AR Weekly – Mid August

August 18, 2014

GET TO THE CHOPP-AR!

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Baaahhh, I’m a moose (Image Courtesy of Digital Signage Today)

 

Metaio | Junaio Recap

ISMAR 2914 Comes to Munich! [Augmented Blog]

Junaio – Now Available For A Moverio BT-200 Near You [Junaio Blog]

Metaio Launches Junaio Augmented Reality Browser for Epson Moverio BT-200 Data Glasses [Telepresence Options]

Augmented Reality News

Mini Babybel launches Halloween gaming app [Talking Retail]

Himax Technologies, Inc. and Lumus, Inc. Announce Collaboration to Develop Next-Generation Smart Glasses [CNN Money]

Is Kobe Bryant’s Projection-Augmented Court the Future of Basketball? [Motherboard]

A display of amazing power [SaskNews]

ImmersiON-VRelia Launches Virtual Reality Commercial Entertainment Division [Broadway World]

Augmented reality motorcycle helmet now available to buy from Skully [Mobile Commerce News]

To Receive Your Message, This App Makes You Travel to a Real Location [Mashable]

This is what Microsoft’s augmented reality glass could look like: Google Glass killer? [Tech Times]

Augmented reality a hit with outdoor advertisers [ProPrint]

Augmented reality digital signage brings the Serengeti to the streets of Hong Kong [Digital Signage Today]

VividWorks Featured in Gartner’s Augmented Reality Vendor Market Guide [Broadway World]

European Wearable Technology Market – Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019 [Market Watch]

Office Depot Integrates BTS Promos Via Augmented Reality, Mobile, And Social [Retail Solutions Online]

UC reopens remediated and renamed Registry building [Scoop]

zSpace and NGRAIN Partner to Develop Virtual Reality DICOM Viewer for Immersive Medical Visualization [Digital Journal]

Augmented reality tech aimed at keeping soldiers safe [WNCN]

This is Samsung’s VR headset [The Verge]

Epson Announces Moverio Developer Program and App Market at SIGGRAPH 2014 [Broadway World]

IT Employee Confidence in Construction [ConstrucTech]

Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision [CoEXIST]

The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road [TechCrunch]

Tamiko Thiel: Excited New Digital Artwork Augmented Reality At The Shard [Artlyst]

Augmented and Virtual Reality Market Estimated to Be Worth $1.06 Billion by 2018 [Virtual Strategy]

Is Reality Ready For Augmentation [Torque]

What These Banks Learned About Wearable Devices, Augmented Reality [American Banker]

Upcoming Events

Vote for the HoloGramma: How Tech Can ‘Bring Back Our Departed SXSW Interactive 2015 Panel, featuring Peter Meier! [Vote Here]

InsideAR Beijing, September 5th [Register Here]

InsideAR Munich, October 29, 30 [Register Here]

Webinar – Designing for Augmented Reality Applications [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

There is some amazing face tracking technology out there, and a few days ago this video was posted using real-time face tracking and projections to portray “living makeup.” The project features some incredibly robust tracking and animations. Check out the video below and read more about it on Slash Gear and The Verge.


Junaio – Now Available For A Moverio BT-200 Near You

August 14, 2014

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Some amazing news out for Junaio!

Originally posted on junaio Blog:

moverio_junaioYesterday Metaio announced that Junaio became the first Augmented Reality browser to become available on the Moverio BT-200 Apps Market! By using the Moverio’s transparent display technology with Junaio Mirage edition, you can experience one of the purest forms of Augmented Reality.

As one of the most widely used Augmented Reality browsers in the world, Junaio brings a big audience to the Moverio platform. With the “see through” capabilities enabled, Junaio and the Moverio BT-200 make the perfect pair. As Mr. Atsunari Tsuda, General Manager of HMD Business Management Department, Epson, put it “Epson is excited to have one of the most popular AR browsers debut on the Moverio Apps Market. By onboarding the Junaio developer ecosystem, we are confident that the Moverio platform features some of the best and most innovate Augmented Reality content available today.”

For more information on the Epson Moverio BT-200, check out Epson’s website. For more…

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Weekest Links – Beginning of August

August 4, 2014

From AR to VR, from VR to AR, fun things are every-R!

Editor’s note: This is the last week of Weekest Links (at least in name). Don’t forget to vote for the new name in the poll below and enjoy this week’s week of augmented news!

And we’re back–

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Image Courtesy of Tech Times

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Metaio Brings Augmented Reality to the Smartwatch [EE Times]

Xenium Digital: Augmented Reality made in India [Augmented Blog]

Real Estate Set To Tap Into New Form Of Augmented Reality [Opp Connect]

Augmented Reality News

Researchers Develop Augmented Reality System for Rock Walls [ActionHub]

Augmented Reality May Be Game Changer for Vehicle Interiors [WardsAuto]

HI-TECH BMW, Toyota Introduce Augmented Reality [The Gleaner]

Augmented Reality’s First Step Forward Might Be More Blue Collar Than You Think [TechCrunch]

New Wearable and Mobile Applications of Augmented Reality for Construction Announced by JBKnowledge, Inc., Makers of Smart Reality [InsuranceNewsNet]

Mind Tripping – “RE:MIND” Opens at USC Fisher Museum [Digital Journal]

Flying colours: How Epson smart glasses are passing the test for EasyJet [Information Age]

Tesco and P&G unite for mobile AR activity around new Alton Towers attraction [The Drum]

3DTouch – Computer Mouse Vanishes [QBurst]

Google Glass was banned from certain Comic-Con program rooms [Mobile Commerce News]

Property Tech Hangout with Lino Hilario [James Dearsley Blog]

I’m With The Band . . . And We’re At Office Depot [Mobile Insider]

Augmented Reality – changing the way we see logistics [DHL Whitepaper]

Why trucking needs to care about augmented reality [FleetOwner]

New Infrared iPhone Case Lets You See Behind Walls [Forbes]

Why Augmented Reality is Doing You a Disservice [PI World]

Augmented reality to change learning in classrooms [Deccan Chronicle]

8 things you need to know about Google’s Project Tango [Stuff]

Augmented Reality Glasses Patent Filed By Microsoft [Mobile Commerce Press]

Three Ways Wearable Tech Will Help Start-Ups [Cloudtweaks]

Epson’s New Smart Glasses Provide Pilots with Smart HUDs [Gizmodo]

We Try on the Augmented Reality Motorcycle Helmet [Popular Mechanics]

Lenovo aims down the sights at Google with its own version of Glass called C1: Is it better than Glass? [Tech Times]

Tech talk: Bertie Walkins, director, CoLab Theatre [The Guardian]

Pixels.com app augments reality to put artwork on your wall [The Unofficial Apple Weblog]

Virtual Reality: Advertising’s Next Big Things? [AdvertisingAge]

Touchscreen desks and augmented reality: Lenovo predicts the future of education [Education DIVE]

Upcoming Events

Webinar – Augmented Reality at the Agency Level: Who to Target, What to Sell, & How to Build [Register Here]

InsideAR Beijing, September 5th [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

Do you ever got that nostalgic feeling where you just want to sit in a classic arcade system and play some OutRun? Some researchers decided to take that feeling and created a driving version of OutRun that uses a custom augmented reality system to read the road and transpose it into the virtual game. That’s right, your driving the same road in OutRun as you are in real life. At the same time. You’re virtually driving a real road. You’re reality driving a virtual road. You’re. . . ah forget it, you get the idea. Check out the video below and this article and that article for more information.

Where we’re going we don’t need roads. . . or reality for that matter. 


InsideAR Tokyo 2014: From Wearable 3-D Sensors to turning the world into a TouchScreen

July 24, 2014

InsideAR Tokyo – the 2nd edition – is over and has been a huge success for us. We thank all participants and partners from Cybernet, Intel, Canon, Epson, Fujitsu, Erba Holdings and Vuzix! This year we invited a diverse group of exhibitors, which we believe are of high interest for Japanese customers.
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Over 300 guests from 192 companies joined us to be in the center of AR innovations; we saw huge interest from a very diverse groups of participants – from  3D designers to app developers to  large players who have been  developing their own AR algorithms for over a decade now and looking into utilizing AR for high-accuracy industrial applications. Most importantly, the Gurus of AR and MR joined us on stage to share their knowledge, their success stories and collaboratively discuss the path of AR development for the upcoming year.

2nd edition rocked: InsideAR Tokyo tripled its attendees

InsideAR has a format of an open conference and everyone is invited to present their vision on the technology and exhibit their innovations. We hope you enjoyed the live demonstrations, workshops, and were -most importantly-  inspired by the speeches from the leaders of the industry: Prof. Kato, Canon, Intel, Epson, Fujitsu, Erba Holdings, Vuzix, and many more who contributed to making this conference bigger than last year: we are proud of tripling the number of attendees and doubling the amount of speakers.

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Best feedback from our guests in the visitor’s survey!

 

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Wearable 3D Sensors are the most driving innovation in the AR field, today. Augmented Reality on Head-Mounted-Displays was one of the main topics on the agenda. It was, represented by renowned manufacturers, such as Epson (who teamed up with Mitsubishi to demonstrate the AR Maintenance scenario on the Aircon unit) and Vuzix, but also by the new players in the field, as Brillianservice (Mirama Glass with gesture control) and Westunitis (ultralight inforod glass aimed for industrial tasks). Metaio also showcased scenarios on Google Glass.
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R&D insights

Turning the whole world into a touchscreen could be realized by a visionary approach from Metaio’s R&D Labs. The Thermal Touch is a patented future method of triggering AR on a selected object. RGB sensors combined with an infrared camera help to register a person’s heat signature on any surface and then combine it with Metaio’s AR software.

However, it was not all about wearables. From Intel, Canon, Fujitsu and NGrain we received insights on Industrial AR approaches used today, and were excited by all the possibilities.

The workshop presentations are available to download on our website.

 


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And what says the team?

Here is some feedback from our team members who helped organise the conference this year:

Dr. Irina Gusakova, Senior Product Sales Manager:

“We were very pleased to see so many new corporations joining us for InsideAR Tokyo this year – united in our goal to make the Japanese AR segment bigger and better. Metaio has a very strong relationship with its Eco-system in Japan, as it has always been one of the top markets for our company, and we like to believe that our customers would say the same about Metaio. Japan became a new home for Junaio, a broad circle of local developers here brought to life some of the most successful campaigns, such as Penguin Navi or Starbucks. This is a very positive sign for us, it means we are doing a good job, and are appreciated by both our developers and users.

We received very positive feedback around the conference and the current trend makes us believe that 2015 we will meet you all again in Tokyo!”

Matthias Greiner, Senior Business Development Manager Junaio:

“It was a great experience to visit Tokyo and insideAR 2014  this year. Being in one of the most exciting cities in the world, having interesting discussions with AR specialists from all over Asia, getting in touch with impressive technology demos and, of course, the delicious Japanese food has made insideAR 2014 a great happening. Japan is one of the most interesting and fastest growing AR markets today. It was amazing to talk to local developers and technology providers and having the chance to learn about their current and future AR projects.”

Thomas Berton,Software Engineer

“InsideAR Tokyo 2014 was,in my opinion,. a very successful event. This was made possible Not only because we had great speakers but also because our  guests  were very interested in the technology. We can definitely see that wearables are one of the next generation of devices that are promoting Augmented Reality. I was personally impressed by the number of wearables that are now available on the market, all of them having their own special customization. Amazing!”

Sudhanshu Kapoor, Business Development Manager OEMs:

“When they first told me that I was going to be on a plane to Tokyo next week, I was the happiest person on the planet. It has always been a dream of mine to go to Japan – I not only wanted to witness the Japanese hi-tech world but also wanted to present my hi-tech solutions to them. Fortunately,  “insideAR Tokyo 2014”  was a great success- we got such a great and warm response from the visitors. It was a busy and exciting time I had no time to even take a coffee break OR click a few pictures. I was asked so many sincerely technical questions from our Japanese visitors, that not only showed their affection towards Augmented Reality, but also the growing awareness of it among developers, and hi-tech enthusiasts.

As I drive Metaio´s hardware IP division – primarily promoting and licensing our AREngine to  chipset OEMs-  it was very impressive to see that the visitors really acknowledged such need of having HW acceleration to enable “Always ON, Always Augmented” scenarios. All in all, it was a great trip to Japan – InsideAR, Japanese hospitality, amazing vegetarian food, well managed transport, respect towards rules, their culture, warmness,…. and what not. Looking forward to being there again for much longer time now!”

We are happy that all our guests made it an unforgettable event! See you in Japan next year for the 3rd edition of InsideAR Tokyo! 

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A guestpost by Dr. Irina Gusakova


InsideAR Goes Global: Metaio to Host Augmented Reality Conferences in Munich, Tokyo and Beijing

May 20, 2014

2014 is the year of InsideAR!

We invite the Metaio eco-system and the whole international AR community to join any of our three major AR events held in Germany, Japan and China. The second InsideAR Tokyo will be held July 8, and the first InsideAR Beijing will be held September 5. The 8th Annual InsideAR, the largest InsideAR event in the world, will return to Munich October 29-30.

city-Munich1Wearable eyewear and other technologies will be the focus of the conference this year, including the latest 3D optics and Augmented Reality applications. Attendees will receive insight from the companies on the forefront of the industry- brands and agencies actively working to bring AR to the masses. Last year, companies and Metaio partners like IKEA, Audi AG, Intel, SAP, McDonald’s, Mitsubishi Electric Heating & Cooling USA, Volkswagen, Vuzix, NVIDIA, and Imagination Technologies revealed insight into their research, collaborations and projects in the AR space.

IMG-locations-beijing2As China boasts the world’s most internet and smartphone users and Japan possesses a technology-hungry ever-increasing market, the decision to expand the core InsideAR event to these two countries was an easy one. Creative agencies all over the world are already moving their focus to emerging technology like AR. Both these satellite events will focus on “The Utilization of AR Technology On Wearable Devices”, including enterprise, marketing and maintenance examples.

With more than 800 participants, 45 speakers and more than 400 participating companies InsideAR 2013 in Munich was already an international success. We would like to continue this year and offer exciting keynotes, discussions and workshops to attendees of all three InsideAR conferences as well as extensive exhibitions where recent examples and future technologies can be tested directly.

More information on all three conferences, please visit www.insideAR2014.com.

Tickets are already available at http://www.insidear2014.com/register

For speaker and sponsor information, please contact insideAR@metaio.com

See the video for all the highlights from 2013 InsideAR in Munich!

Read the press release in Chinese

Read the press release in Japanese

 


Weekest Links – Mid May

May 12, 2014

We’ll be counting stars, yeah, we’ll be counting stars.

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Metaio | Junaio Recap

Metaio and Toywheel Launch Global “AR Toys Competition” [Augmented Blog]

Metaio Reveals First “See-Through” Wearable Augmented Reality [Ubergizmo]

Metaio releases first true “see-through” wearable Augmented Reality, now in Metaio SDK [Augmented Blog]

Epson and Metaio Get Us Back On Track For Wearable Augmented Reality [TechCrunch]

#MetaioWearsVuzix Giveaway – Asia [Register Now!]

Augmented Reality News

Elbit Systems Skylens HUD Offer Augmented Vision To Pilots [Geeky Gadgets]

XboxAB A Xbox One Virtual Reality Headset or Augmented Reality Glasses Like Oculus Rift Or Project Morpheus? [Inquisitr]

Wearable technology and the balance between practicality and novelty [Mobile Commerce Press]

Does Augmented Reality Have A Place In Bank Branches? [The Financial Brand]

Epson Moverio BT-200 AR Glasses In Person, Hands On [Tom's Hardware]

I Am An Augmented Reality Creator [Alaska Public Media]

EasyJet to use drones and augmented reality (for maintenance, not flights) [TNOOZ]

Epson Gets Its Moverio On, Releases Smart Glasses For A Mere $699 [redOrbit]

Epson Moverio BT-200 Advanced Augmented Reality Smart Glass Shipping Commercially [MarketWatch]

Could augmented reality make work easier? [BBC Technology]

New mobile app uses augmented reality to enhance learning experiences at historic sites [Phys.org]

Upcoming Events

Augmented World Expo is just around the corner and we’d love to see you there [AWE 2014]

Vote for Metaio for the Auggie Awards! [Best Tools] [Best Software] [Best Enterprise Solution]

Did we mention the #MetaioWearsVuzix giveaway? [Register Here]

Webinar – Metaio Trivia: Enterprise Edition [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

Although not actually augmented reality, one can’t but enjoy the thought of flying like a bird. A team at Zurich University of the Arts has created a VR-accompanied machine to simulate bird flight. They have fittingly dubbed it “Birdly.” Check out this article and the video below for more information.


Metaio releases first true “see-through” wearable Augmented Reality, now in Metaio SDK

May 9, 2014

AR SDK update puts true AR in the eyes of wearable device users

This week we were announcing the first ever “see-through” wearable AR capabilities through the newest Beta version of the Metaio SDK, now optimized for wearable computing devices like the brand-new Epson Moverio BT-200. Instead of utilizing a camera view, Metaio’s technology allows the user to perceive reality itself with digital and virtual content directly overlaid onto their surroundings.

Real "see-through" AR on the Epson Moverio BT-200

Real “see-through” AR on the Epson Moverio BT-200

Wearable computing is on the rise, with devices like Google Glass and Oculus Rift in the public eye more and more. But in order to perform augmented reality experiences, even transparent displays like Google Glass rely on a camera video feed that duplicates reality rather than using the reality itself, potentially creating a disconnect for the user between the augmented content and the real world.

“We strive for seamless wearable AR,” said Metaio CTO Peter Meier. “We want to go beyond the limitations of form factors to deliver truly ground-breaking experiences.”

IMG-epson-metaio-sdk-02The Metaio Augmented Reality SDK, now serving 80,000 developers, is today equipped with optical, truly transparent Augmented Reality rendering, allowing users to view AR content as if it were in front of their eyes. Service technicians can now visualize digital maintenance information attached to systems as if it were there in real life; consumers can visualize product information in-store or at home; game developers can create immersive games that merge virtual and physical worlds.

“Working closely with premier partners such as Metaio led us to incorporate new augmented reality capabilities in the Moverio BT-200 smart glasses,” said Eric Mizufuka, product manager, New Markets for Epson America. “The Metaio SDK gives developers the opportunity to more easily bring their exciting AR application ideas to life on the Moverio platform.”

In addition to true see-through AR, the newest version of the Metaio SDK will feature high-definition rendering for iOS devices along with brand new in-Beta Face Detection algorithms.  If you need  more information about the release of the Epson Moverio BT-200s, visit the Epson website. To download the free Metaio Augmented Reality SDK , please visit: http://metaio.com/products/SDK.


Weekest Links – End of April

April 28, 2014

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Metaio | Junaio Recap

AR Gravestones Bring Life to Cemeteries [Junaio Blog]

Vote for the Metaio Workshop in the SXSW V2V 2014 Panel Picker! [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality News

BMW Vision Future Luxury concept car has augmented reality HUD [Stuff]

Is Wearable Technology a Fad? [Mobile Commerce Press]

Land Rover’s robo-SUVs will take away the tedious and just leave the fun [TechRadar]

Researchmoz: Wearable Technology Vendors and Solutions [WhaTech]

Augmented reality glasses competitions is on the rise [Mobile Commerce Press]

Lead Generation Tips – Use New Tech to Pose Fun Ideas [Business 2 Community]

Virtual Reality Omni Treadmill From Virtuix Wins Investors to Expand [Venture Capital Dispatch]

Google Glass: What’s Great and 4 Big Things Standing in Its Way [Wall St. Cheat Sheet]

Upcoming Events

Metaio CTO Peter Meier will be speaking at DLD Conference [DLD Conference]

Metaio and Epson’s SXSW V2V Workshop “Creating Enterprise Apps for AR Smart Glasses [SXSW Panel Picker]

Pick of the Week

Sony’s been working on some augmented realty technology for the PS4. The demo shows two interactive augmented reality water bowls. Read more about it here.


Vote for the Metaio Workshop in the SXSW V2V 2014 Panel Picker!

April 28, 2014

Metaio and Epson want to present a workshop for SXSW V2V and we need your help to make it happen!

The panel, led by Metaio’s Trak Lord and Epson’s Eric Mizufuka, will explore how smart glasses can be optimized for augmented reality by giving an overview of business opportunities in using smart glasses in training, logistics, healthcare, energy, manufacturing, and architecture. They will explore how developers can optimize GUI for smart glass experiences and show a live demo of the Mitsubishi Electric meViewAR app on the Moverio BT-200 glasses (seen below).

Please vote for the workshop and we’ll see you at SXSW V2V!

 


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


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