Naomi Kawase has a pretty cool job: as NGRAIN’s UX (User Experience) Designer, she’s focused on industrial augmented reality interaction design and production management. We recently picked her brain about industry challenges, upcoming trends, and the ins-and-outs of the job. Read on to find out what a day in the life of an AR UX designer is like and why she thinks collaboration is so important in this emerging market:
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3-D Measurement technology provider, and longtime Metaio partners FARO recently wrote a post on their experiences with Metaio’s vertical solution software for the Industrial sector, the Metaio Engineer. We thought we’d share it with our readers as well, just in case any of you missed it.
In case some of you didn’t know (or forgot), Metaio began as an enterprise to provide industrial solutions to manufacturing and automotive firms, and it’s really only since the dawn of the smartphone that Metaio has seriously pursued marketing and advertising use-cases for AR.
For greater insight on Metaio’s industrial history, you can watch this Industrial AR video playlist, read the Metaio Engineer Whitepaper or scan past blog articles featuring industrial augmented reality. In the meantime, enjoy FARO’s post, and make sure to visit their website for more information on state-of-the-art 3-D precision and measurement technology. And if you want to see FARO first-hand, don’t miss the 2013 InsideAR Conference in Munich, October 10-11.
Thanks again to FARO, and enjoy the post!
Augmented Reality means to enrich and enhance the user’s view of the real world with additional digital information, e.g. a virtual 3D-model that originates from CAD.
This content is made visible on a monitor, a tablet PC, within the user’s field of view using a head-mounted display or projected onto the respective area. Virtual and actual realities merge in the most natural manner that is possible.
metaio Engineer is software that brings Augmented Reality to the industrial field. And it is a perfect complement to an existing measuring arm. The best of both worlds is combined: a quick and direct visualization with the precision of a measuring arm.
With the new release of metaio Engineer 5.0, an interface to support FARO measuring arms is already built-in. All necessary features are integrated by default, from calibration to functions that support your daily tasks.
Previously, in case of quality control every relevant point had to be measured to discover deviations between the CAD model and the related assembly part. metaio Engineer and Augmented Reality accelerate this process by identifying errors and selectively measuring deviations.
These are the basic steps to set up an Augmented Reality system based on the FARO Edge:
1. Mount an industry camera with available adapters onto the grip of the measuring arm
2. Calibrate camera and spatial relation between camera and measuring arm
3. Determine position of the arm in relation to the subject of analysis
4. Visualize a CAD model onto the existing model, part or product
5. Compare planned vs. actual state, measurements and more features
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Since we announced the release a few weeks ago, we’ve been ranting and raving about how amazing it is from the magical fountains of Barcelona at Mobile World Congress to the foggy and hilly streets of San Francisco at the Game Developers Conference (turns out SF and Barcelona are sister cities. Who knew?!).
Less than six months ago we set out with the mission of becoming the leading Augmented Reality platform for mobile developers, and this latest release marks the continuation of providing the most advanced, most convenient and most cost-effective solutions for mobile developers to create rich, robust mobile AR applications.
This is not your average, everyday 2-D image and surface recognition. We’ve been doing that for years. And thanks to a kick-ass R&D team and our patented Gravity Aligned Feature Descriptors (GAFD), we now do it better than almost anyone else. In addition, we now offer complete 3-D object tracking and recognition. That’s right- the ability to overlay entire complex real-world objects with digital and 3-D information. Other AR softwares may promise “3-D Object Tracking”, but 2-D image recognition and tracking on a single surface of a 3-D object (like a box) is still just 2-D. Trust me. We know what we’re talking about.
We called our first foray into this kind of technology the “Augmented City”; we’ve since expanded that idea into an entire platform that will empower and enable the next-generation of user interfaces. The best part? It comes at essentially no charge. Develop and deploy unlimited Android and iOS apps without the hassle of server encryption; import your own content management system; recognize and track ID Markers, images, 2-D surfaces and real-world 3-D objects; take advantage of our existing, powerful 3-D rendering engine and- oh, did I mention we’re compatible with Unity? Yep. You can now develop games that allow your users to interact in real-time with the real world. Pretty cool, right?
Apps developed with our software get deployed with a brief metaio splash screen during startup and an almost imperceptible “powered by metaio” watermark in the camera view. Does this cause you to lose sleep at night? Then grab a Custom Branding Option and go crazy. And if you want to be part of a growing industry in dire need of more creatively-driven content and full of business opportunities, contact us to enroll in our Certified Developer program. Fans of metaio will recall that we have a very similar (and very successful) program for junaio Developers; all you have to do is demonstrate your prowess and competence with the technology and we’ll add you to our network of trusted partners where we’ll provide support and (most importantly) business opportunities. We just welcomed our first Mobile SDK Certified Developer yesterday, and look what they’ve already accomplished with our software.
For 10 years, we’ve been devoted exclusively to computer-vision technology- whether it was mobile, web, offline, or customized industrial installations.
This is metaio, The Augmented Reality Company. And we’re making the digital a more natural experience every day.
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