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!

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 – Mid June

June 9, 2014

When I met you in the summer, to my heARtbeat sound

A rendering of Amazon's new phone - Courtesy of BGR

A rendering of Amazon’s new phone – Courtesy of BGR

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Festo and the Bionic Learning Network [Augmented Blog]

Metaio at the Augmented World Expo 2014 [Augmented Blog]

Thermal Touch: The Future of Wearable User Interfaces [Augmented Blog]

Metaio’s Thermal Touchscreen [Stylus]

AR prototype uses infrared cameras and thermal imprints [Electronics Weekly]

Augmented Reality News

Link’spiration June 9th – Augmented Reality [Allen Communication Blog]

Augmented Reality Car Dashboards [CarTrade]

3D display could make Google Glass easier on the eyes [Gizmag]

Take A Tour Of Meta, The Company That Wants The World To Be Like An ‘Iron Man’ Movie [Business Insider]

Valve shows off their own VR headset [Decrypted Tech]

Amazon’s new phone is a shopping powerhouse with 3D browsing, augmented reality, and indoor GPS [VentureBeat]

Google’s secretive 3D-mapping project now has a tablet: here it is [Engadget]

Virtual reality training for rescuers may save your life in a crisis [Engadget]

An Alternate (Augmented) Reality [Second Story]

Stereovision and augmented reality for closed-loop control of grasping in hand prostheses [IOP Science]

Augmented Reality – Revolutionizing Medicine and Healthcare [WhaTech]

Augmented Reality Device Can Prevent Eye Strain [Mobile Commerce Press]

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Metaio and the Vuzix M-100 [Register Here]

InsideAR Tokyo, July, 9th [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

With a massive amount of hype behind it, Amazon’s latest launch event has a lot of people speculating about the new device they plan on unveiling. Most signs point a new phone. You can register to go to the launch event (today is the last day!) next week on the 18th in Seattle and check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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.

Join us for the 2nd edition of InsideAR Tokyo!

March 18, 2014

Hanami celebrations are just about to begin and Japan comes into bloom: Time to get your Early Bird Tickets! 


For the 2nd time we will host an InsideAR in Tokyo for you (2014, July 8th) and we are now calling for speakers, exhibitors and sponsors!  Join us by giving a keynote or presentation to the ever growing audience of attendees and AR enthusiasts and submit your speaker proposal by visiting our website or via Email to: insidear@metaio.com.

Meet again Dr. Thomas Alt, CEO Metaio, Dr. Irina Gusakova and Matthias Greiner from the Metaio team who will speak about the future of Augmented Reality, the AR Product Lifecycle and use cases for Wearables.  

And here are the topics for 2014 InsideAR Tokyo:

  • The Wearable Computing Forecast
  • The Next Generation of Wearable Experiences
  • Better, Faster, Stronger: Accelerating Hardware for Augmented Reality
  • Optimizing Content for Applications and Development
  • AR Product Lifecycle: from Engineering to Sales
  • Augmented Reality in the Public Sector
  • AR Brings Print & Packaging Alive

For further information on what happened already at 2013 InsideAR, please visit our website: link and order your Early Bird tickets  here.


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.

Augmented Cars: An Interview with Markus Hammori

February 28, 2014

AR helps us to provide drivers quickly with the right information they need in a certain situation.”

Last autumn, Mercedes-Benz presented a world premiere at InsideAR in Munich: the first fully-functional prototype of an In-Vehicle Infotainment System using augmented reality. In his keynote, Markus Hammori, HMI Architecture and Instrument Cluster at Daimler AG, explained why augmented reality and cars work great together and why now is the time to implement those systems.

What was your main target in working on this experimental trial?

Markus Hammori: In this first step of our project we wanted to build a prototype showing augmented video in the car using widely available hardware. The ultimate goal was on one hand to assess which use cases will work and give a benefit to our customers and on the other to gather information on target architecture for implementing this technology. At  the moment we are building a technology demonstrator putting to use all sensor data available to current Mercedes-Benz models.


How long did it take from the very first idea to the realization of the In-Vehicle Infotainment navigation system?

MH: At Mercedes-Benz Group Research we always monitor innovative technologies. When it became clear in 2011 that AR could become a key innovation for in-vehicle HMI we decided to have a deeper look at it.

In 2012 our team at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America developed the “Dice” (Dynamic & Intuitive Control Experience) study and showed it at CES 2012. The concept is to represent information from the environment to the driver on the windshield visually and create a network. The study gives an outlook on how telematics and infotainment systems in the car of the future might look. After this visionary approach we wanted to show what is possible today.

But we still have a few things to do. There are some tricky obstructions such as street canyons with insufficient GPS reception or high speed maneuvers with a car, which mark big challenges for us.

What about head-up displays? Will we use them in the near future while driving a car?

MH: Of course we are also working on use cases for head-up displays; however, for several reasons we think that at the moment augmented video is the better option. Two short reasons: first, the field of view of the current and also the next generation of HUD will only allow augmenting a relatively small area when you aim for contact precise augmentation. More importantly however we will want to reduce the information shown on the HUD to top priority information e.g. speed, navigation and driver assistance in order to keep the distraction for the driver as low as possible. When aiming at a broader AR experience and especially for reaching the passengers we therefore need to look at the other display areas. Thanks to our split-view display we are also able to show the co-driver a different picture on the central screen than the driver. In vehicles with rear seat entertainment we thus can provide each passenger with an individual view.

Why do you think AR makes sense for In-Vehicle Infotainment?

MH: The technology helps us tremendously to provide drivers quickly with the right information they need in a certain situation. It is simply much faster to be presented with the name of the street you are currently looking at or the number of the house that you are just passing compared to zooming into your navigation map until you find that information. And speed in this case means less distraction and therefore more safety and comfort.

Also we want to provide new entertainment use cases to the co-drivers. That starts with touristic information such as panorama images or geo caches. We want to offer a motivation to stop sightseeing or just to explore new areas while driving around. Nevertheless, the technology still needs a final touch until we can offer it on any Mercedez-Benz vehicle.

AR and Automotive Love – A Review from InsideAR 2013

November 12, 2013

You may call me “K.I.T.T.”

Years ago the automotive industry basically gave birth to augmented reality, and ever since the two have gone together like Foxes and Norwegian comedy. At InsideAR 2013 their bond was proven to be as strong as ever as Professor Doctor Werner Schreiber of VW, Markus Hammori of Mercedes Benz, Sebastian Schillinger of Audi, and Sergiu Ardelean of Card-Emotion each gave their insight to the future of AR and the automotive industry.

Professor Doctor Werner Schreiber, Volkswagen Group, presenting MARTA: AR in Vehicle Service – Past, Present and Future

Prof. Dr. Werner Schreiber, born 1957, is head of Research Virtual technologies at Volkswagen Group. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Production Engineering and Interchangeability. Moreover, Dr. Schreiber is the leader of AVILUS, the world’s most ambitious Augmented Reality research project. At InsideAR he presented MARTA, a collaboration project between Metaio and Volkswagen and a service maintenance tool for the concept car XL1.

Markus Hammori, Mercedes Benz: Cruising the Augmented City

Having studied computer science at the University of Ulm, Markus joined Daimler in 2004 and worked on process and IT-projects throughout the organization. However times are a-changin’ and these days you get the feeling that cars mainly run on bits and bytes, making computer science an essential part of automotive innovation. At Daimler Group Research and Advanced Engineering Telematics Markus and his team develop new architecture that help making user interface in the car even more intuitive is part of the task and AR does definitely fit this bill. He strongly believes that Augmented Reality can help make the user interface in cars easier to understand and thus safer and more comfortable to use.

Sebastian Schillinger, Audi: Fast, Easy, Intuitive – Audi eKurzinfo Application

Sebastian Schillinger studied Digital Media at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern. At AUDI AG he works in the owner’s literature department and is responsible for interactive and multimedia-based manuals. In 2010 he drafted the first version of an augmented reality manual called Audi Bordbunch 2.0. Since that time he has become the project manager for the succeeding App Audi eKurzinfo.

Sergiu Ardelean, card-emotion: Volkswagen seeMore Application

After graduating from University of Applied Science of Hagenberg, Media technology and design, Sergiu Ardelean became an important member of card-emotion to help develop the company from the very start. Together with the CEO he developed the company’s products and had a constant drive to find new solutions for interactive marketing. Now he is responsible for the creation department and concepts of each project. Sergiu and his colleague Roman presented the Volkswagen seeMore application at InsideAR 2013, In 2010 the first seeMore application was implemented for Volkswagen Germany. In the last 3 years card-emotion has enhanced the design and developed new features which are now used worldwide. They started off with Germany and now have nearly signed 20 countries.

Makes you wish you had gone to insideAR right? Well there’s always next year! Stay tuned for additional reviews and presentations from insideAR 2013 or watch them all on our Youtube channel.

Using AR with Wearable Tech – From InsideAR 2013

November 6, 2013

Heading for always on, always augmented.

If you checked out last week’s post you saw our review of wearable computing from InsideAR 2013. Now we’ve branched out to AR on wearable tech with talks from SAP’s Nick Brown, SITA’s Kevin O’Sullivan, Vuzix’s Dan C. Cui,  and Metaio’s very own Stefan Misslinger.

Here are their keynotes:

Nick Brown, SAP: Augmented Reality in the Enterprise

Nick Brown is senior vice president of strategy and solution management for SAP‘s mobile applications and mobile platforms. In this global role he is responsible for driving SAP’s mobile platform strategy for MEAP, MCAP, and MDM, and managing the portfolio of mobile B2E & B2C applications across all SAP LoB and Industry focus areas. Nick and his team are responsible for delivery of mobile roadmaps and market requirements for all aspects for SAP Mobile business. In addition he is responsible for strategic market development, mobile strategy and overall business planning. His team supports SAP partners and customers become better-run mobile enterprises. He explores how you can embrace emerging technologies to improve employee productivity, reduce safety incidents, reduce training and on boarding, and improve overall operational efficiency within your warehouse or on your shop floor – regardless of your industry.

Kevin O’Sullivan, SITA Lab: Smart Glasses in Aviation Industry

Kevin O’Sullivan is a Lead Engineer at SITA Lab, the technology research laboratory of SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport communication and information technology (IT) solutions. At the SITA Lab, Kevin investigates disruptive technologies that will impact the airline & transport industry in the near and mid-term future. Areas of research include consumer & workforce mobility, wearable computing & augmented reality, big data, NFC, indoor location and context driven systems. Kevin’s previous augmented reality projects include the Copenhagen Airport indoor AR app and the Malaysia Airlines AR booking application. SITA Lab will present the result of a six month research project into the use of smart glasses in an airport environment. The talk includes an assessment of “Smart Glasses” technology on the marketplace, comparisons between the capabilities of this technology, background on the aims & goals, development process and lessons learned.

Dan C. Cui, Vuzix: Serving and Creating a Great Experience for the Consumer

Dan C. Cui’s career as a sales, marketing and business development professional has focused on introducing leading edge technology and products into new markets on a global basis. Dan has held senior positions in consumer electronics, e-commerce, semi-conductor, system, and electronic design automation (EDA) industries. Prior to joining Vuzix, Dan held the position of Sr. Vice President of Sale & Marketing at Myvu (formely MicroOptical) Corporation, one of the early HMD market leaders. He was instrumental in creating brand name recognition and consumer demand for Myvu’s award winning, wearable video displays around the world.

Stefan Misslinger, Metaio: World’s First AR Browser on Google Glass

Stefan Misslinger is one of the lead develoeprs for Metaio and is responsible for the development of the augmented reality browser, Junaio.

We’ll keep you posted for more summaries and presentations from this year’s InsideAR or check them all out on our YouTube page!

November 4, 2013: Weekest Links

November 4, 2013

Remember remember the fourth of November. 

I remember this from that one night in college.

Metaio | Junaio Recap

  • Augmented Reality: Ikea Catalogue and beyond [Econsultancy]
  • New Webinar: Learn all about the new features in the Metaio Creator 3.0 [video]
  • CastAR: A future in Augmented Reality and Videogames [blog]
  • InsideAR 2013: The Future of Wearable Computing [blog]
  • AR Dirt Podcast: InsideAR Recap [AR Dirt]

There are things that are happening

  • Google gesture patent would let Glass wearers “heart” real-world objects [engadget]
  • Virtual Reality: All you need to know about input devices for the bright new future of gaming [Gamasutra]
  • The rise of Augmented Reality in gaming [IQ Intel Blog]
  • Peering into the future of Augmented Reality Gaming [Gamasutra]


  • Trak Lord will present at this year’s Visual Media Alliance in San Francisco, “How to: Augment Reality into a Real Thing”, November 6 [event site]
  • Brendan Scully will participate in a panel on AR at the 7th GeoWeb Summit, November 7 in New York City [50% discount]
  • All the InsideAR presentations from Day 1 and Day 2 are available on Metaio’s YouTube page [youtube.com/metaioAR]

Pick of the week: Pixelstick – Light Painting Evolved

For those of you who don’t know about light painting, it’s basically twirling around gigantic light-saber type things to slow-capture large digital impressions on reality. Maybe not computer vision, but extremely creative and visually stimulating. Enjoy the video- more on their Kickstarter page.


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