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!


metaio at the ITU Telekom World 2011

October 28, 2011

ITU Telecom World 2011 is a gathering of leading industry players, government heads, digital innovators and technological talents – focused on applying the power of connected technology to real-world issues.

Young start-ups, like metaio, are often responsible for some of the best innovative ideas and disruptive technologies, many of which can make the world better, smarter, safer and more productive. Invited to speak at the ITU Telecom World 2011, Peter Meier (CTO) presented some ideas of how Augmented Reality could help people in under-developed parts of the world, such as Africa, in their struggle to build viable economies.

One of the key issues is in fact equipment maintenance. While international economic aid occasionally provides new equipment for local factories, the ongoing maintenance of industrial installations, production equipment or fleets of trucks becomes a real problem. Production rates then drop after a while due to equipment failure simply because local workers have not been properly trained for maintenance or do not speak English and are thus unable to read the manuals.

In these countries mobile internet connections are often more reliable than landlines. This is where Augmented Reality could be of real help. With a mobile device, AR object recognition technology would identify the equipment to be maintained, and then integrate into the camera view easy to understand graphic overlays (like a virtual spanner) which would point out to the worker exactly which screws are to be loosened or which pipes are to be disconnected for proper servicing.

Who needs a manual? A picture says more than a thousand words, after all.



Unifeye Design 2.5 Now Available

October 10, 2011

metaio is pleased to announce that the latest version of our Design software is now available for download.

Once again, AR is neither a sci-fi fantasy nor something limited to gimmicky one-off applications. Our design software enables anyone with a Windows PC to produce rich, interactive content. Our clients and partners use Design in trade shows, integrated marketing campaigns, classrooms, commercial applications, internal demonstrations and much more.

If you’re not already familiar with Design, you may have heard about our wonderful project with LEGO, now deployed in every LEGO-branded store in the world.

For the new 2.5 update we’ve rolled out the following updates:

  • New features:
    • Facetracking: for tracking a users face and overlaying3D content (e.g. hats, glasses etc.)
    • Extensible tracking: for tracking in unknown environments the system automatically creates and updates an internal map of features for tracking based on the camera image. This allows you to move around freely with your camera and the system adjusts on the fly.
  • Markerless tracking: Improved performance and stability
  • Licensing: Licenses can be moved to another PC (only full version)
  • Uses new version of BsContact renderer (7.2.2.0). For a list of features see the release notes on the Bitmanagement website.
  • Several bugfixes for Unifeye and the Workflow Authority GUI

For more information, please see our web store and our extensive documentation on all of our software.

Update

A Design license (post-activation) is bound to the user’s PC, so moving / transferring the license is not allowed. There are however cases where a user would need to transfer a license, such as when uploading to a new machine. Starting with Design 2.5, license holders will have the ability to transfer their licenses twice. 

To send a request or purchase a license dongle, contact sales (at) metaio (dot) com.

To transfer your license, go here. Enter your activation key and click Get Licenses.

 


Come Join Us at this year’s Augmented Reality Development Camp Bay Area 2010

November 29, 2010

This Saturday, December 4th 2010, metaio’s entire U.S team will meet and greet with fellow augmented reality experts!

The Bay Area Augmented Reality Development Camp is a free, open-format un-conference for the Augmented Reality community. AR DevCamp will look at the entire AR stack from core components & standards to productization, strategy, ethnography, and futures.

This year’s meeting of the minds will take place at Gray Area Foundation For The Arts, also known as GAFFTA in San Francisco.

Suggested topics for this year include but are not limited to:

  • civic & industrial implementations, support for sensor networks & the Internet of Things
  • design, UI, and user experience
  • gaming & transmedia, art & music

For more information please visit: http://www.ardevcamp.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page


The Future of Augmented Reality – Right Now

September 29, 2010

We held a conference, called “insideAR”, with focus on current practical applications in marketing and industry as well as on the future of this exciting field, which is being identified by many analysts as one of the most disruptive technologies of the years to come. 250 attendees from many countries and industries were able to follow insightful presentations by Intel, Nokia, Siemens and others about their company`s contributions and plans regarding AR. As the many money-earning practical applications on display during the conference demonstrated, Augmented Reality is definitely here to stay and has found its place in everyday life. metaio, as conference host, took opportunity to present its view of market opportunities, its vision of a seamless interconnection between the real and the digital world, and the kind of advanced technologies available already or being developed at the metaio labs at this point in time.

The full press release can be found: here.

All the keynotes can be found: here.


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