AR Weekly – End of September

September 29, 2014

Today’s Weather: cloudy with a chance of thund-AR

Step 1: Insert Brain Step 2: Augment (Image Courtesy of Gizmag)

Step 1: Insert Brain Step 2: Augment Step 3: ???? Step 4: Profit! (Image Courtesy of Gizmag)

Metaio | Junaio Recap

InsideAR Speaker Spotlight: John Murray of Seebright [Augmented Blog]

InsideAR Speaker Spotlight: Annette Zimmermann of Gartner Reserach [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality News

Discover Global augmented reality market that is expect to grow at a CAGR of 132.2% to 2018 [WhaTech]

National Lottery to Offer Augmented Reality Scratchcard [World Lottery]

Windshield could be the display screen [Automotive News]

Sony Xperia App Updates: Lifelog API, Ninja AR Effect And Info-Eye Detection On Products And Logos [International Business Times AU]

5 Of The Coolest Gesture Control Devices [Benzinga]

Apple Watch May Best Google Glass [Liberty Voice]

This Sony researcher wants to put you in someone else’s head [CNET]

2015 Ford Mustang Owners App is Awesome – and Free [TorqueNews]

The Virtual Reality Pioneer that You Have Never Heard Of [MarketWatcb]

Sony releases ‘AR fun’ Augmented Reality Camera App for Xperia Smartphones [iamwire.com]

The Tesla Suit: Feel What You Play [Yahoo! Screen]

Airbus looking at virtual reality helmets for stressed passengers [Gizmag]

Shark-diving is way scarier in virtual reality than on a big screen [VentureBeat]

Smart Glasses vs. Smart Phones: Which Augments Reality Better? [U.S. News]

Struggling Sony Reveals Is Answer to Google Glass [Entrepreneur]

Rockwell Unveils Augmented Reality Orientation System [PCB Design 007]

Microsoft’s Kinect aids in ‘augmented reality sand’ mapping tool for Marines, Army [Marine Corps Times]

Why does Augmented Reality boost sales? [AR Blog]

Why Samsung’s Google Glass Rival “Gear Blink” Is a Terrible Idea [The Motley Fool]

Upcoming Events

Adobe MAX, October 4th – 8th [Info Here]

InsideAR Munich, October 29th – 30th [InsideAR 2014]

Pick of the Week

Recently, Yahoo! released a FutureVision video covering the Tesla Suit (here it is again). The Tesla Suit is being created by a UK company called Tesla Studios (no association with that one Elon Musk company), and, in concept, looks pretty cool. The ability to feel virtual interactions will create an even more immersive experience, so we’ll have to see how this turns out. You’ll find their video below, but be warned, it is a little. . . strange to say the least.


InsideAR Speaker Spotlight: John Murray of Seebright

September 29, 2014

InsideAR Munich 2014

Welcome to our seventh edition of our InsideAR Speaker Spotlight series!

For our seventh edition of the InsideAR Speaker Spotlight, we are happy to introduce John Murray, CTO and Co-Founder of Seebright. John is incredibly passionate about interactive interfaces with future tech and his work at Seebright reflects that. He sees the future of interaction as a realm yet to be fully pioneered, and he’ll be helping us explore some of that uncharted territory.

Meet John Murray of SeeBright!

Meet John Murray of SeeBright!

What are you going to present at InsideAR 2014?

John Murray: I will be presenting a broad look at the state of industry on input methods: where we are, where we can go and why we should go there. Input methods such as mouse and keyboard define our relationship with PCs. Touch has come to become the de facto standard for mobile devices ranging from smartphones, phablets, and ultrabooks, despite repeated attempts at the incorporation of the more precise stylus. It was with these precedents in mind that I started designing the primary input device for the Seebright headset last year, having found a lack of options that provide both expressiveness and reliability that the variety of possible AR experiences require. 

Novel input devices such as gesture recognition and voice control are far from replacing a keyboard and mouse. Augmented reality’s birth as a mainstream medium demands a tangible interaction in many of its most compelling use cases, or interactions that don’t interrupt at all. 

Have you ever attended InsideAR before and what was the most exciting part for you at previous events?

JM: I have not, I am looking forward to my first time at InsideAR

What is the next challenge in AR that you would like to see overcome?

JM: An affordable high-resolution see-through head-mounted display. And a story which can’t be told any other way.

What is your personal vision of the future of AR? What Application do you wish you had today?

JMAR will become a part of our normal day in the not so distant future, but in a very subtle way, and I don’t think it will be an all-the-time device such as our eyeglasses or even smartphone. I don’t think AR solves every problem class, and in fact I think the first are productivity and education, with expression near a third.

I’d wish I had an application that enables me to make something which requires skill and execution, but which otherwise is impossible to automate: cook a never-before-seen recipe without missing a beat or paint a picture without reference and with feedback on color choice.

We’re looking forward to hearing John’s talk “Deep Interaction for Augmented Experiences” where he’ll explore the current state of passive/active user intents, vocabulary of the intent and strength, accuracy and intuitiveness of the measured intent and how these shape a user’s experience.

That’s it from us for this week – be sure to visit our previous spotlight and if you’d like to watch some of the presentations from last year’s InsideAR event, check out our InsideAR YouTube playlist.

 


 InsideAR Munich takes place on October 29th and 30th, 2014 at the Kleine Olympiahalle in Munich. Learn more at http://www.insidear2014.com/

Need a ticket? Register here: http://www.insidear2014.com/register

 Interested in becoming a speaker? Get in touch with our team via: insidear@metaio.com

Want to join us as a journalist or become a media partner? Send us an email: press@metaio.com.


InsideAR Speaker Spotlight: Annette Zimmermann of Gartner Research

September 25, 2014

InsideAR Munich 2014

Welcome to our sixth edition of our InsideAR Speaker Spotlight series!

For our sixth edition of the InsideAR Speaker Spotlight, we are happy to introduce Annette Zimmermann, Research Director at Gartner Research. Annette works as part of the Consumer Markets and Technology team that is based in Munich. She is responsible for the Consumer Devices Agenda and is part of the global mobile devices forecast team. She has been working in the IT industry for nearly 10 years with a focus on consumer devices, wearables and location technology.

Annette Zimmerman

Meet Annette Zimmerman!

What are you going to present at InsideAR 2014?

Annette Zimmermann: I will provide an outlook on where we see the wearables market going and I will discuss how these new devices open new business opportunities.

Have you ever attended InsideAR before and what was the most exciting part for you at previous events?

AZ: Yes, I attended in 2012. I found it very interesting to discuss with large as well as new technology start-ups their view on AR and how AR can find applications in different industries.

What is the next challenge in AR that you would like to see overcome?

AZ: Privacy concerns for both local and visual identification-based augmented reality.

What is your personal vision of the future of AR? What Application do you wish you had today?

AZ: We expect the consumer market to initially develop at a slower pace than the enterprise or vertical markets for augmented reality. Video games, especially those developed for devices designed to deliver deeply immersive experiences, such as the Oculus Rift, have the most obvious short-term driver. Innovations in the game industry are no longer tied exclusively to game consoles.

It’s not the lack of imagination that is holding back more rapid development of consumer-facing augmented reality experiences. Rather, it’s the maturing, yet not-quite mature, nature of the tools and the lack of established usage models that marketers can use to triangulate the course of campaigns or techniques.

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Gartner Hype Cycle 2014

Annette’s talk titled “Wearables Enable New Business Opportunities” will deliver some great insights into the future of wearable technology and Augmented Reality. We’re looking forward to hearing what she has to say and her predictions for an augmented tomorrow!

That’s it from us for this week – be sure to visit our previous spotlight and if you’d like to watch some of the presentations from last year’s InsideAR event, check out our InsideAR YouTube playlist.

 


 InsideAR Munich takes place on October 29th and 30th, 2014 at the Kleine Olympiahalle in Munich. Learn more at http://www.insidear2014.com/

Need a ticket? Register here: http://www.insidear2014.com/register

 Interested in becoming a speaker? Get in touch with our team via: insidear@metaio.com

Want to join us as a journalist or become a media partner? Send us an email: press@metaio.com.


AR Weekly – Late September

September 23, 2014

What’s a pirate’s favorite technology?

. . . .

A-RRrrrrrr

Puurrrrty please? Image courtesy of Nokia and YouTube.

Puurrrrty please?
Image courtesy of Nokia and YouTube.

Metaio | Junaio Recap

Comcast Eyes Augmented Reality Tech [LightReading]

Timetraveler App Allows You To See The Berlin Wall Story In Augmented Reality [TechCrunch]

Augmented Reality Provides Window into the Past with Berlin Wall Timetraveler App [Augmented Blog]

What to expect at this year’s InsideAR Munich? [Augmented Blog]

Featured Channel: Bologna Bus To Go by Yoomee Technologies [Junaio]

My Augmented Reality [YouTube]

InsideAR Munich 2014 Augmented Reality Conference [Youtube]

Augmented Reality News

Augmented Reality Glasses From Sony To Ship In March 2015 [Mobile Commerce Press]

Can’t afford Google Glass? Here’s Optinvent Ora at $300 [the Indian Express]

Investing in Virtual and Augmented Reality [Tech Investing Daily]

Kickstart This iOS-Powered Virtual Reality Headset [TechnoBuffalo]

Comment: What is the waearables reality [Electronics Weekly]

Do-It-Yourself Google Glass: Here’s Augmented Reality, the Open Source Way [Business 2 Community]

Where Are Virtual And Augmented Reality Going? [VR World]

Architecture Graduate Turns Iconic London Building Into An Augmented Reality Game [Techly]

Sony Unveils Google Glass Alternative; Asks Developers to Make Apps [NDTV Gadgets]

Maryland purses virtual reality technology with new grant money [The Diamondback]

Parliament uses augmented reality technology to bring Westminster Hall to life [Digital By Default]

Augmented Reality Digital Headsets Get Real [Information Week]

Meta 1 Augmented Reality Glasses Are Dragging Us Into A VR Future [TechCrunch]

Researchers Use Oculus Rift and Augmented Reality To Put Facebook On Your Wall [Gizmodo AU]

Discover Global augmented reality and virtual reality market that will be worth $1.06 billion by 2018 [WhaTech]

Preview: Skully AR-1 Augmented Reality Motorcycle Helmet [Me and MyConnie]

Google Glass makes doctors better surgeons, Stanford study shows [VentureBeat ]

Sega Augmented Reality Sandbox: Terramapping [technabob]

Sega’s created the project-mapped kids’ sandbox of the future [Engadget]

Augmented reality glasses unveiled by Sony in prototype form [Mobile Commerce News]

3-D reality hits ‘home’ [Home Accents Today]

Upcoming Events

Mixed and Augmented Reality Reference Model Overview and Use Examples [Perey.com]

Adobe MAX, October 4th – 8th [Information Here]

InsideAR Munich, October 29th – 30th [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

I really wanted to give it to this video (because, well, cats) but Always On, Always Augmented > Always On, Always Connected, just saying. Instead, the Pick of the Week goes to the video below showcasing some incredible SLAM. The maps are dense and do show some great reconstructions. It doesn’t look like the mapping overlay is done live, but the set up does paint the planes fairly well. Hopefully we’ll see some applications in the near future!

Okay, one more: What’s a pirate’s favorite vegetable?

. . . .

Aaarrrr-tichokes

I’ll be here all week, folks!


What to expect at this year’s InsideAR Munich?

September 19, 2014

InsideAR Munich 2014

The 8th InsideAR Munich – organized by Metaio – is coming closer and we would like to invite you to join us for the most exciting AR conference worldwide.

After the huge success from last year’s InsideAR we expect more than 1.000 attendees from the Augmented Reality eco system on the 29th/30th October 2014. We are very happy to announce that Intel will support us this year as Platinum Sponsor. We are also pleased to welcome NGRAIN and Epson as Gold Sponsors. More than 35 speakers from 28 countries will give you a deep insight into the current state, and future of AR.

The main focus of InsideAR Munich 2014 is on wearables and new sensors including the latest 3D optics. Don’t miss the presentations and demos of Metaio’s Thermal Touch as well as Augmented Reality applications for enterprise and industrial fields. We offer exciting keynotes, discussions and workshops to you as well as an exhibition space where the latest examples of AR technologies can be experienced firsthand. The program for InsideAR 2014 is now available on our website.

In the Welcome Keynote, Dr. Thomas Alt (CEO Metaio) and Peter Meier (CTO Metaio) will present Metaio’s Roadmap and provide insights into our latest R&D projects. With pleasure we also welcome Dr. Ronald Azuma from the Intel Labs, who will be speaking about Leviathan – a series of AR demonstrations that Intel showed at CES 2014, with the support of Metaio.

Meet our partners who will present keynotes and show exciting demos in the huge expo area of InsideAR:

InsideAR Munich will be fully covered by top international media sponsors, such as Gizmodo, ZDNet, Brandwatch and many others. Just like last year, we will have live interviews streamed exclusively from the conference by Bloggercamp.tv.

Partner_InsideARMunich

To register for InsideAR Munich, please click here. We extended the Early Bird period to September 30th. Use this chance to complete your registration for €295* and save €100!

Please also note that we offer the Metaio AR Creation & Platform Training right before InsideAR Munich – Oct. 27th – 28th. When you book this training you will receive a 10% discount on your InsideAR Munich ticket.

The whole Metaio team looks forward to seeing you at InsideAR Munich!


AR Weekly – Mid September

September 15, 2014

AR-2 D-2?

The Apple Watch - Image Courtesy of Apple

The Apple Watch – Image Courtesy of Apple

Metaio | Junaio Recap

InsideAR Speaker Spotlight: Alissia Iljaitsch presenting BMW INNOVATION LIVE for Google Glass [Augmented Blog]

AR Community for Open and Interoperable Augmented Reality Experiences meets in Munich [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality 101 [VMA Storyboard]

Augmented Reality News

Researchers turn smartphones into augmented reality props [htxt.africa]

Augmented reality glasses unveiled by Sony in prototype form [Mobile Commerce News]

Virtual artwork on Broadway begins this weekend [Business Journal]

Peter’s picks: Virtually, anything is possible [Aquila Style]

WATCH: Re-engineering Sight [Science Alert]

Oculus CEO Announces $31M Donation to Build a Virtual Reality Lab aat His Alma Mater, UMD [InTheCapital]

Gear Blink From Samsung Will Rival Google Glass [Load The Game]

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and EON Reality Partner to Create Augmented Reality Training Applications for Ethiopia [Marketwired]

While You Weren’t Looking, Dell Made Android Tablets Interesting Again [Gizmodo]

Samsung Gear Blink arriving next year to take on Google Glass [Phones Review]

Will Apple’s smartwatch mean the premature death of Google Glass? [The Boston Globe]

Augmented reality makes its way into the “home of the future” [Mobile Commerce News]

Oculus Rift SDK2 headsets to feature at Digital Nationz [Voxy.co.nz]

Newsbyte: SAP to Showcase New Augmented Reality Apps at Super Mobility Week Powered by CTIA [MarketWatch]

Augmented Reality: Perfecting and Preserving Surgical Skills [ObGyn.net]

Wearable tech Turns Fiction into Sensational Reality [iQ]

Upcoming Events

InsideAR Munich, October 29 -30th [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

Smartwatch this, smartwatch that, everyone is talking about the Apple Smartwatch and whether or not it will break or make the smartwatch industry. While the whole array of new Apple products is very cool, we’re much more excited about the Dell Venue 8 7000 that was announced last week. It may not have the most. . . original name, but it does boast a world-facing Intel RealSense depth camera. With a world-facing depth camera, even more powerful Augmented Reality applications can be created, including a stronger SLAM and real-time 3D occlusion. The video below provides a good overview of the device. We can’t wait to see what this tablet and Intel RealSense cameras can do with Augmented Reality!


InsideAR Speaker Spotlight: Alissia Iljaitsch presenting BMW INNOVATION LIVE for Google Glass

September 15, 2014

InsideAR Munich 2014

Welcome to our fifth edition of our InsideAR Speaker Spotlight series.

Alissia Iljaitsch, Executive Director Vectorform

Alissia Iljaitsch, Executive Director Vectorform

For our fifth edition on the InsideAR Speaker Spotlight we are proud to present Alissia Iljaitsch, Executive Director at Vectorform. Alissia’s career has taken her to the headquarters of leading automotive brands and with Vectorform she works closely with the design and development team tailoring digital experiences for companies such as Volkswagen AG, BMW AG and Microsoft Deutschland.

In the Speaker Spotlight she will talk about her latest project with Google Glass and her experiences with Augmented Reality. Let’s have a closer look!

Alissia, what are you going to present at InsideAR 2014?

Alissia Iljaitsch: I am very proud to be able to present our BMW INNOVATION LIVE. augmented reality case study for Google Glass. The object recognition of the BMW i8 was realized with the Metaio SDK. My presentation will allow a look behind the scenes of the design, development and project management process of the highly innovative experience.

Have you ever attended InsideAR before and what was the most exciting part for you at previous events?

AI: It will be my second time attending the InsideAR here in Munich. In August 2013 Vectorform started development for Google Glass and I was inspired by the opportunities the Metaio SDK offered for the new hardware. After the event our engineers and user experience specialist started evaluating the possibilities that would allow us to create a world class augmented reality experience for our clients. The BMW i8 product presentation in combination with Google Glass was the perfect fit for demonstrating the capabilities of the new device to the public audience.

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What is the next challenge in AR that you would like to see overcome?

AI: With the introduction of data glasses augmented reality has the chance to take a big leap ahead, since the physical barrier of the mobile device is eliminated and the experience will feel more natural. However, it will be becoming more and more important that the user experience design is perfectly adjusted to the user´s environment to prevent a gimmicky look and feel of the superimposed content. In my speech at the InsideAR conference I will present Vectorform´s design principle of the Natural User Environment (NUE), which is a concept that focusses on factoring in the environment into wearable application design.

What is your personal vision of the future of AR? What Application do you wish you had today?

AI: The latency of object recognition is still a caveat. Users love an instant and quick response, but the speed for object recognition depends on a lot of external factors as light conditions, battery-life and processing power of the device. As the device capabilities improve we see huge steps towards providing the best experience for the end user.

The concepts for superimposing additional contents are infinite. Starting from the simple use of map applications for orientation to massive gaming scenarios.

Vectorform currently develops the “Nargoo” application for spatial orientation of dementia patients. I believe that these augmented reality applications will make true impact on society in the future, especially the medical space offers endless possibilities.

 

Thanks Alissa! We are looking forward to welcoming you at InsideAR Munich! Want to see Vectorform’s Google Glass demo? Watch the video below!


 InsideAR Munich takes place on October 29th and 30th, 2014 at the Kleine Olympiahalle in Munich. Learn more at http://www.insidear2014.com/

Need a ticket? Early Bird registration ends on 30th of September. Register here: http://www.insidear2014.com/register

 Interested in becoming a speaker or exhibitor? Get in touch with our team via: insidear@metaio.com.

Want to join us as a journalist or become a media partner? Send us an email: press@metaio.com.


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