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.


Weekest Links – Beginning of June

June 2, 2014

I’m sooo fancy.

Auggie Award

The Metaio team wins the Auggie Award for Best AR Campaign at AWE 2014

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Thomas Alt (CEO, Metaio) Big Visions for the Interactive World – at AWE 2014:

Metaio’s Thermal Touch is an augmented reality interface designed for the future of wearable displays [psfk]

Thermal Touch, The AR Prototype, Will Fill Up The Google Glass Experience! [Load The Game]

Augmented Reality Assists in Medical Learning [Augmented Blog]

USC Annenberg Professor Robert Hernandez Will Be Speaking at AWE 2014 [Junaio Blog]

Thermal Touch can turn any surface into a tablet [Geek.com]

Metaio’s ‘Thermal Touch’ Technology Turns Everything Into A Touchscreen [Digital Trends]

‘Thermal Touch’ Tech Turns Any Surface Into a Touch Screen [PC Magazine]

Metaio unveils thermal imaging R&D for future use in wearable augmented reality headsets [Augmented Blog]

With ‘Thermal Touch’ tech, the world is your touchscreen [VentureBeat]

Metaio’s Thermal Touch And The Future Of Augmented Reality User Interfaces [TechCrunch]

Metaio unveils Thermal Touch technology for making user interfaces out of thin air [Gigaom]

Metaio is combining infrared and augmented reality technology to turn any surface into a touchscreen [TheNextWeb]

Metaio Thermal Touch uses hot fingers to make anything AR [SlashGear]

Smartglass interface turns any surface into a touchscreen using AR and fingertip heat [Engadget]

New Thermal Technology Turns the Entire World into a Touchscreen [Gizmodo]

InsideAR Goes Global: Metaio to Host Augmented Reality Conferences in Munich, Tokyo and Beijing [Augmented Blog]

Google Acquires Augmented Reality Translation Company Quest Visual [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality News

Leap Motion’s Gesture Control Finds Niche Uses In Medicine, Art and Augmented Reality [Singularity HUD]

Futuristic Helmets Use Smart Glasses, Augmented Reality [Discovery News]

Google Glasses Could Ding Big Retails Sears, JC Penny and More [The Street]

Forget vacuum cleaners, Dyson prototyped a Google Glass-like AR headset [TheNextWeb]

This augmented reality motorcycle helmet could save your life [Engadget]

Hands on with Meta Pro, the futuristic augmented reality glasses [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Sight for sore eyes: Augmented reality without the discomfort [Space Daily]

How augmented reality wants to help you shop [Network World]

Augmented reality: Where’s the venture capital? [VentureBeat]

Augmented Reality Moves to the Enterprise [Mobile Enterprise]

Google glass for war: The US Military funded smart helmet that can beam information to soldiers on the battlefield [DailyMail.co.uk]

Could augmented reality save the traditional wristwatch? [BBC News]

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Metaio Suite Introduction [Register Here]

InsideAR Tokyo [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

There’s been plenty of press around Metaio’s latest ‘Thermal Touch’ prototype. Anyone who visited the Metaio booth at AWE 2014 got to see it in action. If you were unable to attend AWE 2014 and want to learn more, be sure to look for the prototype at future Metaio events (such as insideAR), check out the articles above, and the video below.


Google Acquires Augmented Reality Translation Company Quest Visual

May 19, 2014

If you’ve ever traveled through a country home to a language you’re unfamiliar with, you know how frustrating it can be just to navigate through even simple tasks such as ordering at a restaurant. That’s where Quest Visual and their app Word Lens come into play. Word Lens is an augmented reality app that translates text in real time on your smartphone.

Demo Video

This functionality caught Google’s eye. On Friday, Google announced that it would be acquiring Quest Visual for undisclosed amount. The Quest Visual team will be integrated with the Google Translate team to merge the two technologies and bring augmented reality translations to Google Translate.

The acquisition makes a lot of sense for Google because it could make Google Translate an even more successful, seamless tool for translations on the fly. By bringing the 345 languages supported by the Translator Toolkit to an augmented reality-based application that has already had success on Google Glass, Go0gle can make accessing information across languages that much easier. And once integrated onto Google Glass, translating a text can be as simple as looking at it. (Of course that all depends on the quality of the translation, but that’s a different topic in and of itself.)

In the meantime, Word Lens and all of its translation packages are free on Google Play and iTunes while Quest Visual transitions to Google. As the second mixed reality company to be acquired by a major tech giant this year, it looks to be an exciting year for augmented and virtual reality. Congrats to the Quest Visual team, we look forward to seeing an even stronger augmented reality translation app in the future!

Googles Quest Visual


Vote for Metaio in the 2014 AWE Auggies

May 12, 2014

Auggie-GoldWith the Augmented World Expo (AWE) just around the corner, we’re excited to remind everyone about the annual Auggie Awards. These awards celebrate the best augmented reality interactions submitted to the AWE panel across various genres. You can read more about the Auggie Awards here.

This year there are five categories: best tools, best software, best hardware, best enterprise solution, and best film. Metaio has entries in the three below. There are two ways to vote: directly through the AWE website or on Facebook (both presented below).

Best Tools for Developers – The Metaio SDK

The Metaio SDK has been used professionally for over a decade by companies like IKEA, Audi, LEGO, Mitsubishi Electric and more to bring content to life and value to customers and works. It’s the only SDK that offers industrial precision for tracking and has more versatility than any other platform. Vote here on the AWE website or here on Facebook!

Best Software – The 2014 IKEA Catalog app

The 2014 IKEA Catalog app lets users actually load over 300 unique 3-D models of IKEA furniture directly from the 2014 Catalog and place them in their homes using next-generation AR. The users can then take photos, share their experiences on social media or continue trying out different pieces of furniture. The App has been downloaded millions of times, and more than 600,000 3-D models had already been placed into people’s homes within a few months of its release. Vote here on the AWE website or here on Facebook!

Best Tool – Augmented Reality Car Manual on Google Glass

Metaio was able to run edge-based tracking algorithms to deliver ste-by-step car engine maintenance for the average consumer. In this experience, the user need only open the hood of her car, recognize the engine using visual search and watch as the software isolates components and overlays relevant information on top of it, such as how to refill coolant or where to check the oil.

Far more convenient than checking a manual, this app streamlines the information flow and ensures that the user acesses the exact information she needs to solve the problem. Vote here on the AWE website or here on Facebook!

Best Enterprise Solution – Hands-Free meViewAR

Metaio partnered with Epson America and Mitsubishi Electric to develop an application that would allow service technicians to access maintenance information quickly and conveniently and overlay it step-by-step onto the actual product. The Epson Moverio BT-200 allows hands-free, full-field view to make sure that information gets overlaid directly in the mechanic’s line of sight, rather than a monocular view or through a tablet device. Vote here on the AWE website or here on Facebook!

Thanks and we’ll see you at AWE!


Weekest Links – Early May

May 5, 2014

AR showers bring May flowers~

Trak

Courtesy of Youtube

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Global AR Toys Competition Launched [Ubergizmo]

City Visions – An Augmented Reality Developer Challenge [Augmented Blog]

Epson Moverio BT-200 – Interview with Trak Lord of Metaio [Youtube]

Connectar – A New Junaio Certified Developer [Junaio Blog]

Metaio’s Service applications for warehouse workers on BBC Click [Augmented Blog]

BBC Click 26-04-2014 [Youtube]

Augmented Reality News

New mobile app uses augmented reality to enhance learning experiences at historic sites [Phys.org]

Can Virtual Reality unlock brands for consumers? [Cream Global]

Google Glass may be powered by solar energy [Hydrogen Fuel News]

Will Wearable Technology Be A Detriment To Productivity? [Mobile Commerce Press]

Are you experienced? Facebook, Google and Apple pile in to virtual reality [AdNews]

TV3 Barcelona debuts hybrid virtual set [NewscastStudio]

Research and Markets: Global Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Market 2013-2018: Accelerometer, Gyroscope & Haptics for Camera, Controller, Gloves and HMDs [Business Wire]

Augmented reality spectacles at a cost of 1€, thanks to a 3D printer [Basque Research]

PS4 Augmented Reality Features Teased With New Videos [Gameranx]

Upcoming Events

Webinar this week: Which Metaio Tool Should You Use? [Signup Here]

Pick of the Week

If you’ve ever wanted to make music with sand, you should have gone to this year’s Moogfest to check out the Sand Noise Device. SND uses the sandscape to generate a music system unique to it’s environment. Check out their website, this article, and the video below for more details.


Come on baby, light my fire: Light switches in a new dimension

April 7, 2014

The release of the BUSCH-JAEGER light switch application magically projects virtual light switches onto the walls of your home. 

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Do you want to experience the light switch of your choice on your wall even before it is installed? Now, that’s possible with the new BUSCH-JAEGER light switch app. The new 3D-LiveView transforms a marker tacked to the wall into a deceptively realistic light switch. You can then look at the three-dimensional switch from different angles – amazingly believable. In addition to the 3-D-visualization of the complete BUSCH-JAEGER light switch line, the app also uses location based AR to determine and display sales partners in the area.  2

The marketing team of Q:marketing  has developed this Augmented Reality app with the help of the Metaio SDK.

“With augmented reality applications we offer our clients a new and innovative approach to a more intense and sustainable dialogue with their customers. Our main intention is to deliver digital added value. Metaio and its AR SDK are providing us with the technical framework for bringing our ideas to live.”, says Sascha Wenning, Q:marketing, Head of Department Screendesign & Mobile Development. 

The app is intended to strengthen the brand of BUSCH-JAEGER with an innovative approach to product presentation. The app is available for iOS and Android free of charge. The marker can be downloaded via link within the app or on the BUSCH-JAEGER website.

The application enjoys increasing popularity due to the added value it provides. It will receive further updates and new functions in the future. Up next is a tablet version for iOS.  BUSCH-JAEGER will certainly expand the AR features even further.

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Meet Metaio at the Laval Virtual Conference, April 9th-11th

April 4, 2014

Laval

Metaio will attend the upcoming Laval Virtual conference in April. Don’t miss the best industrial AR projects presented by Thomas Jouhanneau both on stage and in the Expo Area together with our partners from CLARTE.

We spoke to Thomas and asked him about Metaio’s attendance at Laval:

Meet Thomas Jouhanneau, Product Manager Engineering Solutions at Metaio

Meet Thomas Jouhanneau, Product Manager Engineering Solutions at Metaio

What will you present at the Conference?

Metaio will be joining the expo area at the stand of our Partner CLARTE. We will show two demos: a Service & Maintenance Demo on a Mitsubishi climate machine and a Demo on AR for Documentation.

I will also provide a presentation about AR Solutions for Enterprise Users. During the presentation I will show how AR and especially how Metaio solutions can be used as a tool in an Enterprise to improve industrial processes.  Additionally, I will join other experts and customers in a Round Table on “How to use Augmented Reality to Improve Technical Documentation and Manuals”. In that Round Table, I will participate together with other experts such as Yvon Patte, Innovation Manager at GRTgaz, and Zile Liu, Co-founder & CEO of Laster Technologies. More information can be found on the conference’s website.

Mitsubishi_Maintenance

Mitsubishi Maintenance: Advanced step by step guidance through complex maintenance tasks provides improved support for technicians

Why will you be focusing on Enterprise Solutions along the Product Life Cycle?

Today, many people have heard about Augmented Reality but are not necessarily aware of the real utility of this technology. It is important for us that people come out of our presentation knowing that Augmented Reality is not only used for marketing campaigns and video games but also can be used as a tool to simplify complex tasks or to improve communication within an Enterprise.
Because Augmented Reality is an interface to superimpose digital information on the world around us, this technology can be used as a tool along the Product Lifecycle: from conception to entrance into the market until after sales.

Companies are now facing various problems such as reducing operating errors, increasing flexibility operators or accelerating decisions.
For each of these problems, augmented reality can be used as a tool. I will illustrate my presentation with examples we have developed for our customers. (e.g MARTA, Audi eKurzinfo, Mitsubishi Electric)

For which applications in an Enterprise do you see AR as an added value?

As an engineer, I see using Augmented Reality to improve Service & Maintenance tasks in the after sales domain as adding the most value for the industry. Why?

Metaio developed together with Volkswagen the Project MARTA - a service and maintenance tool for the XL1

Metaio developed together with Volkswagen the Project MARTA – a service and maintenance tool for the XL1

The Technical Reason:

The possibility of tracking a car under all light conditions – it works everywhere

Benefits for the Enterprise:

  • Bringing data to the right context on a light device – e.g. a 300 gram tablet.
  • Information (and updates) are always available for the operator
  • Reduced training time and accelerated maintenance tasks
  • Reduce error rate during complex tasks
  • Improved flexibility for the operator

A symbolic reason is that Metaio was originally founded for Service & Maintenance use cases. Ten years later, it is possible to use AR everywhere to help the operator and this is really amazing for me.

Thank you, Thomas for your insights! Meet you at Laval! 

For our French speakers, find also an interview with Thomas at RA Pro’ by following this link.


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: Mid February

February 18, 2014

Even the Simpsons are getting their AR on. 

Image from Buzzfeed.com

Image from Buzzfeed.com

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Metaio featured in BBC Click and ARTE Futuremag [Augmented Blog]

InsectARium – Beyond a Bug in a Box [Junaio Blog]

OGC, Wikitude, Layar, and Metaio invite Mobile World Congress attendees to AR Interoperability Demo [Wikitude]

Augmented Reality Across the World

Savvy Brands Are Using Apps Instead of Ads to Get Messages Across [Time]

Making Computing More Human with Wearable Tech [Designers of Things]

Beyond Glass: Inside Epson’s Scheme to Make the De-Facto Smart Glasses [SlashGear]

Augmented Reality is a Missed Opportunity for Marketers [The Guardian]

The latest marketing issues blog, brought to you by The Marketing Agencies Association.

Only Genuine Augmented Reality Eyewear App to Deliver Richest Experience for Motorcyclists [Digital Journal]

Augmented Reality Innovators, 6 Companies to Look Out For [Neon Tommy]

castAR rocks the Augmented World [AR Dirt]

Upcoming Events

Mobile World Congress. Come visit us next week in Hall 8.1 booth 8.1G47! [Mobile World Congress]

Webinar –  Continuous Visual Search: A Basic Introduction [Metaio Developer Portal]

Pick of the Week

There isn’t anything as fun as hanging out with the guys from BBC Click. Check out Dan Simmons’s trip to Audi’s research headquarters here and at 14 minutes in the video below.


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