Here are the winners of the ‘AR Toys Competition’: Once upon an AR time…

October 14, 2014

Today’s the day!! After long discussions and considerations amongst the chosen jury, the two winners of our AR Toys Competition – initiated by Toywheel and Metaio - were finally picked. The competition consisted of two different challenges, with two different rewards.

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AR Toymaker Award

The AR Toymaker Award asked for the best ideas and concepts for an Augmented Reality Toy, based on today´s already existing technology. The prizes for this category – a commercial license of a Metaio SDK or a Metaio Cloud subscription and free consulting considering game design and implementation – will enable the winner to implement the idea together with Toywheel and Metaio, bringing the concept to life. All submissions were assessed by their excitement value, the uniqueness of concept, user friendliness and their technical feasibility, setting the bar quite high for every participant.

CaptureFront and center in this category took Maria Neureither, a game design student, with her ‘myARtale’ concept; an augmented reality app for iOS and Android which enables kids aged six to twelve years to create their own storybook with AR fairytale objects. The scene can be arranged with up to five AR objects and can be captured via camera afterwards. You can unite the pictures to a storybook and add text blocks to tell your very own fairytale.

Her concept shows three different types of AR objects to create your very own storybook: characters, items and scenery sets. All 3D Models are generated via image-based tracking. The printable AR cards are to be offered online for free.

“The game encourages to be creative and artistic. Inventing a new fairytale and setting the stage can be a short or a time-consuming experience depending on the child’s interest and motivation.” says Maria.  

The camera of your mobile device captures the AR cards, which will be translated to 3D models appearing live on the screen. Two cards laid on top of each other, enable characters to hold items or appear in different settings. They will also be able to change their facial appearance and posture to make the game experience even more creative and versatile. Children will also be able to choose different-sized and shaped text boxes to describe what happens in the scene with a few sentences.

Involving the existing environment to the game as background and scenery motivates to reinvent the setting by adding toys as further characters. An endless number of stories can be told using Maria’s ‘myARtale’, giving you and your child the possibility to rewrite common fairytales however you’d like to.

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What a fascinating idea, huh?! The little characters are as cute as it gets and we are absolutely thrilled to announce Maria as the winner of the AR Toymaker Award. Her idea convinced us in every aspect of the chosen criteria.  So naturally, congratulations are in order!

We are very much looking forward to help you develop your idea further in the scope of the promised consulting days with Metaio and Toywheel.  Great job!

AR Junior Award

The AR Junior Award was targeting ‘ideas by kids for kids’. Respectively, this category asked for submissions from children and youths and  questioned how kids want to play in the future (using AR). As such it was not necessary that the idea was fully realizable from a technical standpoint. Fantasy and creativity  were keywords! Once again, the most important criteria for assessment were the uniqueness of the idea and the excitement guarantee.

MillieWe are so very glad to announce young Millie Powell as the winner of our AR Junior Award! Among all the other fantastic submissions, her exceptional concept and idea of miniature characters, accompanying you in your everyday life thrilled the jury the most. Of course, these little figures can only be seen with the help of a little bit augmented magic.

Millie’s idea is as simple as it is genius: Create your very own imaginary friend with the help of modern day technology, namely AR. By being able to customize the miniature sized creature inside the tablet or smartphone at your heart’s desire, the child would already set the basis of a long-lasting, close relationship between it and themselves.

“While the character would have an element of freewill, the user would still be able to control it and interact with it. By tapping the screen, the character would move, for example climbing stairs or running along a bookshelf.”

By capturing the surrounding area with your device’s camera, your little friend could practically do anything. Sit on your nightstand to tell you good night, for example.

Millie also suggested to introduce additional markers for the character, enabling you to extend its animations and features. Such markers could be used in many ways. They could be printable or in the form of physical toys that can be purchased and lets your character interact with them on your smart device. You could add furniture, cars, pets or even houses!

By caring for and playing with your little companion, you would be able to collect experience points (XP), which would allow your friend to level up and unlock rewards or new interactions. The possibilities are vast and extensive. Special mini games could be implemented, other players could combine their little friends on screen and the characters could even function as some kind of tutors for the child, introducing them to educational topics and tasks. One thing’s for sure – with a little creature like that in your living room, you won’t be bored anytime soon!

Thank you, Millie, for sharing this wonderful idea! Enjoy your well-earned iPad mini and commercial Metaio Creator license. And who knows – with the license, perhaps we will be able to show your finished AR-app here in the near future.

At this point, we’d like to thank everybody who participated and shared their magnificent concepts with us. We’ve seen so many extraordinary visions and ideas in the last couple of months, from AR generated Bubbles to an augmented history tour through Turkey. Unfortunately though, there can only be one winner in each category. Nevertheless, great job, everybody!

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Join us for the most exciting AR conference!

Since both of our winners receive free tickets to InsideAR Munich – the world’s most exciting Augmented Reality Conference, we hope to see you there as well! Join us October 29th/30th at the Kleine Olympiahalle Munich! Get your tickets here: www.insideAR2014.com.

Here’s a little sneak peak of what you can expect:


Calling all 3D buffs! Metaio Teams up with Pinshape for a Halloween 3D Printed Model Competition

October 5, 2014
Sumbit your best 3D model!

Submit your best 3D model!

3D Printing is a hot topic these days, and over here at Metaio we are big fans of the technology. Since Augmented Reality is heavily tied to 3D, we can’t help but get excited when digital 3D modelling and printing gets thrown into the mix. This is why when 3D model & printing site Pinshape approached us to support their latest competition we jumped at the chance. We’ll be awarding a free Creator license to the winner, and that’s on top of other great prizes like the newest Kast 3D printer, six months of Loot Crates and more! How do you participate in this exciting competition? See below:

The Competition:

Seeing as Halloween is almost upon us, the theme for this competition is – you guessed it – spooky creatures. To enter, just upload your own 3D creation (it can’t be one already on Pinshape) fitting the creatures theme, and check the box saying “Submit this model to the Creature Design Contest.” Once your design is entered make sure to share it on your social accounts get people voting for it! The designs with the most likes (top 10%) will be put into the final evaluation round. Once your design reaches the final evaluation round, judges will evaluate the entries based on:

  1. Design: Overall quality, novelty, innovation, detail.
  2. Ease of Printing: Compatibility with the Kast 3D Printer, description of settings needed to print included and accurate.
  3. Presentation: Design description (What is it? What is the backstory? What inspired it?), high quality design pictures (Get bonus points for including photos of real printed items!), inclusion of tags.

 

The Rules

  1. Entries must be submitted before 23:59:59 PST, October 31, 2014
  2. Entries cannot have been previously submitted to Pinshape
  3. Entries must comply with Pinshape’s content policy
  4. Entrants must be registered with Pinshape to enter
  5. There is no fee to enter the challenge
  6. Entrants can submit as many unique entries as they would like
  7. Object must be deemed 3D printable by Pinshape
  8. Design should fit in 20cm x 15.4cm x 30cm (X,Y,Z) build area
  9. Contest open worldwide

So what are you waiting for? Get creating and enter the competition now!

As we lead up to the competition deadline, don’t forget to join our special edition webinar featuring Pinshape which will cover not only how to use AR to preview your 3D models, but how to augment them once printed too! The webinar takes place on October 23rd. Learn more at: http://dev.metaio.com/webinars/.

 


AR Toys Competition Jury Member #4: Introducing Pati Keilwerth

July 2, 2014

All great things come to an end.

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The submission deadline for the AR Toys Competition from Toywheel and Metaio was on Monday this week and we want to specially thank all AR fans who submitted their ideas! There are great proposals and we are now checking and evaluating all of them very carefully. Our great Jury will then carefully select their favorites and we will let you know as soon as they decide the winner of the AR Junior Award and the  AR Toymaker award!

In the meantime, we would like to continue by introducing our 4th member of the awesome AR Jury …..drum roll…..

Pati_KeilworthPati Keilwerth: A storyteller par excellence

PATI KEILWERTH after finishing law school at the University Passau, was hired to coordinate the protocol of the Berlin Film Festival. She continued working for the Berlinale in various departments and for the Broadcaster rbb and some media labs – all while also studying Audiovisual Media Science at the Filmschool HFF “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Directly after her diploma with a thesis on international Co-Production she began employment with German filmmaker and playwright Wim Wenders.

After a three-year tenure as Wim Wenders’s Executive Assistant, she embarked on new terrain in the media industry and has been engaged in cross media and interactive storytelling ever since. The past two years she worked for RTL Disney in the online department and focuses now on projects with PATISSERIE FILM.

AR Toys competition is awesome because…

“…I’m happy to be invited to be part of the Jury. In the past years I have been very involved with interactive storytelling, games and digital toys for kids and we also frequently tested some augmented reality features with kids. They had a lot of fun. So I’m curious to see what new app ideas there are and which of these I would like to try out with the kids of my friends and family.”

Thank you, Pati for supporting us!


Metaio and Toywheel Launch Global “AR Toys Competition”

May 12, 2014

The world of children is changing with digital technology

Logo_AR_ToysMetaio and the Berlin-based development studio Toywheel launch the first global augmented reality development competition for toys and children’s games. The six-week competition will focus on the future of children’s entertainment, both in the toys themselves and how children will interact with digital media. Participation is open to both developers and non-developers, designers and even children , teenagers and parents with interesting ideas on the use of AR technology in the space.

The “AR Toys Competition” is open to anyone who wishes to participate, especially those interested in augmented reality and the use of emerging technology. Metaio and Toywheel welcome all ideas, from simple concepts to actual working demonstrations, along with detailed proposals for how the would be applied in real life situations. Ultimately, a panel of AR experts will judge the awards in all categories in order to award the winners.

Augmented Reality attaches digital content through the live camera feed of a smartphone or tablet PC device, enabling the virtual world to fuse with the real world of a child. Metaio has amazing AR technology that allows developers like Toywheel to create immersive and entertaining experiences focusing on engaging and educating young people. The competition will ask specifically for ideas and concepts pertaining to children ages 6-12.

“We are very happy to collaborate with Metaio to host this innovative competition,” said Evgeni Kouris, CEO of Toywheel. “We’ve noticed that with AR apps like our “Toy Car RC” children easily perceive the connection between digital and physical in their natural spirit of curiosity and discovery.”

Our main aim is to show the many uses of the augmented reality technologies in the learning and entertainment of children, and encourage developers and applicants to bring real-world elements like weather, surroundings, locations and more into their games and experiences.

Toywheel's Toy Car RC application for kids is now available!

Toywheel’s Toy Car RC application for kids is now available!

 “Metaio and Toywheel are prioritizing experiences for young people,” said Matthias Greiner, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Metaio. “We’re looking for experiences that bring fun and creativity to digital media and the Augmented  Reality industry.”

The competition is split into two categories: The “AR Toymaker Award” targeted at adults is looking for implementable ideas based on the current state of technology. This award comes with prizes valued at € 25.000 such as support from Metaio and Toywheel bringing the idea to live, Metaio licenses and on top of it an invitation to InsideAR, the world’s leading augmented reality conference, October 29-30 in Munich, Germany. The “AR Junior Award” will be given to the best concept submitted by a child (with the assistance of his or her parents or guide). The child will be awarded an iPad Mini and a full professional license for the Metaio Creator, a drag & drop AR creation tool for non-developers – enabling everyone to easily start creating own “AR Toys”.

Applicants may submit their proposals, ideas and concepts to: http://www.metaio.com/ar-toys-competition/ or http://toywheel.com/ar-toys. The submission ends June 15th, 2014, and is open to the international community.

Have fun creating your ideas!

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Vote For Metaio for the 2013 Auggies!

May 17, 2013

Sorta reminds me of this.

It’s that time of year again, as the Augmented World Expo has renewed and expanded the annual award for the best of the best in the augmented reality industry, the “Auggies”. Previously consisting of only a single award, the competition now has 6 categories, and Metaio and its partners are competing in 4 of them!

For the next two weeks, awards will be open to public voting in order to narrow down the entries for each category to just 5 finalists. We’re competing against some of the best and most creative apps in the world, we’d love your support. Please take a moment to vote for our entries (individual links are listed below), or just click on one of the category buttons below to go straight to the entry.

    

And while you’re at it, we’d love for you to support our amazing partners working with our technology:

Here’s a look back at the our winning submission from the 2012 Auggies, 3-D object recognition and tracking:

Once again, thanks for your support in making Metaio the best Augmented Reality Company out there!


Weekest Links 4/29 – 5/4

May 6, 2013

We live in an augmented world.

Metaio is very happy to announce the start of the Metaio International Augmented Reality Developer Contests, with 4 separate categories open for competition. Design incredible content; launch the best AR Game yet; build an app that solves a real-world problem; or try your hand at Junaio and publish the most “popular” channel.

Grand prize is a trip to Munich this fall for the annual InsideAR augmented reality conference where you will present your entry to some of the world’s most renowned technology visionaries and professionals. Good luck, and submit your intent to compete today!

http://dev.metaio.com/contests

There are things that are happening

Events

Registration is open for the Augmented World Expo, June 4-5 (formerly ARE). Use code AWE3META to get a special discount, courtesy of Metaio. Come see Metaio deliver unmatched insight on the industry along with the latest and greatest of AR demos, including the brand-new AREngine! [registration]

Meet Metaio at the Augmented Reality Summit, June 20th in London [event site]

Interested in speaking, sponsoring or attending InsideAR, the most exciting event in the augmented reality industry? Contact us! [event site]

Pick of the week: “White Men Wearing Google Glass” Tumblr.

I’m not entirely sure what this really says about the future of wearable computing, but it’s certainly a talking point. It also highly amusing to see techworld celebrities like Pete Cashmore (below) and Joshua Topolsky sporting the famous glasses in glamour-shot-like glory. I can’t decide whether we’re going to look back on these with awe or ridicule. Think Game Boy vs. 80’s cellphone. Mix in that it’s turning into a fashion statement and there’s a high probability it will be the latter. I’m hoping for the best.

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