December 9, 2011
We are pretty darn excited.
Back in September, CEO Dr. Thomas Alt announced that we’d be releasing a free version of the metaio Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) in an effort to both ensure and encourage the massive development and adoption of mobile augmented reality by 2014.
In that time, we researched and developed like crazy to make sure that our software would be the most advanced mobile solution available. We implemented Gravity Aware Feature Descriptors, a patented technology that makes image recognition and tracking faster and more robust. We benchmarked our technology by winning the 2011 ISMAR Tracking Competition. We integrated Unity3D for hardcore game developers and designers. And most importantly, we embarked on collaborative research partnerships with chipset providers like ARM, ST-Ericcson, and Texas Instruments. It’s been a busy fall.
As a result, we have for the entire mobile development community a powerful, advanced and industry-proven SDK, free of cost right from the start, with unlimited app-deployments for iOS and Android. A built-in advanced 3D rendering engine means you can start developing immediately. And it’s not a watered-down piece of shareware- this 3D rendering engine has been used in over 70 professional mobile apps, including our Augmented City demo.
This is the same software that has driven over 10 million downloads and enables millions of magazines delivered every month with mobile AR content.
We’re either completely crazy- or very, very passionate about what we do. Maybe it’s a little bit of both.
Read the press release.
Download the SDK.
May 17, 2011
While tablet computing may in future transform the whole computer industry, it is already changing the way we look at augmented reality. And this is not only because of the big display. More and more different devices for multiple OS platforms are expected to appear on the market, equipped with advanced sensors such as high-resolution cameras. The cost of data roaming is likely to drop and considering the millions of people expected to buy such a device in the next few years, there are incentives enough for optimizing augmented reality (AR) tablet software and to start creating really useful and fascinating applications taking full advantage of the promising, new capabilities. metaio, with its junaio 2.6 release, a junaio plug-in for third party app integration, and the revised mobile AR SDK Unifeye 2.5, is well prepared and ready to go for the next generation of AR applications. If you want to learn more about mobile AR in general and on tablets, everything is summed up here: http://www.metaio.com/specials/augmented-reality-on-tablets/
And here you can find a movie with almost everything we´re working on: 3D tracking, markerless 2D tracking and image processing, virtual manuals, interactive TV, smart packaging, advertising as a service, context sensitive product visualization, AR gaming and so on. By the way: to my knowledge it´s the first AR demos running on the Android 3.0 based Xoom!
January 13, 2010
Just like in “wire-less” there is as much as potential and demand for the development of “marker-less” tracking techniques in the augmented reality domain. Besides the fact, that we need markerless tracking and image recognition for a true augmented vision in the mobile sector, 3D tracking is very promising for almost any existing use case in the augmented reality. In industrial scenarios this will mean, that we will be able to recognize and overlay real world factory and working spaces. Or, for example, we can enhance product presentations or product design processes absolutely seamless. The object itself – and not something written or printed on it – is the optical reference.
The movie below showcases the 3D markerless tracking capabilities of the Unifeye SDK. Our japanese partner KGT demoed this Formula 1 streamline overlay at the SIGGRAPH 2009. As you can see the model car is registered and overlaid with 3D content, true to scale, orientation and place. A very nice demo indeed.
November 5, 2009
As we are part of the research project AVILUS, which is funded by the german federal government, with the goal to develop, evaluate and implement virtual and augmented reality techniques to various industries, we were also part of the new media project by the federal ministry for education and research. The goal is to make the reserach in germany more visible. Said and done, here is the (german only) video. Please take special notice of the 3D tracking part starting at timecode 2.30!