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.


Metaio at the Augmented World Expo 2014

June 5, 2014

Last week was the Augmented World Expo and of course Metaio showed up in full force. Here’s a brief overview of everything that happened during the expo.

The Expo Floor

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Trak Lord checks the Google Glass Audi Engine demo. Yes, that is Audi A3 on the Expo floor. No, we didn’t get to drive it around. . . too much. ;)

This year Metaio brought a full range of augmented reality demonstrations ranging from Edge-Based tracking on Google Glass and Moverio BT-200s, to Interactive Print demos with the Metaio Creator and various product catalogs from vendors such as IKEA, and the latest from Metaio’s R&D department: facial reconstruction, 3-D Spacial Occlusion and Thermal Touch. Booth visitors got a chance to try each of these demos hand-on while Metaio’s partner companies Epson, Intel, NGRAIN, Nod Inc., Occipital, and Vuzix also made a good showing with their own augmented reality technologies.

Metaio Wins an Auggie Award!

Auggie Award

Such an amazing award to bring home!

In 2012, Metaio won an Auggie Award for Best Demo with 3-D tracking. Since then, the Auggies have expanded their the awards to include a variety of categories and the quality of submissions has become even more competitive than before. This year we’re happy to say that Metaio won the Auggie Award for Best Augmented Reality Campaign with the IKEA catalog app. Already a well-known augmented reality application, the IKEA catalog app boasts several milestones including Most Downloaded Branded App in 2012 (despite being on the market for only 6 months) and over 1 million placements of virtual furniture across the globe. We’re incredibly humbled to win such a prestigious award against some amazing augmented reality apps. Be sure to visit the AWE Auggie Awards page to see the finalists and winners for the other Auggie Awards.

Talks, Interviews, and Information Sessions

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Thomas Alt and Brian Mullins close AWE with some final thoughts.

No AWE  experience is complete without a few words from the most innovative minds in the augmented reality industry. Metaio’s CEO Thomas Alt, Head of Marketing Trak Lord, Brendan Scully, and Ryan Burgoyne each presented Metaio technologies across a range of topics. Check out the videos listed below or visit the AWE YouTube page to see all the presentations during this year’s AWE.

Deepdive for metaio SDK by Ryan Burgoyne

Ryan Burgoyne – Metaio SDK for Wearables at AWE 2014

AWE.tv Floor Demo with Trak Lord, Metaio

Trak Lord (Metaio) – 3D Cameras and Augmented Reality at AWE 2014

AWE.tv Interview with Thomas Alt & Brendan Scully, Metaio

Thomas Alt (CEO, Metaio) – Big Visions for the Interactive World – at AWE 2014

Thomas Alt (CEO, Metaio) – Automotive is Driving AR at AWE 2014

AWE 2014 Closing Panel: Future Opportunities in the Augmented World

In Closing

As always, AWE was an amazing experience and we had a great time showcasing the most advanced augmented reality software. In case you missed a chance to visit our booth at AWE, Metaio will be at ISMAR 2014 in Munich and will be hosting InsideAR at Beijing, Tokyo, and Munich.We hope you all enjoyed AWE, and we’ll see you next year!

 

A family that augments together, stays together

A family that augments together, stays together.


Thermal Touch: The Future of Wearable User Interfaces

June 3, 2014

GAL-thermal-touch-004Have you ever worn a wearable headset? Have you tried Google Glass or any of its myriad competitors? After the initial (and deserved) sense of wonder and awe wore off from perceiving digital and virtual content overlaid on the real world, have you found yourself strangely frustrated at just using the device itself?

You wouldn’t be alone – smartphone companies (Apple chiefly among them) have labored diligently to irrevocably addict you to touchscreens and touch interfaces. Not unkindly, touchscreens have largely replaced mobile keyboards and are largely to thank for the meteoric rise and massive adaptation of smart devices. But insidiously secreted away amid marketing language and shiny rectangles is the sentiment that gestures like “pinch-to-zoom” and “swiping” are only natural- if not pure instinct.  GAL-thermal-touch-003

Imagine an iPhone- without a touchscreen. Imagine a tablet, and no amount of swiping or pinching will allow you to manipulate its contents. This is the reality of wearable computing and augmented reality devices – they’ve removed the necessity of touch. But then how to use an application more than passively? How to navigate to a different screen?

chess-5885Wearable augmented reality devices rely on vision to display content. There are already forays into voice navigation (along with infuriating buttons and swiping motions on the glasses themselves; some clever companies are utilizing Low Bluetooth Energy to pair companion smartphones or new devices like the Enimai “Nod” companion “ring” to activate in-app features. So what then – projectors, 3-D cameras for “finger tracking”? It’s hard to imagine a future where everyone is wearing AR glasses while obnoxiously yelling commands and waving their hands around in front of their faces or furiously trying to dial phone numbers on their hands.

Okay- so it’s not that difficult.

But what if we could bypass all of that? What if we could use camera technology to get even cleverer with reality interaction? Enter Thermal Touch – a technology that will enable interaction with nearly any object or surface.

Thermal Touch – Turning your whole world into a touchscreen

Pitch_picThermal Touch is a radical new approach to wearable headset graphical user interfaces (GUIs). It utilizes infrared cameras to register and track minute thermal imprints left by the heat signature of a finger. Touch your desk – you’re leaving imperceptible (and impermanent) heat maps each time your finger touches the surface. Combining a thermal camera with a normal camera, and developing AR tracking in conjunction with thermal heat tracking, Metaio can now turn anything into a touchscreen.

Trak Lord, Head of Metaio US Marketing, sat down with Daniel Kurz, lead Metaio R&D Engineer and creator of the Thermal Touch prototype, to talk about the future of human-computer interaction.

Daniel_KurzWhere did the idea for Thermal Touch originate?

It was happy coincidence that we got our hands on a thermographic camera and played around with it in the lab. Our R&D team had already been tasked with developing natural and intuitive ways of interacting with Augmented Reality applications when using head-mounted displays. After measuring the temperature of my coffee mug and my display, and after discovering interesting temperature patterns in my face, I noticed that wherever I left my hand resting on the desk, residual heat would become apparent in the thermal image. Brief experiments with different objects showed that this is not a unique property of my desk but most objects exhibit warm spots after touching them. The camera module further included a visible light camera, which allows recognizing and tracking objects in its field of view. Putting one and one together, this is how the idea arose that the combination of detecting touches in the thermal image and detecting and tracking the touched objects in the visible image would enable a natural way to interact with those objects and digital information associated to it – particularly for wearable headsets.

Can you describe how we built the prototype?

Our mobile prototype is based on a tablet PC to which we attached a combined thermal and visible light camera module. The fixture is simply a joist hanger I bought at the next do-it-yourself store. Our proof-of-concept software implementation is based on the Metaio SDK and therefore features the latest tracking capabilities for dealing with both planar and three-dimensional objects. It further provides the functionality to render virtual objects registered with the tracked objects. We had to extend the Metaio SDK to support capturing images from the thermographic camera and I developed a prototypical touch detection algorithm. All in all it wasn’t really that much work, because most pieces already existed in our SDK. The last thing to do was then creating some exemplary applications to demonstrate the versatile opportunities this technology offers in different use cases.

Ideally, what will Thermal Touch look like in the future? How many years are we from embedded infrared cameras?

This new way of interacting with Augmented Reality is clearly meant for wearable computers and head-mounted displays. These devices become increasingly important not only in the context of Augmented Reality, and as they do not have touch screens and they leave the hands free, our technology is a perfect fit. We keep working on improving our prototype in terms of robustness and latency and we are looking into how this fundamental approach can allow more advanced interaction techniques. For example, touching an object with different fingers might have different effects. Of course, it will take a couple of years until the first head-mounted devices will include a thermographic camera. But the current trend clearly is that these cameras become available at a small form factor and an affordable price. A mobile phone add-on enabling mobile thermal imaging will become available this year, and this is only the beginning. Once wearables are really being used ubiquitously, their hardware should be ready for Thermal Touch.

Though it may be years ahead in the future, embedding infrared cameras into wearable computing is not beyond the realm of possibility, especially in an industry that is still iterating on form factor and hardware, let alone the ideal graphical user interface.


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.


Weekest Links – Late-Mid May

May 19, 2014

Ain’t it fun living in the AR world

 

Courtesy of VR-Zone

Courtesy of VR-Zone

Metaio | Junaio Recap

3D Geospatial Geneva Showcase [Augmented Blog]

Global Augmented Reality Toys Competition Launched [Creative Guerrilla Marketing]

Vote for Metaio in the 2014 AWE Auggies [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality News

Leap Motion grows up with applications in augmented reality and physical therapy [Gigaom]

Google acquires Quest Visual to integrate its Word Lens augmented reality technology into Google Translate [TheNextWeb]

What designers need to make wearable tech exciting again [TheNextWeb]

How Augmented Would You Like Your Reality? Part 1 [EE Times]

How Augmented Would You Like Your Reality? Part 2 [EE Times]

Fuji Film breaths life to pictures with Augmented Reality [VR-Zone]

Play Pool Like In A Video Game With This Cool Augmented Reality Setup [Gizmodo]

4 years in, augmented reality in smartphones has yet to catch on [Computerworld]

I Am An Augmented Reality Creator [Alaska Public Media]

Hack the Park! Hackathon (Last day to apply) [huis voor beeld cultuur]

Upcoming Events

Augmented World Expo 2014: Come see Metaio in Santa Clara! [AWE homepage]

#MetaioWearsVuzix – Europe Giveaway [Register Here]

Webinar: No webinar this week, sorry folks! [Motivation]

Pick of the Week

It’s no secret that voice commands can sometimes be finicky. Minuum Keyboard provides a solution with their head movement-powered typing keyboard made for Google Glass. Check out the video below for a demonstration and this article for more information.


Vote for Metaio in the 2014 AWE Auggies

May 12, 2014

Auggie-GoldWith the Augmented World Expo (AWE) just around the corner, we’re excited to remind everyone about the annual Auggie Awards. These awards celebrate the best augmented reality interactions submitted to the AWE panel across various genres. You can read more about the Auggie Awards here.

This year there are five categories: best tools, best software, best hardware, best enterprise solution, and best film. Metaio has entries in the three below. There are two ways to vote: directly through the AWE website or on Facebook (both presented below).

Best Tools for Developers – The Metaio SDK

The Metaio SDK has been used professionally for over a decade by companies like IKEA, Audi, LEGO, Mitsubishi Electric and more to bring content to life and value to customers and works. It’s the only SDK that offers industrial precision for tracking and has more versatility than any other platform. Vote here on the AWE website or here on Facebook!

Best Software – The 2014 IKEA Catalog app

The 2014 IKEA Catalog app lets users actually load over 300 unique 3-D models of IKEA furniture directly from the 2014 Catalog and place them in their homes using next-generation AR. The users can then take photos, share their experiences on social media or continue trying out different pieces of furniture. The App has been downloaded millions of times, and more than 600,000 3-D models had already been placed into people’s homes within a few months of its release. Vote here on the AWE website or here on Facebook!

Best Tool – Augmented Reality Car Manual on Google Glass

Metaio was able to run edge-based tracking algorithms to deliver ste-by-step car engine maintenance for the average consumer. In this experience, the user need only open the hood of her car, recognize the engine using visual search and watch as the software isolates components and overlays relevant information on top of it, such as how to refill coolant or where to check the oil.

Far more convenient than checking a manual, this app streamlines the information flow and ensures that the user acesses the exact information she needs to solve the problem. Vote here on the AWE website or here on Facebook!

Best Enterprise Solution – Hands-Free meViewAR

Metaio partnered with Epson America and Mitsubishi Electric to develop an application that would allow service technicians to access maintenance information quickly and conveniently and overlay it step-by-step onto the actual product. The Epson Moverio BT-200 allows hands-free, full-field view to make sure that information gets overlaid directly in the mechanic’s line of sight, rather than a monocular view or through a tablet device. Vote here on the AWE website or here on Facebook!

Thanks and we’ll see you at AWE!


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