Weekest Links – Mid July

July 14, 2014

There was little doubt in our minds that Germany would win yesterday. Congrats to the German National Team for a victory well deserved! Now in other news. . . .

germany-wins

Image courtesy of The News Tribe

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Google’s Augmented Reality Game INGRESS now available for iOS [Augmented Blog]

Navigate Tokyo with the help of augmented reality penguins! [RocketNews24]

From kids to augmented reality: the Wearables market knows no limits [Telecom TV]

Metaio Presents Augmented Reality for Smart Watches [Augmented Blog]

Smartwatches could be a perfect home for augmented reality (Video) [TheNextWeb]

Metaio presents Augmented Reality for Smart Watches [YouTube]

Augmented Reality News

Who will win the war of the wearables? [ITProPortal]

Google’s Ingress augmented reality game quietly launches for iOS devices [TheNextWeb]

Continental showcases Augmented Reality Head-up display [ET Auto]

Eyespeak Eye Tracking Augmented Reality Glasses Set To Revolutionise Hands Free Interfaces [Geeky Gadgets]

Jaguar Land Rover projects driving data directly on the windshield [Engadget]

An Augmented Reality Windshield Tells You How to Take a Racing Line [Gizmodo]

Google Glass Makes Its Way Into A Tennessee Operating Room [Mobile Commerce Press]

Nation’s Largest MLS to Offer New Augmented Reality App to Members [MarketWatch]

‘Modern Polaxis’ travels through time, augmented reality [Comic Book Resources]

Google’s 3D Augmented Reality Tech Gives NASA a Boost [DailyTech]

Why Augmented Reality Is A Strategic Technology [BusinessWorld]

Ludwig II – Walking in the Footsteps of a Fairytale King [AppShopper]

Wearable Technology Could Be A $50 Billion Industry By 2018 [Mobile Commerce Press]

Why do we need to buy TV’s when we can simply draw one? | Tim Gentle | TEDxBendigo [YouTube]

Upcoming Events

Webinar – 3D Tracking: Edge-Based and Point Cloud [Register Here]

DLDwoment14 – Munich, July 21 – 22 [Information Here]

Pick of the Week

Jaguar Land Rover has definitely been no stranger to augmented reality concepts. Their newest concept overlays virtual racing lines and racing ghosts onto the windshield to help drivers race better. Check out the articles posted above and the video below for a demonstration of their new technology.


Google’s Augmented Reality Game INGRESS now available for iOS

July 14, 2014

Long expected, finally available! 

Ingresslogo

Launched in 2012, more than 4 million people in over 200 countries have already played Ingress on Android-based devices. Today, Google’s Niantic Labs has released the iOS version of the Alternate Reality game that lets gamers explore more than 300 million portals worldwide. In the game you decide to either join the resistance or enlightened group and “battle to collect and control the powerful ‘Exotic Matter,’ which is virtually located in real-life locations worldwide.” (TechCrunch)

Through GPS and Augmented Reality, the portals can be found anywhere: for example in or around monuments, special buildings or street art in the real world. To take a portal, the agent can locate, attack and equip the conquest case. The portals can be connected with each other and several linked portals create energy fields. The area which covers these fields is counted as conquered. Thousands of passionate Ingress gamers organize meet-ups all over the world. An impressive case was Operation Green Marble, where gamers from the Enlightened team tried to convert the north half of the Earth to “Green”.

We will definitely try it and discover the Ingress world!

Note: Every Thursday, the Ingress Report is your source for all the latest on the Niantic Project.

Ingress is available for download in the App Store.


Weekest Links – Early July

July 7, 2014

Did you augmented your 4th with some fiARworks?

Augmented Reality in the Age of Wearables

Mr. Scully speaking on a panel of experts about the future of augmented reality.

Metaio | Junaio Recap

AR Toys Competition Jury Member #4: Introducing Pati Keilwerth [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality Makes Us More Human, Not Less [Tom's Guide]

Augmented Reality Made Easy – Webinar [PaperSpecs]

Augmented Reality News

Holographic optic could revolutionise augmented reality (and even works in 3D) [Stuff]

Head-up Displays: Technologies and Global Markets [Digital Journal]

The Top 5 Most Useful Augmented Reality Apps [Bidness Etc]

Oculus suspends Rift sales in China after “extreme” reselling [Vizworld]

Speck Design Collaborates with Google on Project Tango Tablet [MarketWatch]

Google’s Project Tango Could Define The Future of Augmented Reality [Benzinga]

R Security Uses Augmented Reality Video and Click to Call Through Engage Mobility to Promote Residential Protect America Security [MarketWatch]

K-Glass to be unveiled in 2015 [The Korea Herald]

Shining a light on the past: ‘Virtual Reality’ torch project missing fragments on to ancient treasures, restoring them to their former glory [Daily Mail Online]

Mobility’s Promise [Energy Biz]

Drakerz-Confrontation augmented-reality card game launches in the U.S. [VentureBeat]

Google Glass’s Thad Starner Wears the Future [IEEE Spectrum]

Enriching the User Experience with Augmented Reality Technology [Strawberry Hill]

Please DO Touch the Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum [Smithsonian.com]

Scottish government uses augmented reality in campaign against second-hand smoke [The Drum]

FDA clearance for augmented reality device lets surgeons see each critical step before they make it [MedCity News]

Upcoming Events

Webinar – Metaio Creative: Interactive AR [Sign Up Here]

InsideAR Tokyo – July 8th [Program Info]

Wearable Technologies Conference, July 8th – 9th [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

A major difference between augmented reality and virtual reality is that augmented reality inherently has you interact with the real world while virtual reality seeks to immerse you in an entirely different reality. A panel about augmented reality and wearable computing at New York’s CE Week 2014 explored some arguments for (and against) a future embracing augmented reality. Check out the panel session below and be sure to read the article Augmented Reality Makes Us More Human, Not Less for more information.


Weekest Links – Late June

June 16, 2014

Germany won today’s match 4-0! And best of luck to team USA playing later today!

augmented reality gamers

Courtesy of The Star Online

 

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Thermal Camera Turns Many Things into Interactive Surfaces [MIT Technology Review]

AR Toy Competition – Extended Deadline and Meet the Judges [Augmented Blog]

Metaio Reaches 100,000 Developers [Augmented Blog]

Free Historic Augmented Reality Tour of the Asbury Boardwalk Launches June 29 [New Jersey Stage]

#ARToys: Extended Deadline + Introducing Michaela Haberlander [Toywheel]

Meet the AR Toys Competition Jury No. 1: Csongor Baranyai [Toywheel]

Metaio’s Thermal Touch and the Future of Wearable AR Input Methods [Brainberry Global]

Augmented Reality News

Microsoft rumored to have put Project Fortaleza augmented reality glasses on hold [Mobile Nations]

Augmented reality puts players into videogame action [The Star Online]

Does Wearable Technology Have a Future? [Mobile Commerce News]

Hello, Google Glass: Microsoft tries to patent touch input for eyeglass frames [Geek Wire]

Augmented Reality Signs Could Overlay Personal Maps On The Road Ahead [psfk]

Augmented reality puts players into video game action [Yahoo 7 News]

Finding 3D pose with a monocular camera [IMV Europe]

Augmented Australia 1914-2014 has a great opening in Venice [InfoLink]

Wearable Augmented-Reality Solution for Color Blindness [UCSD Computer Science and Engineering]

Google begins testing new feature for its augmented reality glasses [Mobile Commerce News]

Augmented reality road markings and signage “could be applied as a digital layer” [Dezeen and MINI Frontiers]

Upcoming Events

Webinar – TBD

SFAMA – Print & Digital Unite! How To Create Integrated Campaigns That Get Results [Register Here]

Pre-I/O Google Glass Hackathon [Register Here]

Wearable Technologies Conference 2014, July 8-9 | USA [Register Here]

Meetup – The Today and Tomorrow of Augmented Reality, June 18 [Register Here]

InsideAR Tokyo, July 8th [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

Lowe’s has created a augmented reality room dubbed the “Holoroom” to help customers visualize home improvements using digital technology. Using a series of markers places throughout a room, Lowe’s Holoroom hopes to bring the Star Trek holodeck one step closer to reality. The Holoroom will be installed in various Lowe’s stores in Toronto this year. Read more about it here.

Courtesy of CNBC

Courtesy of CNBC


Google Acquires Augmented Reality Translation Company Quest Visual

May 19, 2014

If you’ve ever traveled through a country home to a language you’re unfamiliar with, you know how frustrating it can be just to navigate through even simple tasks such as ordering at a restaurant. That’s where Quest Visual and their app Word Lens come into play. Word Lens is an augmented reality app that translates text in real time on your smartphone.

Demo Video

This functionality caught Google’s eye. On Friday, Google announced that it would be acquiring Quest Visual for undisclosed amount. The Quest Visual team will be integrated with the Google Translate team to merge the two technologies and bring augmented reality translations to Google Translate.

The acquisition makes a lot of sense for Google because it could make Google Translate an even more successful, seamless tool for translations on the fly. By bringing the 345 languages supported by the Translator Toolkit to an augmented reality-based application that has already had success on Google Glass, Go0gle can make accessing information across languages that much easier. And once integrated onto Google Glass, translating a text can be as simple as looking at it. (Of course that all depends on the quality of the translation, but that’s a different topic in and of itself.)

In the meantime, Word Lens and all of its translation packages are free on Google Play and iTunes while Quest Visual transitions to Google. As the second mixed reality company to be acquired by a major tech giant this year, it looks to be an exciting year for augmented and virtual reality. Congrats to the Quest Visual team, we look forward to seeing an even stronger augmented reality translation app in the future!

Googles Quest Visual


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.


Metaio’s service applications for warehouse workers on BBC Click

April 29, 2014

Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 10.26.14 AMThe order picking process in a warehouse is THE central function for online commerce and has significant influence on a satisfying distribution, customer satisfaction and ultimately on reduction of expenses. Wearable augmented reality is a fantastic solution for picking process issues. The superimposition of virtual data onto a real warehouse environment via heads-up displays like Google Glass, Vuzix or Epson glasses worn by the employees will reduce time and costs for the company. Metaio has explored the development of Augmented Reality for warehousing, combining visual search, Metaio tracking technology, data superimposition, and a powerful cloud backend that can support this process progressively.

 

Mistakes are mostly the result of human error or an inefficient system, and lead to more time expenditure, higher costs in commissioning, less customer satisfaction or, in the worst case, a loss of significant buyers. Read more about this in our blogpost “An SAP Warehouse Concept for Error Detection in Warehouse Picking Processes“.

BBC Click visited us this January and tested our service applications for Google Glass™. And finally you can watch the video here starting from minute 16:16.

Thanks again to the FML Lehrstuhl from the TU Munich for giving us access to their warehouse!

Glass is a trademark of Google Inc.


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