InsideAR Speaker Spotlight: Court Westcott

August 19, 2014

InsideAR Munich 2014

Welcome to our first edition of our InsideAR Speaker Spotlight series. Over the coming weeks we will be introducing the speakers who will be presenting at InsideAR 2014 in Munich. Our speakers will cover a wide variety of topics related to Augmented Reality, from the technological outlook to social implications. We will be using this spotlight to give you a little more insight into our guest speakers and their role in the world of Augmented Reality.

Court Westcott

Meet Court Westcott of Commodore Partners!

For our first edition of the InsideAR Speaker Spotlight, we are happy to introduce Court Westcott, Managing Partner of Commodore Partners. As Managing Partner at Commodore, Court manages a portfolio of investments in tech companies (including Metaio!). As an investor in cutting edge technology, you can imagine Court has a thing are two to say about the future of tech and how Augmented Reality will play a role.We decided to learn a little more about Court’s history with Augmented Reality, and what he thinks the future will look like:

 

What are you going to present at InsideAR 2014?

Court Westcott: I am going to give a talk about whether or not computer vision will disrupt the search engine and change the origination point from where queries begin.

 

Have you ever attended InsideAR before and what was the most exciting part for you at previous events?

CW: This is my 3rd InsideAR.  It is always exciting to see all the amazing new innovations that Metaio has come up with and the imaginative ways its customers use their technology.

 

What is the next challenge in AR that you would like to see overcome?

CW: First, enough processing power to make continuous visual search to the consumer possible without draining their batteries.  Secondly, HMDs that are indistinguishable from normal glasses.  Fix these two problems and you will see mass adoption of AR.  Gesture is also still unresolved, but less of a bottle neck.

 

What is your personal vision of the future of AR? What Application do you wish you had today?

CW: I am terrible with names, so an app with facial recognition that provided me with people’s names would be a killer app for me.  My personal vision for the future of AR is that one day AR will provide everyone with perfect contextual data in real time, as needed.

 

Catch more of Court Westcott’s views on the future of AR in his presentation “Can Computer Vision Disrupt the Search Engine?” where he will explore the idea of computer vision and Augmented Reality disrupting the current model of searching and accessing information.

That’s it from us for this week – if you’d like to watch some of the presentations from last year’s InsideAR event, check out our InsideAR YouTube playlist.

 


InsideAR Munich takes place on October 29th and 30th, 2014 at the Kleine Olympiahalle in Munich. Learn more at http://www.insidear2014.com/

Need a ticket? Register here: http://www.insidear2014.com/register

 Interested in becoming a speaker? Get in touch with our team via: insidear@metaio.com


AR Weekly – Mid August

August 18, 2014

GET TO THE CHOPP-AR!

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Baaahhh, I’m a moose (Image Courtesy of Digital Signage Today)

 

Metaio | Junaio Recap

ISMAR 2914 Comes to Munich! [Augmented Blog]

Junaio – Now Available For A Moverio BT-200 Near You [Junaio Blog]

Metaio Launches Junaio Augmented Reality Browser for Epson Moverio BT-200 Data Glasses [Telepresence Options]

Augmented Reality News

Mini Babybel launches Halloween gaming app [Talking Retail]

Himax Technologies, Inc. and Lumus, Inc. Announce Collaboration to Develop Next-Generation Smart Glasses [CNN Money]

Is Kobe Bryant’s Projection-Augmented Court the Future of Basketball? [Motherboard]

A display of amazing power [SaskNews]

ImmersiON-VRelia Launches Virtual Reality Commercial Entertainment Division [Broadway World]

Augmented reality motorcycle helmet now available to buy from Skully [Mobile Commerce News]

To Receive Your Message, This App Makes You Travel to a Real Location [Mashable]

This is what Microsoft’s augmented reality glass could look like: Google Glass killer? [Tech Times]

Augmented reality a hit with outdoor advertisers [ProPrint]

Augmented reality digital signage brings the Serengeti to the streets of Hong Kong [Digital Signage Today]

VividWorks Featured in Gartner’s Augmented Reality Vendor Market Guide [Broadway World]

European Wearable Technology Market – Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019 [Market Watch]

Office Depot Integrates BTS Promos Via Augmented Reality, Mobile, And Social [Retail Solutions Online]

UC reopens remediated and renamed Registry building [Scoop]

zSpace and NGRAIN Partner to Develop Virtual Reality DICOM Viewer for Immersive Medical Visualization [Digital Journal]

Augmented reality tech aimed at keeping soldiers safe [WNCN]

This is Samsung’s VR headset [The Verge]

Epson Announces Moverio Developer Program and App Market at SIGGRAPH 2014 [Broadway World]

IT Employee Confidence in Construction [ConstrucTech]

Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision [CoEXIST]

The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road [TechCrunch]

Tamiko Thiel: Excited New Digital Artwork Augmented Reality At The Shard [Artlyst]

Augmented and Virtual Reality Market Estimated to Be Worth $1.06 Billion by 2018 [Virtual Strategy]

Is Reality Ready For Augmentation [Torque]

What These Banks Learned About Wearable Devices, Augmented Reality [American Banker]

Upcoming Events

Vote for the HoloGramma: How Tech Can ‘Bring Back Our Departed SXSW Interactive 2015 Panel, featuring Peter Meier! [Vote Here]

InsideAR Beijing, September 5th [Register Here]

InsideAR Munich, October 29, 30 [Register Here]

Webinar – Designing for Augmented Reality Applications [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

There is some amazing face tracking technology out there, and a few days ago this video was posted using real-time face tracking and projections to portray “living makeup.” The project features some incredibly robust tracking and animations. Check out the video below and read more about it on Slash Gear and The Verge.


ISMAR 2014 Comes to Munich!

August 18, 2014

ISMAR – the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (thank God for acronyms!) comes to Metaio’s home city of Munich this year and we are going to make it one to remember. Seeing as ISMAR 2014 is so close to home, Metaio is sponsoring the event and making sure there are some great topics to enjoy. Our research team has been working hard on two long-form papers and three posters for this year’s presentation. Here’s a quick look at the topics we are going to cover:

 ISMAR 2014 Munich

Augmented Reality on Smartwatches?

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Scan the world from your wrist!

The smartwatch craze is upon us and so Metaio researchers decided to explore how they can assist in Augmented Reality experiences. While the small screens don’t lend themselves to immersive AR, smartwatches can be great for quickly snapping an image, or scanning an object. Image recognition on a smartwatch makes a great companion to a full-fledged AR device in the pocket – but what adaptations need to be made for such a form
factor? This poster explores the challenges involved with bringing real-time visual search to a watch, and what potential use cases can be derived from such a technology.

 

Read the full poster here.

Check out our preview video here.

 

AR for the Elderly

Augmented Reality has been praised for its ability to deliver information in an intuitive way, but what happens when you use this technology to assist the elderly? Metaio, in conjunction with the TU München and LMU München, investigated ease of use, ergonomics and appropriateness of this cutting edge technology for an aging demographic.

Read the full poster here.

 

Mobile Augmented Reality Maintenance for Volkswagen XL1

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

In conjunction with Volkswagen AG, Metaio researchers developed the Mobile Augmented Reality Technical Assistance (MARTA) for automobile technicians. Making its debut on the Volkswagen XL1 concept car, MARTA uses the latest 3D tracking technologies to provide intuitive assistance. What does it take to build an application that can track a real-life vehicle? This poster examines the technical challenges of such a project, and what lies ahead for future iterations.

Read the full Poster here.

Click here to see MARTA in action.

 

Lights, Camera, Coherent Illumination!

While tracking is an important component of Augmented Reality, realistically rendering digital images into a scene is incredibly important for an immersive AR experience. Hollywood studios have the time and luxury of editing footage after-the-fact, but real-time Augmented Reality applications have to render “special effects” on the fly. Catch Metaio Research Sebastian Knorr’s presentation about how “coherent rendering” adds a new level of realism to digital graphics rendered into a real-life scene by applying the illumination of the real world to augmented virtual objects.

Read the full paper here.

 

Hot topic: Thermal Touch

“Thermal Touch” – the technology that has the potential to turn any material into an interactive surface was a huge hit with the tech community. Using computer vision technology combined with a thermal camera has provided a solution for the interaction problem with wearable devices like Google Glass. We released a video showing off the technology in May this year, and now our Head of Advanced Technologies Group, Daniel Kurz, will present the nuts and bolts of the whole setup at ISMAR.

Read the full paper here.

 

 

If all this AR talk isn’t enough for you, not to worry! Inside AR Munich is just around the corner on October 29th and 30th! Learn more at http://www.insidear2014.com/

 


Junaio – Now Available For A Moverio BT-200 Near You

August 14, 2014

metaio:

Some amazing news out for Junaio!

Originally posted on junaio Blog:

moverio_junaioYesterday Metaio announced that Junaio became the first Augmented Reality browser to become available on the Moverio BT-200 Apps Market! By using the Moverio’s transparent display technology with Junaio Mirage edition, you can experience one of the purest forms of Augmented Reality.

As one of the most widely used Augmented Reality browsers in the world, Junaio brings a big audience to the Moverio platform. With the “see through” capabilities enabled, Junaio and the Moverio BT-200 make the perfect pair. As Mr. Atsunari Tsuda, General Manager of HMD Business Management Department, Epson, put it “Epson is excited to have one of the most popular AR browsers debut on the Moverio Apps Market. By onboarding the Junaio developer ecosystem, we are confident that the Moverio platform features some of the best and most innovate Augmented Reality content available today.”

For more information on the Epson Moverio BT-200, check out Epson’s website. For more…

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AR Weekly – Early August

August 11, 2014

Editor’s note: The votes are in, thanks everyone! It was a tough race but we’ve ultimately decided that Weekest Links from this day forward, shall be called AR Weekly. The content may change here and there, but AR Weekly will be brought together for you to as the main source for the biggest new in Augmented Reality, Metaio, and the computer vision industry. Thanks for reading! And without further ado. . . .

We AR Groot.

CNBC future mall

Courtesy of Yahoo News

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Augmented Reality at the Agency Level [LinkedIn]

Featured Channel: Vergers de France by Transhuman Collective [Junaio Blog]

Augmented Reality News

Conquer Mobile to Speak at SIGGRAPH 2014 on Virtual Reality Simulation and Practical Uses of Augmented Reality [Digital Journal]

SKULLY Delivers World’s First Augmented Reality Motorcycle Helmet [Broadway World]

Popular Brain AR App Goes Virtual [EIN News]

Augmented and Virtual Reality Market Estimated to Be Worth $1.06 Billion by 2018 [Virtual-Strategy Magazine]

Westpac to launch new mobile commerce app using augmented reality [Mobile Commerce News]

App aids tech-savvy home hunters in Calgary [Calgary Herald]

Augmented reality gives physical world a virtual dimension [BBC News]

OBI goes digital with mobile property app [Manchester Evening News]

Be AMAZED as Augmented Reality Brings Your Paintings to Life! [Art Fido]

Augmented Reality’s Role In Retail [Retail Touch Prints]

Forget Automated Driving, Augmented Reality Driving is the Next Big Thing [Transport Evolved]

Why Oculus sees virtual reality as the “final compute platform” [Ars Technica]

NASA Augmented Reality app brings Mars Rover to your desk [Slash Gear]

Westpac adds augmented reality to online banking toolbox [The Age]

UNC, Nvidia Serve Up the AR Goggles of the Future [PC Magazine]

Augmented Reality Glasses From Lenovo To Compete With Google Glass [Mobile Commerce Press]

Upcoming Events

InsideAR Beijing, September 5 [Register Here]

DMBA Foresight Film Festival Episode 1: Augmented Reality [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

It seems the future of retail has been getting a lot of press recently. With major players such as IKEA, Target, and Tesco getting into the technology game, many have been wondering what exactly the future for these brick and mortar companies would look like in an age of online companies like Amazon. An article from Yahoo takes an in-depth analysis at the retail could look like in the future. Check out the article and be sure to watch the videos for some very interesting insights.

Courtesy of Yahoo

Courtesy of Yahoo News

 


Weekest Links – Beginning of August

August 4, 2014

From AR to VR, from VR to AR, fun things are every-R!

Editor’s note: This is the last week of Weekest Links (at least in name). Don’t forget to vote for the new name in the poll below and enjoy this week’s week of augmented news!

And we’re back–

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Image Courtesy of Tech Times

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Metaio Brings Augmented Reality to the Smartwatch [EE Times]

Xenium Digital: Augmented Reality made in India [Augmented Blog]

Real Estate Set To Tap Into New Form Of Augmented Reality [Opp Connect]

Augmented Reality News

Researchers Develop Augmented Reality System for Rock Walls [ActionHub]

Augmented Reality May Be Game Changer for Vehicle Interiors [WardsAuto]

HI-TECH BMW, Toyota Introduce Augmented Reality [The Gleaner]

Augmented Reality’s First Step Forward Might Be More Blue Collar Than You Think [TechCrunch]

New Wearable and Mobile Applications of Augmented Reality for Construction Announced by JBKnowledge, Inc., Makers of Smart Reality [InsuranceNewsNet]

Mind Tripping – “RE:MIND” Opens at USC Fisher Museum [Digital Journal]

Flying colours: How Epson smart glasses are passing the test for EasyJet [Information Age]

Tesco and P&G unite for mobile AR activity around new Alton Towers attraction [The Drum]

3DTouch – Computer Mouse Vanishes [QBurst]

Google Glass was banned from certain Comic-Con program rooms [Mobile Commerce News]

Property Tech Hangout with Lino Hilario [James Dearsley Blog]

I’m With The Band . . . And We’re At Office Depot [Mobile Insider]

Augmented Reality – changing the way we see logistics [DHL Whitepaper]

Why trucking needs to care about augmented reality [FleetOwner]

New Infrared iPhone Case Lets You See Behind Walls [Forbes]

Why Augmented Reality is Doing You a Disservice [PI World]

Augmented reality to change learning in classrooms [Deccan Chronicle]

8 things you need to know about Google’s Project Tango [Stuff]

Augmented Reality Glasses Patent Filed By Microsoft [Mobile Commerce Press]

Three Ways Wearable Tech Will Help Start-Ups [Cloudtweaks]

Epson’s New Smart Glasses Provide Pilots with Smart HUDs [Gizmodo]

We Try on the Augmented Reality Motorcycle Helmet [Popular Mechanics]

Lenovo aims down the sights at Google with its own version of Glass called C1: Is it better than Glass? [Tech Times]

Tech talk: Bertie Walkins, director, CoLab Theatre [The Guardian]

Pixels.com app augments reality to put artwork on your wall [The Unofficial Apple Weblog]

Virtual Reality: Advertising’s Next Big Things? [AdvertisingAge]

Touchscreen desks and augmented reality: Lenovo predicts the future of education [Education DIVE]

Upcoming Events

Webinar – Augmented Reality at the Agency Level: Who to Target, What to Sell, & How to Build [Register Here]

InsideAR Beijing, September 5th [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

Do you ever got that nostalgic feeling where you just want to sit in a classic arcade system and play some OutRun? Some researchers decided to take that feeling and created a driving version of OutRun that uses a custom augmented reality system to read the road and transpose it into the virtual game. That’s right, your driving the same road in OutRun as you are in real life. At the same time. You’re virtually driving a real road. You’re reality driving a virtual road. You’re. . . ah forget it, you get the idea. Check out the video below and this article and that article for more information.

Where we’re going we don’t need roads. . . or reality for that matter. 


Xenium Digital: Augmented Reality made in India

July 30, 2014

xenium-logoXenium Digital, a Metaio Certified Developer  from India, is constantly researching and developing new ways that Augmented Reality can be used to enhance consumer experience in the Indian Market. Thus, it is not a surprise to see many well-known clients from industries such as medicine, automobile, real estate and entertainment team up with Xenium to create AR on ground activations and mobile apps for their end consumers.

AR Therapy for Cancer Patients

AR_therapy_2The interactive “AR Therapy for Cancer Patients”  app is a perfect solution for medical professionals who are trying to promote their anti-cancer drugs at medical conferences. This dedicated AR app was designed with the Metaio SDK for the iOS platform, and is targeted at highly qualified doctors. The idea was to communicate the story behind the medicine in a better way and to provide the patients with a simpler way of understanding the way these anti-cancer drugs would affect them.

The app augments a mannequin -with an ID marker – into a real patient and uses case studies to illustrate the different diseases. Then, 3D models of the drugs were presented to demonstrate their efficacy at suppressing the disease.

From 3-D oil in action to TIGERTRAC

With regards to Augmented Reality in the automotive industry – an AR app using the Metaio AR platform was developed for Castrol. The app exclusively targets dealers and sales representatives to help them promote Castrol’s recently launched product, the Magnatec Start-Stop Engine Oil.

The AR app features the new 3D oil in action. First, through the help of 3D animation, the app brings the idea behind Castrol’s new label design to life. When the label of the oil bottle is scanned with an Android powered device, the app shows the special molecules that the oil is made of with Augmented Reality. It then follows up with a video of the product’s brand story. The app is designed to work perfectly on high-end devices.

Xenium Digital, along with Lakshya Media, also created a live augmented reality activation for TVS Tyres. Their objective was to promote their latest product, the AGRI RADIAL TYRE – TIGERTRAC, at the REIFEN 2014 fair in an innovative way.

The idea was to create an AR activation featuring the Royal Bengal Tiger walking among the tires and audience members. The tigers’ movements around the AGRI RADIAL TYRE were well choreographed so to provide realistic interaction with the visitors. The visitor could also take pictures with the tigers, which were later shared with them. Created with the state of the art Metaio SDK for AR and enhanced with realistic graphics and audio, the activity effectively captivated the audience.

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Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

With the release date of the movie “Lekar Hum Deewana Dil” quickly approaching, Eros International – with the expertise of Xenium Digital – wanted to promote it in the most interactive way possible. Their objective was to create a unique AR engagement platform for the audience to experience special moments with the actors. The end result was an on ground activation – created with the Metaio SDK – called Groove with Armaan and Deeksha. Visitors to Mumbai malls were able to show off their dance skills alongside the movie’s lead actors, Armaan and Deeksha, to the song “Khalifa”.

Watch the video here:


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