May 17, 2011
While tablet computing may in future transform the whole computer industry, it is already changing the way we look at augmented reality. And this is not only because of the big display. More and more different devices for multiple OS platforms are expected to appear on the market, equipped with advanced sensors such as high-resolution cameras. The cost of data roaming is likely to drop and considering the millions of people expected to buy such a device in the next few years, there are incentives enough for optimizing augmented reality (AR) tablet software and to start creating really useful and fascinating applications taking full advantage of the promising, new capabilities. metaio, with its junaio 2.6 release, a junaio plug-in for third party app integration, and the revised mobile AR SDK Unifeye 2.5, is well prepared and ready to go for the next generation of AR applications. If you want to learn more about mobile AR in general and on tablets, everything is summed up here: http://www.metaio.com/specials/augmented-reality-on-tablets/
And here you can find a movie with almost everything we´re working on: 3D tracking, markerless 2D tracking and image processing, virtual manuals, interactive TV, smart packaging, advertising as a service, context sensitive product visualization, AR gaming and so on. By the way: to my knowledge it´s the first AR demos running on the Android 3.0 based Xoom!
April 15, 2011
Today my lovely colleague Noora (she has been portrayed here before) sent me a guest post. It´s a pleasure for me to present this interesting story about interactive TV scenarios and augmented reality right before the weekend. Enjoy zapping, AR browsing and of course this post:
>>>Last week I visited Cannes being brought to life for MIPTV. For the ones who don’t know the festival; MIP is the entertainment content market, where the newest programmes, freshest formats and latest innovations for TV, Internet and mobile are being showcased.
Besides the traditional buying and selling, this year a new concept was introduced; the Experience Hub. The organization set this up to showcase latest connected entertainment demos. It included great experiences by companies as Emotiv (using sensors from the wireless neuroheadset to connect to PCs for game controlling), PrimeSense (known for the Kinect sensor), etc.
metaio also had a booth within the Experience Hub, where we showcased the Augmented TV concept Galileo (ProSieben) aired in January and throughout the month of March. The feedback was amazing! One of the main topics of the festival was how to engage viewers while watching TV using their 3rd arms (known as smart phones). Therefore we are even more happy to announce that Galileo is showcasing another form of AR for their show Schlaflos (sleepless). For more on the new AR experience, please find an entry on the junaio blog.
I unfortunately had to miss the celebrities as e.g. the Governator presenting his comeback cartoon series. But the festival was truly inspiring and showed that Augmented Reality is well understood by the production and distribution companies and can really become a new way of interaction with TVs. This was also proven by two of the six Content 360 Awards winners who were presenting AR; one of them being Futurecode from Finland for their absolutely lovely Dibidogs AR books.
Thanks again to the organization! <<<
April 12, 2011
On our way to an augmented world there are still some hurdles to be taken. Data generation, bandwidth, standards and such. But we are not to far away anymore, let me tell you this. And it´s not only us doing the homework. While we are working for example on markerless tracking algorithms, others work on processing power and smart architecture. And there is another important stakeholder: output devices! For some scenarios – industrial as well as commercial – you`ll need both of your hands – and that´s where AR-able head mounted displays (a layman like me would call it magic glasses) step into the arena. You know what, today is a goood day for AR game developers, industrial AR researchers or experience designers! Vuzix Corporation today announced that it has formed a marketing and development partnership with metaio, the leader in the field of professional Augmented Reality (AR) software systems, to deliver head mounted display (HMD) solutions for their customers. The two companies will work together to identify and deliver customer solutions that require both metaio’s AR software capability and Vuzix’s line of ARenabled Video Eyewear. Paul Travers, President of Vuzix, commented, “Both metaio and Vuzix are leaders in and at the forefront of AR markets with highly complementary offerings. With Vuzix providing its award winning Video Eyewear products and engineering services and metaio providing its leading software platforms and software engineering capability, we believe that together we can better address this rapidly emerging market need.” metaio and Vuzix have identified a number of common customers that require integrated hands-free HMD solutions for applications such as marketing and advertising, assembly, maintenance, on-site and on the factory floor problem solving, training and education and entertainment.
Because images say more than a thousand words out of the official press release, here´s one of the many examples for markerless, handsfree augmented reality. By the way, this is registered in 3D and most of all: a real use case.