3 Reasons to Work for Metaio – Impressions from a “Newbie”

April 8, 2014

A guest post by Andreea Raducan

First you may wonder who Metaio is, even after having browsed through the complex website.  Metaio is a company that has been developing software and hardware to provide Augmented Reality business and non-business solutions for more than 11 years. But what is AR? In simple words: it is a technology displaying digital information on top of real life objects via a device’s camera. This is something I have learned recently, shortly before I joined the company. Now, after having discovered more, I wish to share some insights with you and why I believe you would love working with Metaio.

1st reason: The people

It was 31 days ago – my first day at Metaio. I remember it as a sunny day. Was the sun up on the sky? I can’t really tell. What I can tell for sure is that the sun was definitely up in the Metaio offices. This was the case for each of the 31 days I was there until now. And this is a first important reason why Metaio is a place where you would certainly love to work.

Cooking PictureIndeed, bright smiles will cheerfully welcome you on your first day. People will greet you and come spontaneously to introduce themselves until you’ll wonder if there’s anyone left unknown. You’ll hear the most sublime birthday singing, on three voices, orchestrated by the CEO. What more was there to discover in the weeks to come?

Let’s see… I have learned how the word “Team” can refer to a 100+ group of people and be synonym to “family”, how colleagues may gather to just enjoy a beer after-work in the company lounge, how we are free to come by on the weekends and play board games, how fast we can cook our lunch together, how quickly one should race for the birthday cake, or just how skilled our CEO is in bartending. Now you might wonder… CEO & bartending? How do I know about that already?

Very easy: It was the end of my first week when I attended the “Winter Team event”. One of the bi-seasonal events the company organizes to reunite the team and share achievements and future objectives, all in a convivial environment. In the heart of the Alps, two days of hard work & fun. First comes work, with a day full of exciting presentations and workshops. Then, the fun starts again with Looping Louie, Whirlpool, Werewolves, Music and open bar. Literally open. Meaning that the CEO would just go behind the bar and kindly make sure we all have something to drink. And that’s how I know about his bartending competencies. The second day everyone – more or less – recalls the adventures of the previous day, while exploring the heights of the Alps by skiing or hiking.

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Thomas Alt serving Peter Meier at the bar

Most important, however, is what I have seen lies behind all the fun: passion, talent, devotion, solidarity, ethics, kindness and sharing; hard-working people with brilliant minds striving to achieve a common goal: bringing Augmented Reality closer to people in a natural way.

2nd reason – The value the team creates

While some would perceive AR as something gimmicky, the work of Metaio can easily prove it wrong. Before I applied for the job, I did not know much about AR. I knew about Google Glass of course, but always from a user perspective, skeptical about its true usefulness. After more research, I have discovered how widely it is used in advertising and gaming, but its functionality doesn’t stop here: specific applications are also being researched or in use already for medicine (teaching or live surgeries), education (chemistry with interactions of elements from the periodic table), automotive, factory planning and plenty of other fields, meant to improve productivity, learning, or even save lives. AR can even help visually impaired people guide their steps more easily, or help hearing-impaired people interact with the world in a new way. How amazing is that? This technology is making a real difference and Metaio has been driving innovation for 11 years already – imagine being part of that!

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Keep calm and augment reality

3rd reason – The value you can bring

Being part of making the difference applies also on a company level. Another advantage of working at Metaio comes from its start-up atmosphere. Not only do people share enthusiasm and passion for their work, but they are also enjoying a high degree of autonomy, responsibility and challenge, making their contribution feel meaningful. What’s more, every two weeks the “Team” reunites in the lounge, where updates are presented and rounds of applause accompany each of the achievements. This is one way Metaio shows recognition for individual merits, making everyone feel valued.

I personally have experienced an amazing first month. And I can’t believe it has only been one month! It feels longer – not because the time was  passing by too slowly – but because I feel like I have known the people for so long already. Moreover, I feel like I have learned so much in such a short time. I feel like we could make a difference! Imagine feeling all that…

If you want to join the Metaio team, check the Metaio careers page!

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Metaio at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: Win your free ticket now!

January 28, 2014

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The MWC in Barcelona is always a great opportunity to meet us in person. This year we are in the App World, Hall 8.1 booth 8.1G47 where we will showcase our greatest projects from last year and preview new and exciting plans for the future. Visitors to the 2014 Mobile World Congress will be treated to live demonstrations of Metaio’s technology and experience first-hand the benefits of Augmented Reality hardware integration with the AREngine. For more information about Metaio, please visit www.metaio.com.

It could be your lucky day – Win one of ten free tickets for MWC!

In the next couple of days you will have a chance to win your own ticket for the MWC. Just keep following our Facebook Pages (English or German). Comment on our Facebook post and tell us why you want to go to MWC.

If you make a convincing case, a ticket could be yours and we’ll meet you in person in Barcelona!

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Metaio celebrated the biggest InsideAR ever!

October 16, 2013

These were crazy days, friends! We were planning this year’s InsideAR more than half a year to make it a huge success. The whole Metaio team dedicated its time to show the coolest AR demos, to invite the world’s best AR experts, to bring as many people from the AR ecosystem to the conference as possible.

This InsideAR was one of the most exciting tech events of 2013! More than 800 attendees from more than 45 nations came to Munich to celebrate 10 years Metaio with us. Thank you all for coming!

InsideAR 2013 has become the world’s largest AR industry event. Augmented Reality experts from all over the world met for two days at the event in Munich’s Olympic Park. Sponsored by internationally renowned brands like Intel, Mercedes-Benz and SAP, InsideAR saw presentations tackling the latest AR in enterprise, wearable computing and consumer facing projects from companies like Volkswagen, Audi, IKEA, McDonald’s and Vuzix.

Metaio Co-founders CEO Dr. Thomas Alt and CTO Peter Meier stressed the importance of enabling “always on, always augmented” experiences, exploring new form factors like wearable computing while continuing to research enabling technologies like new algorithms and hardware acceleration. All of this in order to move beyond passive one-off experiences to driving value in more enterprise-focused examples.

We also announced usage benchmarks along with new updates in our core technology. With more then 5.000 apps registered and 65.000 developers, Metaio added compatibility for wearable devices and a never-before-seen form of 3-D object tracking based on CAD data- in addition to overall performance increases and enhanced 3-D content pipeline management.

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Metaio focused on the exciting advances in mobile technology and use-cases while looking also to the future. In this regard, Metaio released the first-ever AR browser for Google Glass and showcased numerous examples of AR in wearable computing, including assisted car maintenance and entertainment.

We graciously acknowledge all of our sponsors, exhibitors, media partners, speakers and attendees who made the 2013 InsideAR an overwhelming success! The next conference will be scheduled for Fall 2014. Additionally, we are again planning InsideARs in the US and Asia again. Stay tuned!

All of the speaking sessions from InsideAR are now available in our YouTube channel: Day 1 and Day 2.

Find more pictures on our English and German Facebook pages.   

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Press Release: Metaio & Vuzix to Showcase AR-Ready Smart Glasses at the 2013 Augmented World Expo

May 30, 2013

Apps built on world’s first software developer kit for wearable computing from Metaio to run on Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses

San Francisco, CA – 30 May 2013: Metaio, the world leader in augmented reality (AR) software and solutions and Vuzix Corporation, (OTCBB:VUZI) a leading developer and supplier of smart glasses, will join forces to showcase AR experiences built on the powerful Metaio SDK running on the AR-Ready Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses, at one of the largest gathering of AR professionals, the 2013 Augmented World Expo (AWE), June 4-5 in Santa Clara, CA.

Metaio’s AR software is currently used by over 30 million consumers and 50,000 developers, powering more than 1,000 apps for enterprise, marketing, retail, publishing and industrial markets. Vuzix’ products, including its smart glasses, have won 14 Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Awards. With its origins in defense research and development for next generation display solutions, Vuzix is a technology leader and early entrant in the Smart Glasses field

Metaio, an AWE Silver Sponsor, will be demonstrating the latest in next-generation AR at its booth at AWE, including numerous apps built with the Metaio SDK, the first SDK ready for wearable computing- as shown by its compatibility with the powerful and lightweight Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses.

“Wearable computing is the next step for natural, useful Augmented Reality,” said Metaio CTO Peter Meier. “In order to realize the dream of an always on, always augmented world, it is important to have software for developers ready, today, for smart glasses like the Vuzix M100.”

“Metaio has always been at the cutting-edge of the AR industry,” said Vuzix CEO Paul Travers. “The fact that their software and apps run on this hardware out-of-the-box is further proof that the M100 Smart Glasses are already primed to deliver real-time, hands-free instant augmentations of a user’s reality.”

Metaio will conduct extensive R&D to continue to adapt its powerful augmented reality SDK to be compatible with the next generation of wearable computing devices. To download the newest version of the Metaio SDK, visit http://www.metaio.com/sdk

To learn more about the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses, visithttp://www.vuzix.com/consumer/products_m100.html

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About Metaio

The worldwide leader in Augmented Reality (AR) research and technology, Metaio develops software products for visually interactive solutions between the real and the virtual world. Based on the Metaio Augmented Reality platform, digital and 3-D content can be integrated seamlessly into the user’s camera view looking upon the real world. Serving over 50.000 developers and powering over 1,000 apps for enterprise, marketing, retail, publishing and industrial cases, over 30 Million consumers use Metaio’s AR software. Learn more at www.metaio.com

About Vuzix Corporation

Vuzix is a leading supplier of video and cloud connected video eyewear products in the consumer, industrial, media and entertainment markets. The company’s personal display products offer users a portable high quality viewing experience for industrial wearable displays, consumer digital content viewing as well as 3D, virtual and augmented reality experiences. Vuzix also provides developer software and support to enable the growth and development of AR applications for its mobile devices. With its origins in defense research and development for next generation display solutions, Vuzix holds over 44 patents and patents pending in the video eyewear field. The company has won 14 Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Awards, the RetailVision Best New Product and several wireless technology innovation awards, among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (TSX-V:VZX – News, OTC:BB: VUZI, FMB: V7X) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan. For more information visit www.vuzix.com.


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!


Augmented Dallas: Meet Rajesh, the newest member of Metaio

May 1, 2013

Deep in the AR of Texas. 

Metaio opens Dallas office to ramp augmented reality hardware research

If you haven’t already heard, Metaio has expanded its US operation to Dallas, Texas, longtime technology hub and host to companies like AT&T, RIM, Ericsson and of course, Texas Instruments.

It’s from the latter that we welcome our newest member, Rajesh Narasimha. Before joining Metaio, Rajesh was a member of TI’s Video, Imaging and Vision Lab in the System and Applications R&D Center. There he authored and co-authored more than 35 publications while filing more than 10 patents.

Holding both a Masters and PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering, the +7 years of computer vision experience Rajesh brings to the Metaio US team will be invaluable as we continue our efforts to create hardware that will accelerate augmented reality experiences current and future mobile devices.

Rajesh Narasimha of Metaio

From Rajesh: “Metaio is the industry leader in AR technology and I feel that with my background and experience I can contribute to the existing and emerging areas of embedded augmented and vision technology.”

Metaio has a long history of working with mobile and semiconductor platforms all over the world. We hope to both continue and bolster new and existing relationships in our pursuit of introducing the AREngine into mobile devices, just as we announced at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. The new office in Dallas is a huge step towards making that happen

As the span of Metaio grows, so too does the company. Metaio is hiring for nearly all development and business roles! Interested in joining the team? Check out our Careers page and learn more about the company.


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