies Conference 2014, July 8 – 9  [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

Have you been in a Holodeck before? This futuristic virtual reality room comes closer to realization every day with advancing technology such as the Metaio 6D Augmented Reality Experience. Welcome to the Holodeck!


Last reminder AR Toys Competition & a new jury member

June 27, 2014

Weekend is coming and exactly 3 days are left to join our AR Toys Competition!

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The competition is open to everyone including developers, non-developers, parents, AND children all over the world. The competition features two categories: the “AR Toymaker Award” which is specifically targeted towards adults and the “AR Junior Award” is open to children and entrants under the age of 18. Each category requires the participant to submit a concept of an augmented reality game or toy.

New jury member Rolf Kosakowski

Portrait Rolf Kosakowski_finalWe are happy to introduce our latest jury member, Rolf Kosakowski to you: 46 years old he has been an entrepreneur ever since he left school. He is a huge fan of technology, in fact, there is a load of gadgets in his office and he can answer any questions related to digital tools.

Since the age of 17, Rolf has managed his own advertising agency, KB&B – The Kids Group. The company now has 25 employees, and Rolf operates it together with his wife, Julia. Throughout their international marketing activities, they have consulted customers such as; Super RTL, Sony Entertainment, Lufthansa, MIGROS, and many others in the children and family market.

Children and family marketing by KB&B – The Kids Group

By analyzing the children market trends and developing individual strategies – from TV-Spot to website, online, offline and apps – they have developed international advertising campaigns. Rolf is very proud of KB&B’s latest baby: The Lufthansa children app “Take-Off – The fun-packed journey for little passengers”, is now ranked among the top 10 free iPad apps for kids on the iTunes Store. Rolf’s Motto is: “Crazy enough to be taken seriously by kids! Serious enough to make adults understand that it’s not crazy!”

Why do you support the competition?

“App development is our most important new business field at KB&B – The Kids Group. Augmented Reality presents  a huge opportunity for all kinds of app development. Merging real life and fictional storytelling is just the perfect concept for any kind of toy. I am very happy to learn more about the ideas, and especially curious about the concepts the young participants hand in. Maybe I will be spotting some new talents?”

In your words – what’s the potential in Augmented Reality for kids?

“Kids have a huge benefit when compared to adults: They are very curious and adapt to new technologies quickly and joyfully. I believe that Augmented Reality can teach in a way that has not been possible before.  Furthermore, AR has the ability to lift kid’s fantasies to new a whole new level. I see a lot of potential in AR-apps.”

What would you like upcoming apps for kids to be like?

As with any kind of app, childrens applications should also be technically high performing, entertaining and secure. It is self-evident that they may not implement salecalls, since this in inappropriate for children  and, not to mention, illegal. They should address kids at their level: If the target group is preschoolers the app must operate without text. If it is for teenagers, then safe communication tools should be included.

But most of all, I wish that the new concepts that come out of this competition are mind blowing, creative and fresh; in other words, something that we have never seen before. So, Good luck to all the competitors. I am excited to learn about your ideas.


Metaio R&D Lab Releases 6D Augmented Reality Holodeck Technology to Developers

June 25, 2014

Yesterday we were revealing the world’s first 6D Holodeck technology that places virtual environments directly in the real world allowing smartphone users to explore them with their on-board cameras. We are now offering two sample source codes for the technology to developers so that they may build immersive and interactive experiences like next-generation augmented reality games.

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“Virtual and 360 experiences need true immersion,” said Metaio CTO Peter Meier. “If you’re in a virtual environment, you should be able to move around as if it were the real world; that’s what we want to enable with our 6D technology- we want to enable the Holodeck.”

But how does it work?

The 6D Augmented Reality Holodeck technology (or 6D-AR, for short), utilizes the latest Simultaneous Learning And Mapping (SLAM) algorithms working in tandem with the on-board motion sensors (IMUs) to anchor a virtual environment local to the user. Once the virtual environment is attached to the real world, the user can move and navigate in and around the virtual area as if it were there in real life, needing only the camera of their smart device.

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Metaio is releasing the source code of two 6D example projects on its developer’s portal. We are hoping that these examples inspire our developers and creatives to design next-generation augmented and virtual reality experiences, like an action game someone could play in reality itself, or immersive educational experiences like visiting foreign places or navigating an electron shell of an atom at close range.

The source code for the 6D-AR Holodeck examples is now available. Developers can download the Metaio SDK and the source code here.


Weekest Links – End of June

June 23, 2014

Tensions are high in the San Francisco office as USMNT pits off against Germany this week. Tears will shed, blood will boil, and friendships will break as the future of Group G will be decided this fateful Thursday.

Courtesy of Bloomberg TV

Courtesy of Bloomberg TV

Metaio | Junaio recap

See Asbury Park through augmented reality [App.com]

ARchive LAPL – Augmented Education [Augmented Blog]

Featured Channel: Aiguamolls Emporà – Mira què s’amage by DaH! [Junaio Blog]

Wearables Get a New Interface [EE Times]

Augmented Reality Usage – Student Survey [Augmented Blog]

Metaio is Bringing Interactivity to Every Surface [The Gadget Flow]

Augmented Reality News

Podcast Episode 40: AWE2014 Recap with Ori Inbar [AR Dirt]

Wiless Controls Inc. Acquires Next Galaxy [The Wall Street Journal]

How Technologies are Likely to Fare this Year [DataQuest]

Toronto Condo Project Uses Augmented Reality To Reach Global Buyers [Opp Connect]

Revenue generation through AR on a positive rise [Exchange 4 Media]

Google Glass goes on sale in the UK for £1,000 [Engadget]

The CNN10 Inventions: Skully [KSPR]

The Future As We See It [U of T Magazine]

Artist Turns Mondrian Works into Augmented Reality Paintings [Artnet News]

Virtual Surgery: The Operating Room Goes High-Tech [Bloomberg TV]

Wearable Technology Will Be Big In The Business World, Says Salesforce [Mobile Commerce Press]

Testing Technology: How Augmented Reality Helps Museum Visitors Appreciate Paintings [University of Chicago]

Augmented Reality Tablet Enables Designers To Sketch In 3D [Mobile Commerce Press]

Wearable Tech Is Bigger Among Developers Than Consumers [Mobile Commerce Press]

Epson’s smart glasses do AR better than Google Glass [ITBusiness.ca]

Augmented reality application released to App Store [Solid Thinking Interactive]

Upcoming Events

Webinar - Location Based Channels [Register Here]

Wearable Technologies Conference 2014, July 8 – 9 [Register Here]

InsideAR Tokyo, July 8th [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

When it comes to surgery, future wearable devices paired with augmented reality could change the way operating rooms are managed. Recently, Bloomberg interviewed Dr. Selene Parekh, one of the earliest adopters of Google Glass in surgery, who gives his thoughts about how Google Glass can be used in hospitals. Check out the video below to see what he thinks the future of health care could be with Google Glass.


Weekest Links – Late June

June 16, 2014

Germany won today’s match 4-0! And best of luck to team USA playing later today!

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Courtesy of The Star Online

 

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Thermal Camera Turns Many Things into Interactive Surfaces [MIT Technology Review]

AR Toy Competition – Extended Deadline and Meet the Judges [Augmented Blog]

Metaio Reaches 100,000 Developers [Augmented Blog]

Free Historic Augmented Reality Tour of the Asbury Boardwalk Launches June 29 [New Jersey Stage]

#ARToys: Extended Deadline + Introducing Michaela Haberlander [Toywheel]

Meet the AR Toys Competition Jury No. 1: Csongor Baranyai [Toywheel]

Metaio’s Thermal Touch and the Future of Wearable AR Input Methods [Brainberry Global]

Augmented Reality News

Microsoft rumored to have put Project Fortaleza augmented reality glasses on hold [Mobile Nations]

Augmented reality puts players into videogame action [The Star Online]

Does Wearable Technology Have a Future? [Mobile Commerce News]

Hello, Google Glass: Microsoft tries to patent touch input for eyeglass frames [Geek Wire]

Augmented Reality Signs Could Overlay Personal Maps On The Road Ahead [psfk]

Augmented reality puts players into video game action [Yahoo 7 News]

Finding 3D pose with a monocular camera [IMV Europe]

Augmented Australia 1914-2014 has a great opening in Venice [InfoLink]

Wearable Augmented-Reality Solution for Color Blindness [UCSD Computer Science and Engineering]

Google begins testing new feature for its augmented reality glasses [Mobile Commerce News]

Augmented reality road markings and signage “could be applied as a digital layer” [Dezeen and MINI Frontiers]

Upcoming Events

Webinar – TBD

SFAMA – Print & Digital Unite! How To Create Integrated Campaigns That Get Results [Register Here]

Pre-I/O Google Glass Hackathon [Register Here]

Wearable Technologies Conference 2014, July 8-9 | USA [Register Here]

Meetup – The Today and Tomorrow of Augmented Reality, June 18 [Register Here]

InsideAR Tokyo, July 8th [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

Lowe’s has created a augmented reality room dubbed the “Holoroom” to help customers visualize home improvements using digital technology. Using a series of markers places throughout a room, Lowe’s Holoroom hopes to bring the Star Trek holodeck one step closer to reality. The Holoroom will be installed in various Lowe’s stores in Toronto this year. Read more about it here.

Courtesy of CNBC

Courtesy of CNBC


AR Toys Competition – Extended Deadline and Meet the Judges

June 13, 2014

AR Toys Competition

Summer is starting to kick in and to get the ball rolling on your augmented summer, we’d like remind everyone about the AR Toy Competition currently underway! The competition is open to everyone including developers, non-developers, parents, AND children all over the world. The competition features two categories: the “AR Toymaker Award” which is specifically targeted towards adults and the “AR Junior Award” is open to children and entrants under the age of 18. Each category requires the participant to submit a concept of an augmented reality game or toy. Prizes for the winners are aimed to help bring the winning concepts into fruition.

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Originally, the deadline for the competition was June 16th, but seeing as how the summer holiday has just begun, the deadline for the AR Toy Competition has been extended to June 30th. This gives more time for everyone, including kids just beginning their summer holiday.

Submitting an entry is easy: simply visit the Metaio AR Toys Competition page or the Toywheel AR Toys Competition page and follow the on screen instructions. The entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges including:

Csongor BaranyaiCsongor Baranyai – Independent Game & Narrative Designer

Michaela Haberlander

Michaela Haberlander – Funding Advisor for FilmFerneshFonds Bayern

 

We will update our post with the remaining judges once they have been announced by Toywheel.

Be sure to visit the Toywheel homepage and our previous post for more information about the AR Toys Competition. We look forward to seeing all the creative designs submitted by people of all ages from around the world!

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Metaio unveils thermal imaging R&D for future use in wearable augmented reality headsets

May 23, 2014

Yesterday we announced a very new technology, a never-before-seen user interface that combines thermal imaging with augmented reality. We prepared a video illustrating potential applications of  Thermal Touch interface along with current examples of the working prototype.

“Everyone is talking about wearable computing eyewear like Google Glass,” said Metaio CTO Peter Meier, “but no one is talking about the best way to actually use those devices. We need natural, convenient interface to navigate the technology of tomorrow, and that’s why we developed ‘Thermal Touch’.”

Consisting of an infrared and standard camera working in tandem and running on a tablet PC, the prototype registers the heat signature left by a person’s finger when touching a surface. Metaio’s AR software then supplements the experience with AR and computer vision to allow the user to interact with digital content in all-new tactile way.

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Turn your world into a touchscreen!

The best graphic user interface (GUI) for wearable headsets has yet to be determined – device makers have so far experimented with voice navigation, companion devices and even projection, but in order for consumers to adopt new technology on a massive level it needs to be convenient and, above all, accessible in countless scenarios.

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Thermal Touch: Read a magazine and directly interact with the real objects in a virtual world.

With “Thermal Touch”, a wearable headset user could turn any surface into a touch-screen: Imagine pushing directions to your device simply by touching a static map in a shopping mall, building complex or airport; children could bring play to new levels and launch digital content directly from their toys; design professionals could visualize their digital and 3-D creations on their real world counterparts; and service technicians could pull up information just by touching an object in real life.

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Thermal Touch: An endless variety of possibilities.

“Thermal Touch” is a prototype and far from everyday usability. Metaio released the demo to educate the community on the possibilities of computer vision. It is likely that in 5-10 years infrared cameras may join a multitude of advanced sensors being integrated into devices everyday, including the wearable augmented reality headsets of the near future.

We will display the “Thermal Touch” prototype at the 2014 Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, May 27-29. Though “Thermal Touch” may be 5 years away from reality, attendees to AWE will nonetheless get the chance to see the latest automotive, consumer and enterprise AR apps that are driving innovation and value in 2014. To learn more about Augmented World Expo, visit the AWE website and in case you haven’t registered yet, we are offering a 200.00 discount with code METAIO4AWE at registration.

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Get your tickets now!

 

The Thermal Touch prototype will be also presented at 2014 InsideAR -the Augmented Reality conference - in Tokyo (8th of July), Beijing (5th of September) and at InsideAR Munich 29th/30th of October). Wearable eyewear and other technologies will be the focus of the conference this year, including the latest 3D optics and Augmented Reality applications. See you at InsideAR! You can already register for your tickets now.

 


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