Naomi Kawase has a pretty cool job: as NGRAIN’s UX (User Experience) Designer, she’s focused on industrial augmented reality interaction design and production management. We recently picked her brain about industry challenges, upcoming trends, and the ins-and-outs of the job. Read on to find out what a day in the life of an AR UX designer is like and why she thinks collaboration is so important in this emerging market:
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Metaio supports the right to bear arms.
3-D Measurement technology provider, and longtime Metaio partners FARO recently wrote a post on their experiences with Metaio’s vertical solution software for the Industrial sector, the Metaio Engineer. We thought we’d share it with our readers as well, just in case any of you missed it.
In case some of you didn’t know (or forgot), Metaio began as an enterprise to provide industrial solutions to manufacturing and automotive firms, and it’s really only since the dawn of the smartphone that Metaio has seriously pursued marketing and advertising use-cases for AR.
For greater insight on Metaio’s industrial history, you can watch this Industrial AR video playlist, read the Metaio Engineer Whitepaper or scan past blog articles featuring industrial augmented reality. In the meantime, enjoy FARO’s post, and make sure to visit their website for more information on state-of-the-art 3-D precision and measurement technology. And if you want to see FARO first-hand, don’t miss the 2013 InsideAR Conference in Munich, October 10-11.
Thanks again to FARO, and enjoy the post!
Augmented Reality means to enrich and enhance the user’s view of the real world with additional digital information, e.g. a virtual 3D-model that originates from CAD.
This content is made visible on a monitor, a tablet PC, within the user’s field of view using a head-mounted display or projected onto the respective area. Virtual and actual realities merge in the most natural manner that is possible.
metaio Engineer is software that brings Augmented Reality to the industrial field. And it is a perfect complement to an existing measuring arm. The best of both worlds is combined: a quick and direct visualization with the precision of a measuring arm.
With the new release of metaio Engineer 5.0, an interface to support FARO measuring arms is already built-in. All necessary features are integrated by default, from calibration to functions that support your daily tasks.
Previously, in case of quality control every relevant point had to be measured to discover deviations between the CAD model and the related assembly part. metaio Engineer and Augmented Reality accelerate this process by identifying errors and selectively measuring deviations.
These are the basic steps to set up an Augmented Reality system based on the FARO Edge:
- Mount an industry camera with available adapters onto the grip of the measuring arm
- Calibrate camera and spatial relation between camera and measuring arm
- Determine position of the arm in relation to the subject of analysis
- Visualize a CAD model onto the existing model, part or product
- Compare planned vs. actual state, measurements and more features
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We’re pleased to announce that Metaio has been nominated for the prestigious 2013 Global Mobile Awards for the 2013 Mobile World Congress in the category of Best Mobile Service or Product for Automotive. As Metaio has strong roots in augmented reality applications for the car industry, we’re very proud to have the chance to present with our partner, Audi AG in Barcelona this year.
For more information about Metaio Augmented Reality solutions for the Automotive industry, check out “VW Augmented Reality service of the future” [video]
Metaio and Audi AG worked together to develop the Audi eKurzinfo augmented reality assistant app. New Audi A1 owners can download the app for iOS devices and get introduced to their car in just a few minutes- no manual necessary. Through the app, the user can use Metaio’s visual search and recognition technology to identify insignia throughout the vehicle and receive immediate feedback on how to use that particular feature of the new Audi.
The first iteration of the Audi eKurzinfo app was purely image recognition, as showcased in the above video. For 2013, Audi will release the brand new version of the app featuring real-time visual graphics and advanced augmented reality interactions. Audi intends to roll out this service beyond the A1, starting with the A3 but with the potential for future models as well.
If you’re attending the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, please come visit us! In addition the Awards Ceremony, Metaio will be in Hall 8.1 at the App Planet, showcasing the latest in augmented reality and 3-D technology. We are fortunate to also have amazing partners like Intel, Imagination Technology and ST-Ericsson, at whose booths you can see how Metaio’s technology works with some of the best chipset platforms and handsets out there. For more information, visit our Mobile World Congress page- and feel free to set up a meeting!
For more on the Global Mobile Awards, check out the GSMA Press Release:
4 February 2013, London: The GSMA today announced nominees for the 18th annual Global Mobile Awards. The winners will be presented on Tuesday, 26th February at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, in an afternoon ceremony hosted by one of the UK’s best-loved writers, actors and comedians, David Walliams. In total, 158 nominees have been shortlisted for this year’s Global Mobile Awards; the full list of nominees and awards categories can be found at www.globalmobileawards.com/nominees-2013/
“The GSMA warmly congratulates all the nominees announced today. The competition this year was of an exceptionally high quality, breaking all previous records,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Our judging panel has assessed well over 600 entries and nominations for the 37 awards, the largest ever number of honours to be presented at the Global Mobile Awards. It is a tremendous achievement to have been shortlisted and we look forward to recognising the winners at Mobile World Congress next month.”
For 2013 the GSMA introduced several enhancements to the awards, such as the addition of the inaugural ‘Connected Life Awards’, and notable developments in the ‘Best Mobile Technology’ and ‘Apps of the Year’ categories. Thirty-two awards will be presented during the afternoon ceremony, which will begin at 2.30 pm in Hall 4, Conference Village, Auditorium 1, and will be open to all Global Mobile Awards nominees, Mobile World Congress Platinum, Gold and Silver Pass conference attendees and accredited press and analysts attending the Congress.
Also being awarded on Tuesday 26th February are the expanded Government Leadership Awards, which recognise governments from around the world for their innovation and leadership in use of mobile technologies in the public sector; the presentation of these awards will take place at the Government Mobile Forum. The GSMA’s prestigious Chairman’s Award 2013 will be presented at the Leadership Summit on Monday 25th February.
The award for the ‘Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2013’ will be identified and selected from those on show at the event. The shortlist for this award will be announced on both Mobile World Live TV and the Global Mobile Awards website on 27th February, with the winner being honoured in a live presentation on Mobile World Live TV the following day.
The Global Mobile Awards 2013 host David Walliams shot to fame through his work, with co-creator Matt Lucas, on the television series “Little Britain” and later “Come Fly With Me.” “Little Britain” has won numerous international awards including three BAFTAs and has been shown in more than 100 countries. In addition to a wide variety of television, stage and film roles, David has worked tirelessly for various charities raising over £7 million, and in September 2011, he swam the length of the River Thames (140 miles) for Sports Relief, raising £1 million in the process. He has also authored a number of best-selling children’s books and is a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent.”
To select the nominees for the 2013 awards, more than 160 independent analysts, journalists, academics and subject matter experts throughout the world participated in the judging process. In addition, the chief technology officers of 14 mobile operators took part in judging the ‘Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology’ award, including CTOs from 3, Etisalat, KT, M1, Movistar, MTN, NTT DoCoMo, Optus, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile, VimpelCom and Vodafone.
2013 Global Mobile Awards sponsors include: McAfee (Apps of the Year), Myriad (Social & Economic Development) and Telmap (Connected Life Awards and Best Mobile Services). Market data for the ‘Best Mobile App for Consumers’ and ‘Best Mobile App for Enterprise’ categories was provided by Distimo.
Full information on the Global Mobile Awards can be found at www.globalmobileawards.com.
The Mobile World Congress 2013 will be held 25th- 28th February at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. For further details please visit www.mobileworldcongress.com.
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In something that will probably happen more often than it has in the past, we will be regularly interviewing Metaio team members and sharing some insight as to what it’s like to work here (spoiler alert: it’s awesome). So next up is the newest member of our Industrial Team, Gülcan Ucbek!
Gülcan, how did you get to Metaio?
In June this year I received a contact E-Mail from Metaio explaining what the company is doing and that there are some open positions which I might be interested in.
Firstly I made the quick search on Metaio’s website and then I started to read more about Augmented Reality. I got so excited while I was reading that I just grabbed the telephone and called Metaio to find out more. We exchanged some information and met each other couple of times. And now here I am
What do you like most about working for Metaio?
I really enjoy getting to know the whole metaio team with so many different people and their interesting backgrounds. I can truly say that Metaio has a great and rich “culture”.
What do you do when you’re not Augmenting Reality?
As I am a person who gets easily inspired, I always want to do many things at the same time but end up doing the same things in the end
I love the nature! So I go hiking (even in the winter), mountain biking, walking etc.
Tell us a secret.
Ok, now you know it all: I love my Snoopy Slippers.
Aaaand we have a shot of that:
Thanks again to Gülcan for being such a good sport, and once again a huge welcome to her as one of our newest members. Want to join up? Visit http://metaio.com/career and maybe we’ll see your face up here.
Catch you on the flipside…..
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We proudly present a brand-new release of metaio’s most powerful Augmented Reality tool. After integrating additional modules for calibration and alignment, metaio Engineer provides every function for adjusting AR analyses. This applies especially to set-actual comparisons in product development, based on tracking with a measuring arm.
Here are the most sophisticated new features of metaio Engineer 5.0:
Integrated high precision camera calibration
Instead of the Sextant Calibration with a chessboard pattern, now you can chose the Extended Sextant Calibration based on a 3D AICON panel.
Efficient high precision off-set calibration
The offset between a camera and an external tracking sensor – like a measuring arm – now can be determined based on a 3D AICON pattern.
Alignment without external help
For finding out where an external tracking sensor is located in relation to the real object that has to be analyzed, no more external measurement tool is necessary.
metaio and its partners will showcase many impressive use cases for AR in engineering, including:
Large area auditing of manufacturing quality based on Infrared Tracking by ART
Creating a detailed 360° environment from huge 3D models on mobile devices with RTT
Displaying different designs right on the surface of real objects with EXTEND3D
… and many more. Register for insideAR 2012 - today and join us October 1-2 in Munich!
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Dear metaio ecosystem,
We invite you join us at insideAR 2012, October 1-2 in Munich, Germany! With ARM, STEricsson, Intel and Imagination as sponsors, metaio unveils the latest advances in the exciting field of Augmented Reality (AR). Business and technology professionals come from all over the world to see the newest industrial installations, the latest mobile app developments, wearable computing prototypes and futuristic projects straight from the R&D labs of metaio and its partners. Find out all about it: http://www.metaio.com/insidear/
Highlights of insideAR 2012 include:
- Presentations by AR Industry Luminaries including LEGO, NVIDIA, Beijing Institute of Technology, Volkswagen and many more
- The world’s biggest AR live exhibition with showcases such as AR for Digital Marketing, Retail, print & publishing, Industrial solutions and the Augmented City
- Free Seminars & workshops hosted by metaio and its partners to share best-practice AR solutions and help developers getting started with the new metaio AR solutions
InsideAR 2012 brings together the AR industry and customers from all over the world to give you a 360° view on the state and future of Augmented Reality!
Everyone’s talking about the new 2013 IKEA Catalogue:
Augmented reality revenues to surpass $600 billion by 2016
ABI Research – Augmented Reality Eyewear Is Interface of Future, But Google’s Project Glass Won’t Take Us There Yet
metaio newsletter: Augmented Reality optimized hardware
We look forward to seeing you at insideAR 2012!
- Thomas Alt, CEO metaio
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(Apologies for the reference, but it had to be done)
While everyone here in the lovely city of San Francisco was preparing Halloween costumes, metaio was at the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality presenting research that will not only enable an actual Augmented City, but will lead to more natural, more subtle augmentations of the physical world.
metaio has made substantial improvements in mobile optical tracking and recognition, having implemented both 3D object recognition and Gravity-Aligned feature descriptors (GAFD). Through complex algorithms and sensor-fusion, we are able to align the field of vision of the smartphone with gravity. That means no matter where or how the user is positioned, his or her smartphone will always understand “up” and “down” as constants instead of relative positions. Looking at the photo above, you can see that natural feature tracking fell short in trying to describe surfaces buildings- all the windows look the same and there is little variability or contrast in the overall facade. Before GAFD, identifying or isolating only one or two of those windows would have been nearly impossible- defining gravity as a constant however allows the tracking to easily identify each individual window. Check out the video below for a visual demonstration- you’ll notice that the tracking is faster, smoother, more robust, and above all more natural. Note also that we can align individual elements of a given 3D model with gravity, allowing 3D models and animations to behave more realistically when placed in the real world.
metaio also debuted 3D object recognition and tracking for the first time on a mobile device running on a consumer application: junaio. Not a specifically engineered research platform or prototype, but an iOS and Android application free to download and more importantly, free to develop. And in its first appearance, 3D tracking on junaio won the ISMAR Tracking Competition.
3D object tracking is the obvious next step for mobile AR- though printed 2D images provide a wealth of material for launching AR experiences, being able to track actual real-world objects will open up a whole world of opportunities for placing useful, engaging, and interactive content in the physical world. Combined with GAFD, objects like buildings, automobile engines, complex industrial prototypes, groceries, billboards, and public transportation vehicles become the canvases for the digital world.
In order to have real-time, natural and subtle augmentations of the real world it is imperative that we able to understand and digitally reconstruct our immediate environments. For instance, a realistic digital or virtual piece of furniture placed into a physical room needs to behave as though it is real. You would expect an object in front of it to obscure it, and vice versa. Until recently, the placing of virtual objects into the real world in real-time has been restricted to the foreground of the user’s perspective. metaio however presented at ISMAR research that show the instantaneous online, real-time learning of 3D environments in order to realistically display or remove virtual objects from the physical world. This kind of technology will eventually allow prospective homeowners to furnish an entire house or apartment the first time they step across the threshold, or allow for the construction of truly immersive, realistic AR gaming environments. Watch the video below to see it in action- note how the camera actually learns its surroundings in real-time, and within seconds adjusts to make a given virtual object or animation appear realistically in reference to surrounding real world objects.
If you build it…
metaio is well aware that in order to see stellar use cases, engaging content, and disruptive interfaces that this kind of technology needs to be in the hands of both creators and users. That’s why all of this research will soon be available through junaio (now, assuredly, the world’s most advanced AR browser) and the advanced metaio Mobile SDK (which if you haven’t heard has a free version coming soon). We here at metaio believe that Augmented Reality as a whole is far too vast, multi-faceted and diverse to be unified under a sole “Killer App”. That’s why we’re giving people the tools to investigate, experiment, and explore all aspects of this wonderful technology to expand on all potential applications of AR.
For more information, see the press release, as well as some of the articles written about our research in the past few days:
Singularity Hub, “The Latest Updates to Augmented Reality: 3D and Gravity”
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