Weekest Links – Late June

June 16, 2014

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

augmented reality gamers

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


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.


City Visions – An Augmented Reality Developer Challenge

April 30, 2014

This year the Augmented World Expo will be hosting an open challenge for augmented reality developers: City Visions. The goal of the challenge is to get developers to think about the future of an augmented urban environment. Developers are encouraged to use their imagination to and design an augmented reality experience focused architecture, transportation, and art in a future city. Expect to use the mural below as the main tracking target.

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Rules, Guidelines and Submissions can be found here. Any questions or suggestions can be sent to heavy[at]theheavyprojects.com. Best of luck!

 


Metaio’s service applications for warehouse workers on BBC Click

April 29, 2014

Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 10.26.14 AMThe order picking process in a warehouse is THE central function for online commerce and has significant influence on a satisfying distribution, customer satisfaction and ultimately on reduction of expenses. Wearable augmented reality is a fantastic solution for picking process issues. The superimposition of virtual data onto a real warehouse environment via heads-up displays like Google Glass, Vuzix or Epson glasses worn by the employees will reduce time and costs for the company. Metaio has explored the development of Augmented Reality for warehousing, combining visual search, Metaio tracking technology, data superimposition, and a powerful cloud backend that can support this process progressively.

 

Mistakes are mostly the result of human error or an inefficient system, and lead to more time expenditure, higher costs in commissioning, less customer satisfaction or, in the worst case, a loss of significant buyers. Read more about this in our blogpost “An SAP Warehouse Concept for Error Detection in Warehouse Picking Processes“.

BBC Click visited us this January and tested our service applications for Google Glass™. And finally you can watch the video here starting from minute 16:16.

Thanks again to the FML Lehrstuhl from the TU Munich for giving us access to their warehouse!

Glass is a trademark of Google Inc.


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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Metaio featured in BBC Click and ARTE Futuremag!

February 12, 2014

It was a very fantastic end to last year and a very cool start to 2014: German-French TV station ARTE and the BBC came to visit us to get excited about Augmented Reality applications from Metaio. Both shooting teams traveled to Munich and were interested in the hottest topics in the tech business: valuable Augmented Reality applications with actual use cases for wearables like Google Glass – we showed them everything!

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See the results in both videos below:

BBC Click programme

With BBC journalists Dan Simmons and Nick Kwek, we enjoyed two exciting shooting days preparing a feature for the popular BBC Click programme showing a proof of concept for a Car Manual on Google Glass (featuring the Metaio SDK 5.0), which we presented at the InsideAR Conference in Munich, the Audi eKurzinfo application as well as the Window to the World, an innovative visualization concept with real-time interaction developed by Metaio and ART, which combines the physical and the virtual world to evaluate results immediately.

Take a look into the BBC movie yourself – the Metaio part starts from minute 9:19. It’s quite entertaining!

ARTE Futuremag programme

ARTE wanted to prepare a feature about new technological innovations and asked us to show valuable Augmented Reality use cases for different devices and in particular for Google Glass. The result is a very informative Futuremag feature with a deep look into the possibilities of our future. All Metaio related footage starts from minute 7:20. Enjoy!


Metaio to Unveil First Hands-Free Car Manual on Google Glass, New 3-D Tracking Technology and optimized wearable augmented reality platform at InsideAR 2013

September 17, 2013
Munich & San Francisco, 17 September 2013: Metaio, world leader in augmented reality (AR) software and solutions, today announces the development of the first-ever hands-free, marker-less augmented automotive manual using Google Glass. Metaio will additionally update and optimize its core technology and leading augmented reality platform to accommodate the major wearable device providers like Epson, Google and Vuzix, all of which will be presented October 10-11 in Munich at Metaio’s annual technology conference, InsideAR:www.metaio.com/insideAR.

The hands-free interactive car manual prototype developed by Metaio will be the first time that augmented reality on wearable computing will be shown to be productive and commercially viable.Metaio R&D developed this new prototype as a proof-of-concept of the capabilities of its AR platform on wearable devices. A new type of 3-D tracking and recognition technology engineered by Metaio utilizes CAD models to recognize and overlay 3-D content onto the real world counterpart. Since no markers, GPS or point clouds are required, the stability of the augmented reality experience increases dramatically, while remaining almost immune to variable lighting, glare, position, and other environmental factors that tend to interfere with vision-based experiences.

Update Metaio AR-Platform

Metaio will update its leading augmented reality platform to include the incredible new tracking technology presented in the demo, in addition to adding support for major wearable computing devices, including Epson Moverio, Google Glass and Vuzix M-100. And looking toward a wearable ecosystem, Metaio will upgrade 3-D and 2-D visualization to include programmable shaders and other camera optimizations that will allow for more robust tracking and an overall more realistic user experience.

InsideAR attendees will get the chance to try the demo on Google Glass, along with many other wearable demos that feature hands-free augmented reality. Developers and non-developers alike can learn how they can use the Metaio AR platform to build next-generation wearable apps, with the Metaio SDK, Creator and Cloud services.

“We’re going beyond one-off passive viewing experiences,” says Metaio CTO Peter Meier. “Metaio is taking all the necessary steps to ensure an always on, always augmented future, and we’re beginning that journey in a big way at this year’s InsideAR in Munich.”

More images of the experience are available on our press page

To learn more and register for InsideAR, October 10-11 in Munich, please visitwww.metaio.com/insideAR

To learn more about augmented reality software and services by Metaio, please visit www.metaio.com

About Metaio

The worldwide leader in Augmented Reality (AR) research and technology, Metaio develops software products for visually interactive solutions between the real and the virtual world. Based on the Metaio Augmented Reality platform, digital and 3-D content can be integrated seamlessly into the user’s camera view looking upon the real world. Serving over 50.000 developers and powering over 1,000 apps for enterprise, marketing, retail, publishing and industrial cases, over 30 Million consumers use Metaio’s AR software. Learn more at www.metaio.com


Press Release: Metaio & Vuzix to Showcase AR-Ready Smart Glasses at the 2013 Augmented World Expo

May 30, 2013

Apps built on world’s first software developer kit for wearable computing from Metaio to run on Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses

San Francisco, CA – 30 May 2013: Metaio, the world leader in augmented reality (AR) software and solutions and Vuzix Corporation, (OTCBB:VUZI) a leading developer and supplier of smart glasses, will join forces to showcase AR experiences built on the powerful Metaio SDK running on the AR-Ready Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses, at one of the largest gathering of AR professionals, the 2013 Augmented World Expo (AWE), June 4-5 in Santa Clara, CA.

Metaio’s AR software is currently used by over 30 million consumers and 50,000 developers, powering more than 1,000 apps for enterprise, marketing, retail, publishing and industrial markets. Vuzix’ products, including its smart glasses, have won 14 Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Awards. With its origins in defense research and development for next generation display solutions, Vuzix is a technology leader and early entrant in the Smart Glasses field

Metaio, an AWE Silver Sponsor, will be demonstrating the latest in next-generation AR at its booth at AWE, including numerous apps built with the Metaio SDK, the first SDK ready for wearable computing- as shown by its compatibility with the powerful and lightweight Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses.

“Wearable computing is the next step for natural, useful Augmented Reality,” said Metaio CTO Peter Meier. “In order to realize the dream of an always on, always augmented world, it is important to have software for developers ready, today, for smart glasses like the Vuzix M100.”

“Metaio has always been at the cutting-edge of the AR industry,” said Vuzix CEO Paul Travers. “The fact that their software and apps run on this hardware out-of-the-box is further proof that the M100 Smart Glasses are already primed to deliver real-time, hands-free instant augmentations of a user’s reality.”

Metaio will conduct extensive R&D to continue to adapt its powerful augmented reality SDK to be compatible with the next generation of wearable computing devices. To download the newest version of the Metaio SDK, visit http://www.metaio.com/sdk

To learn more about the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses, visithttp://www.vuzix.com/consumer/products_m100.html

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About Metaio

The worldwide leader in Augmented Reality (AR) research and technology, Metaio develops software products for visually interactive solutions between the real and the virtual world. Based on the Metaio Augmented Reality platform, digital and 3-D content can be integrated seamlessly into the user’s camera view looking upon the real world. Serving over 50.000 developers and powering over 1,000 apps for enterprise, marketing, retail, publishing and industrial cases, over 30 Million consumers use Metaio’s AR software. Learn more at www.metaio.com

About Vuzix Corporation

Vuzix is a leading supplier of video and cloud connected video eyewear products in the consumer, industrial, media and entertainment markets. The company’s personal display products offer users a portable high quality viewing experience for industrial wearable displays, consumer digital content viewing as well as 3D, virtual and augmented reality experiences. Vuzix also provides developer software and support to enable the growth and development of AR applications for its mobile devices. With its origins in defense research and development for next generation display solutions, Vuzix holds over 44 patents and patents pending in the video eyewear field. The company has won 14 Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Awards, the RetailVision Best New Product and several wireless technology innovation awards, among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (TSX-V:VZX – News, OTC:BB: VUZI, FMB: V7X) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan. For more information visit www.vuzix.com.


metaio Engineer – Helping Redefine Industry Processes

July 18, 2012

With Augmented Reality increasing its visibility in fields like marketing, mobile and entertainment applications of the technology in industrial processes help our customer to improve the quality and maintainability of their products on a day-to-day level. We are proud that we have, ever since the inception of metaio, viewed the deployment of the technology in the industrial domain as one of the strongest use-cases.
Our core industrial product metaio Engineer is the only professional Augmented Reality solution on the market to satisfy the needs of industrial users with applications in production planning, virtual prototyping and maintenance of technical products – all based on 10 years of research and development in the industrial domain.
-the metaio team

 

Announcing the all new metaio Engineer 5.0

From Q4/2012 the all new metaio Engineer 5.0 will be available to our customers. We have received more than 150 feature requests from our customers and partners worldwide and have implemented more than 100 features in the new release. Developing the new version we have put special emphasis on the following features:

  • Integrated high precision camera calibration
  • New high accuracy off set calibration
  • Improved handling of CAD files
  • Support for measuring tasks between real and virtual objects

The flexible design of metaio Engineer allows for the deployment in production planning, logistic planning, verification tasks as well as assembly support.

Automotive Prototyping with Augmented Reality

Shorter product life cycles and the rising complexity in automotive design and prototyping makes virtual engineering a key success factor in the industry. Using Augmented Reality to compare virtual design data with actual prototypes can result in a lower time-to-market and can improve product quality.
Learn how our customers use metaio Engineer in their prototyping environment to support the following tasks:

  • Superimposition of welding bolts
  • Visual check of construction status
  • Validation of flexible parts (tubing and wiring for example)
  • Virtual correction and assembly analysis
  • Assembly space analysis

The key benefits in this application domain include:

  • Reduced training costs
  • Reduced number of real prototypes
  • Qualitative improvement of prototyping parts (e.g. vendor parts)
  • Improved communication with designers, vendors and test engineers

Have look on the case study and learn more about automotive prototyping.

Retrofitting in the Shipbuilding Industry with Augmented Reality

In our latest case-study we are showcasing how MAN Diesel is using Augmented Reality to retrofit a 30 year old ship engine. In order to save time and cost as well as for a reliable project planning, the installation of the new engine is simulated in advance using metaio Engineer.
Based on photos of the current engine compartment Augmented Reality allows for the virtual positioning of the retrofitted engine and its mounting positions.
The key benefits in this application domain include:

  • Improved estimate on project costs
  • Virtual evaluation of design options
  • Identification of savings
  • Efficient communication between engineering, sales, management and customers
  • Highly accelerated capturing of spatial limitations

We see a wide field of possible applications for the methodology on all measures of retro-fitting, re-powering and maintenance of ship engines.

metaio Engineer 5.0 – live at insideAR 2012

This year our famous annual exhibition insideAR – one of the biggest Augmented Reality events worldwide – will be the platform for presenting the brand new metaio Engineer 5.0. With a large number of new features this release takes another step to an all-in-one solution for highly- accurate AR analyses in almost every kind of engineering projects.
All our guests at insideAR will have the opportunity to see metaio Engineer solve day-to-day tasks in virtual engineering on real live use-cases.
Come to insideAR on October 1st and 2nd and take a look!


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