Weekest Links – Early April

April 7, 2014

April showers bring AR flowers

Courtesy of Google Maps

Only the most adventurous explorers experience augmented reality

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Come on baby, light my fire: Light switches in a new dimension [Augmented Blog]

Meet Metaio at the Laval Virtual Conference, April 9th – 11th [Augmented Blog]

Microsoft Allegedly Acquiring Augmented Reality IP [Augmented Blog]

Artscape – See the World Through the Eyes of Artists [Junaio Blog]

Augmented Reality News in the World

Augmented Reality will turns us all Superman [GamesBeat]

How eCommerce, Augmented & Virtual Reality will Redefine the Retail Experience [Business 2 Community]

Legal issues may define the future of wearable technology [Mobile Commerce News]

Tell me a story: augmented reality technology in museums [The Guardian]

Vuzix: Undervalued Augmented and Virtual Reality Play; New Products To Drive Growth In ’14 [Seeking Alpha]

Raytheon Uses Augmented Reality To Speed Missile Design [InformationWeek]

Sulon Cortex Blends Virtual Reality with Augmented Reality [Tom's Hardware]

Tim Sweeney: Virtual reality will be bigger than smartphones [Kit Guru]

PS4 dev: Virtual reality and augmented reality “the future of gaming” [Gamespot]

Augmented Reality – A Compelling Mobile Embedded Vision Opportunity [Electronic Engineering Journal]

Did Facebook Buy Virtual Reality too Soon? [New York Times]

Upcoming Events

AugmentaMe EDU 2014 [Ciberespiral blog]

Metaio at Laval Virtual Conference – Come visit us at stand D19! [Laval Virtual]

#MetaioWearsEpson Giveaway – Ends Wednesday at 11:59 pm PST [Register Here]

Webinar – Metaio and the Epson Moverio BT-200 [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

With April Fools’ it comes as no surprise that tech companies around the world would come up with obscure news and events for their products. From unfair game modes to personalized weather vents on planes, April Fools’ always gets interesting. But this year, Google grabbed everyone’s attention with their Google Maps Pokemon Challenge. 150 Pokemon were hidden through the Google Maps world and would-be Pokemon Masters around the world spent hours capturing Pokemon. But alas, with only 150 of  the 719 existing species available for capture, a true Pokemon Master will only exist in the Pokemon games. Maybe next year. . . .

I wanna be..the very best


#MetaioWearsEpson Sweepstakes!

March 27, 2014

FYI: This contest is open to residents of the United States of America only. We will be hosting more sweepstakes and contests worldwide soon and if you sign up for a developer account you’ll be first to know about any upcoming events.

Ever wanted to try out your own augmented reality glasses? Well, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Epson in bringing you the #MetaioWearsEpson Sweepstakes! You could win your very own pair of Moverio BT-200 glasses!

The Moverio BT-200 is the successor to the BT-100 with a smaller, more comfortable frame. Dual screen displays, a front facing camera, and motion sensors allow for a more immersive augmented reality experience. A separate control unit allows you to control the display without relying on vocal input. For more details check out the Moverio BT-200 information page.

Metaio’s software works hand in hand with the Moverio BT-200 because the glasses were built with augmented reality in mind. The Android OS allows for simplified integration of apps (both new and pre-existing) for commercial and industrial uses. Metaio has already taken advantage of this interface and built the first ever guided maintenance app for Mitsubishi Electric. Check out the video here.

All you have to do is fill out this form to enter. Simple enough right? To improve your chances you can participate on Facebook OR Twitter using the #MetaioWearsEpson hashtag. Be sure to read the rules.

Want to know more? Check out the contest rules and registration page and if you have any questions email contests[at]metaio.com. If you’ve already entered be sure to sign up for the upcoming webinar on April 10th, where we’ll announce the winner of the #MetaioWearsEpson sweepstakes!

But really, if you win can we share? I'll take Mondays and Wednesdays.

Don’t you wish you had a pair?


Weekest Links: Mid February

February 18, 2014

Even the Simpsons are getting their AR on. 

Image from Buzzfeed.com

Image from Buzzfeed.com

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Metaio featured in BBC Click and ARTE Futuremag [Augmented Blog]

InsectARium – Beyond a Bug in a Box [Junaio Blog]

OGC, Wikitude, Layar, and Metaio invite Mobile World Congress attendees to AR Interoperability Demo [Wikitude]

Augmented Reality Across the World

Savvy Brands Are Using Apps Instead of Ads to Get Messages Across [Time]

Making Computing More Human with Wearable Tech [Designers of Things]

Beyond Glass: Inside Epson’s Scheme to Make the De-Facto Smart Glasses [SlashGear]

Augmented Reality is a Missed Opportunity for Marketers [The Guardian]

The latest marketing issues blog, brought to you by The Marketing Agencies Association.

Only Genuine Augmented Reality Eyewear App to Deliver Richest Experience for Motorcyclists [Digital Journal]

Augmented Reality Innovators, 6 Companies to Look Out For [Neon Tommy]

castAR rocks the Augmented World [AR Dirt]

Upcoming Events

Mobile World Congress. Come visit us next week in Hall 8.1 booth 8.1G47! [Mobile World Congress]

Webinar –  Continuous Visual Search: A Basic Introduction [Metaio Developer Portal]

Pick of the Week

There isn’t anything as fun as hanging out with the guys from BBC Click. Check out Dan Simmons’s trip to Audi’s research headquarters here and at 14 minutes in the video below.


Metaio Leads Next-Gen Augmented Reality On Wearables at CES 2014

January 2, 2014

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SAN FRANCISCO – 2 JANUARY, 2014: Metaio, the world leader in augmented reality (AR) software and solutions, will be the main augmented reality exhibitor and participant in this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Thomas Alt, Metaio CEO & Co-Founder will share his insight in a special executive panel (January 8, 2014, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at LVCC, North Hall N261) and Metaio showcase next-generation consumer and enterprise augmented reality on the latest wearable devices, including those from partners EPSON and Vuzix.

With smartwatches and Google Glass projected to sell tens of millions of units in the next few years, 2014 will begin a new era of wearable computing devices, all of which can be enhanced by visualization technology like Augmented Reality. Metaio, the Augmented Reality Company, will deliver live demonstrations with these devices on the exhibition floor at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.

Metaio will showcase both consumer-focused and enterprise augmented reality apps on the latest wearable computing platforms like the EPSON Moverio and the Vuzix M-100. Among the demonstrations shown will be a 3-D maintenance app for a Mitsubishi Electric HVAC unit; a demo that allows potential car buyers to switch out components on a vehicle; and “Mirage”, the first AR Browser for wearable computing.

In addition, CEO and Co-Founder of Metaio Dr. Thomas Alt will share his insight on the AR industry, reinforced by over ten years working in the space, in a panel entitled, “Augmented Reality: The Next Big Thing or Information Overload?”.

“Wearable computing doesn’t make sense without augmented reality,” said Alt. “Metaio is creating methods of interaction that enhance vision and make experiencing the digital more intuitive and more natural. The first step is transporting that information right before your eyes in a hands-free interface.”

We’ll be posting news and updates live from CES 2014, so make sure to stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook feeds. And who knows, we may even write about our experiences there next week. And don’t forget to visit Epson at booth S214 and Vuzix at booth 14846!


Weekest Links + 10 Reasons to Attend InsideAR 2013

September 16, 2013

InsideAR 2013 is the only cure for summertime sadness. 

10 Reasons to attend the most exciting conference in the Augmented Reality industry (in no particular order) 

  1. We gather luminaries, visionaries and the brightest minds the world of professional augmented reality for two days. These people journey from all over the world just to share their insight- will you be there?
  2. With over 2500 square meters of exhibition space, this is the largest dedicated showcase for Augmented Reality apps, demos and experiences
  3. The automotive industry basically kickstarted commercial augmented reality in 2003; InsideAR is the only place to see, first-hand, exactly what they’ve got planned for the next 10 years.
  4. Want to know what AR looks like through wearable computing like Google Glass, Vuzix, and Epson? InsideAR will feature all of these and more as we look to the future of hands-free interfaces.
  5. No other event in the world collects as many passionate, visionary and dedicated augmented reality professionals as InsideAR. From speakers to sponsors to guests, InsideAR is the place to get to know the major players in the industry. 
  6. Hear from the Metaio founders themselves, Thomas Alt & Peter Meier, on what Metaio has planned for the next year. 
  7. InsideAR is the first and best opportunity every year to see the latest R&D and try out the newest updates to Metaio’s AR platform.
  8. Developers from all over the world will be in attendance, including the winners of the first ever Metaio International Developer Competition- don’t miss the awards ceremony on the first day.
  9. Some of the coolest AR installations are “hidden” on assembly lines, in warehouses and on factory floors all across the world. InsideAR is the one chance to see these innovative industrial augmented reality examples collected under one roof.
  10. Have you ever been to a Metaio party? If so, you know exactly what to expect for this year. If not- ask someone who has. They’re quite memorable :)

Other Metaio news

  • Metaio nominated for a Constellation Research SuperNova award- read our entry [here] or go straight to voting [here]
  • Announcing the winners to the first-ever Metaio International Developer Competition [blog]
  • Disney Research to present at InsideAR 2013 [blog]
  • Cannes Lions Silver winning AR experience “Penguin Navi” will be featured at InsideAR 2013 [blog]
  • Stoli von Gotti develops app for Villeroy & Boch, will present at InsideAR [blog]
  • FOCUS Magazine to showcase augmented reality print media at InsideAR [blog]
  • Washington DC gets an augmented reality preview of a new museum [blog]
  • Metaio to Celebrate 10 years of augmented reality at InsideAR 2013 [blog]

InsideAR 2012 Highlights

Still not convinced? Check out this video from last year’s event, and hopefully we’ll see you October 10-11 in Munich!

 


Metaio to Celebrate 10 Years of Augmented Reality at InsideAR 2013

September 5, 2013

InsideAR_10In a little more than a month, hundreds of attendees from around the world will gather in Munich, Germany at the Kleine Olympiahalle on October 10th and 11th, to get a glimpse into the future of mobile augmented reality technology. Celebrating the first and the next 10 years, Metaio will highlight the latest in developer projects and consumer apps while showcasing the future of innovation in the form of wearable computing and enterprise projects that drive the industry. With speakers from all over the world and break-out workshops for attendees, this will be the most illuminating InsideAR to date and will show that “Always On, Always Augmented” is more than just a vision.

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Though InsideAR 2013 will cover all aspects of the AR industry, this year Metaio will highlight the overwhelmingly successful enterprise applications that brought augmented reality to the forefront while looking to the future to the wearable computing that will determine the future of user interfaces. Arriving just a short time after the release of major international projects like the 2014 IKEA Catalog, the McDonald’s McMission app and the Audi eKurzinfo interactive user manual, InsideAR will feature these projects and more on stage and on the show floor.

InsideAR_5Thought-leaders and professionals from all over the world will journey to InsideAR this year to share their insight, including representatives from IKEA, Ball Packaging Europe, Constellation Research, Audi, Intel, Mitsubishi Electric, APX Labs, Volkswagen, NVIDIA, Disney, Deloitte, Epson, Vuzix, ABI Research and more.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in select workshops where they can learn from experts and discuss strategies and best-practices in development, marketing and enterprise environments.InsideAR_1

Metaio will also present the winners of the first-ever Metaio International Developer Competition, with the Best AR Solution, Best AR Game, Best AR Content and Best Junaio Channel all announced on-stage.

“InsideAR is more than just a technology conference,” said Dr. Thomas Alt, CEO & Co-Founder of Metaio. “It’s truly an opportunity to learn the past, present, and most importantly, the future of Augmented Reality.”

For more information, and to register for InsideAR 2013 please visit the conference website at http://www.metaio.com/insidear.

For exhibitors, speakers or sponsor inquiries, please contact insideAR(at)metaio.com.

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Hacking Hands Free: Epson and Metaio Host Hackathon for Moverio

August 29, 2013

Everybody’s hacking for the weekend. 

epson hackathon

Metaio ventured to Long Beach, California, home of Epson America, to take part in a weekend-long hackathon for Moverio devices. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a “hackathon” is when a bunch of devs and techies get together, break off into groups and build nifty new stuff with whatever tools they were given or assigned- which in this case was the Epson Moverio BT-100 head mounted display device and the Metaio Augmented Reality SDK.

In this case, 7 teams competed for the $1000 grand prize, while Epson and Metaio raffled off special prizes. Before the winners were even judged, lucky participants walked away with a full license for the Metaio SDK, 1 year of full Metaio Cloud services and a bunch of other fun stuff. In the meantime, the teams worked hard to polish their ideas and presentations for the final judges presentation.

And what a great turnout, too! All seven teams worked hour upon hour, going through conceptual stages to business plans and finally proofs of concept. After a very tough decision, the judges (who included Metaio’s Trak Lord and Epson’s Anna Jen, and Steve Sereboff from SoCal IP), decided upon 3 teams:

  • Runner-up Team Lazy Chef, a voice-activated object-recognition assistant for hands-free cooking.
  • Runner-up Team Showgment, an event services concept for modular in-booth and showfloor enhancement service
  • And Grand Prize Winner, Team Torch, a social approach to friendly and competitive running, utilizing computer vision to project graphics onto the real world in order to motivate runners.

We’d like to thank Epson once again for inviting us along to participate. Metaio was thrilled to see all the creative and determined people working with our SDK to make very compelling and though-provoking hands-free experiences for the Moverio BT-100s. We look forward to the next opportunity to work with Epson. Special thanks to Eric, Anna, Michael and Eric for all of the hospitality. Congrats to the winners and we wish the best to all of the teams who participated!

Don’t forget to check out some of the media coverage and the photos below to learn more about the event. And here’s a screenshot from Team GUI Notes’ project, an experience that allows the user to tag and later identify things in the real world:

Epson Dangles $1,000 bounty to attract augmented reality apps, Engadget

Epson aims to take on Google Glass with Moverio Smart Glasses, LA Times

Epson Moverio Reportage: Augmented Reality is so cool!

Photos (reposted from above link)

This team's project centered around theme park installations

This team’s project centered around theme park installations

Group Photo! What a good turn-out

Group Photo! What a good turn-out!

Winners Team Torch give their pitch

Winners Team Torch give their pitch

Showgment explains how hands-free AR can help events

Showgment explains how hands-free AR can help events

Trak Lord (Metaio) and Eric Mizufuka (Epson) check out Lazy Chef's tech

Trak Lord (Metaio) and Anna Jen (Epson) check out Lazy Chef’s tech

Judges (l to r) Trak Lord (Metaio), Anna Jen (Epson) and Steve Sereboff (SoCal IP)

Judges (l to r) Trak Lord (Metaio), Anna Jen (Epson) and Steve Sereboff (SoCal IP)


Weekest Links 514 – 5/20

May 20, 2013

Don’t be a glasshole

AVK Terwey Zoo Monster Augmented Reality project with Junaio

Zoo Monster: An Augmented Reality Project with Junaio, by Certified Developers AVK Terwey [video]

Metaio | Junaio

  • Vote for the Metaio SDK, the Mitsubishi Enterprise MeView, The IKEA Catalog and the AREngine in the 2013 Augmented World Expo Auggies Competition! [Vote]
  • Developers: Sign up for this week’s webinar, Augmented Reality Content Creation [sign up]
  • Even more stuff for developers: Submit your intent to compete in the first-ever Metaio International Developers Contest, with grand prizes including software licenses and a trip to Munich to present at the 2013 InsideAR [contests]
  • Intelligent Computing meets Augmented Reality: Brutus guides you through Ohio State University [article]

There are things that are happening

  • 7 Standout Google Glass apps you can download right now [Mashable]
  • Forget Google Glass: Recon debuts Android-friendly glasses at I/O [CNET]
  • Epson tries its hand at high-tech glasses [USA Today]
  • Meta 1 augmented reality headset launches on Kickstarter [Slashgear]
  • How two Valve Engineers walked away with the company’s augmented reality glasses [The Verge]

Events

  • We like to party- are you in the Silicon Valley area on June 3? Come to an Augmented Evening with Metaio (tickets are limited) [registration]
  • Join the Ninth annual AR standards meeting at Columbia University, May 29-30 [event site]
  • Interested in speaking, sponsoring or attending InsideAR, the most exciting event in the augmented reality industry? Contact us! [event site]
  • Meet Metaio at the Augmented Reality Summit, June 20th in London [event site]

pick of the week: Google Glass from the eyes of the toddler

“Lego stuff…and blocks and stuff….”


Weekest Links 4/22 – 4/28

April 30, 2013

AR you going to San Francisco?

Metaio’s Matthias Greiner gets excited about AR at FMX 2013

Metaio | Junaio recap

  • Taking the temperature of European Technology [Financial News]
  • Avangate accelerates cloud commerce across any channel [press release]
  • Vuzix’s Augmetned Reality glasses feature all-digital design [press release]
  • Metaio is hiring for Munich, San Francisco, and now Dallas! [jobs]

There are things that are happening

  • In Google’s Ingress augmented reality game, a ceasefire at MIT and a memorial to slain police office Sean Collier [Boston.com]
  • Smart Glasses will fail without Augmented Reality [Information Age]
  • Sci-Fi greats take a whack at Google Glass [Bruce Sterling] [William Gibson]
  • Google Glass could spur wearable tech boom [Washington Post]
  • Epson talks taking on Google Glass with MOVERIO BT-100 display glasses [Slashgear]
  • A Google Glass rival emerges from an upstart in Japan [GigaOM]
  • Google Earth integrates Leap Motion controllers [Wired: Beyond the Beyond]
  • Google Glass for everybody a year-ish away [CNET]
  • Google patent deals with Virtual Reality GPS Navigation [engadget]

Webinars

Upcoming webinar: Advanced Session for Metaio SDK – Unity

Ready for a deep-dive into developing incredible Augmented Reality experiences with the Metaio SDK while working in a Unity environment? Don’t miss this week’s development webinar.
[Sign Up!]

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: the future of wearable technology | PBS off book

Interesting short film on the future of things like Google Glass, brought to you by some of the foremost scientists and engineers.


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