October 10, 2011
metaio is pleased to announce that the latest version of our Design software is now available for download.
Once again, AR is neither a sci-fi fantasy nor something limited to gimmicky one-off applications. Our design software enables anyone with a Windows PC to produce rich, interactive content. Our clients and partners use Design in trade shows, integrated marketing campaigns, classrooms, commercial applications, internal demonstrations and much more.
If you’re not already familiar with Design, you may have heard about our wonderful project with LEGO, now deployed in every LEGO-branded store in the world.
For the new 2.5 update we’ve rolled out the following updates:
- New features:
- Facetracking: for tracking a users face and overlaying3D content (e.g. hats, glasses etc.)
- Extensible tracking: for tracking in unknown environments the system automatically creates and updates an internal map of features for tracking based on the camera image. This allows you to move around freely with your camera and the system adjusts on the fly.
- Markerless tracking: Improved performance and stability
- Licensing: Licenses can be moved to another PC (only full version)
- Uses new version of BsContact renderer (188.8.131.52). For a list of features see the release notes on the Bitmanagement website.
- Several bugfixes for Unifeye and the Workflow Authority GUI
For more information, please see our web store and our extensive documentation on all of our software.
A Design license (post-activation) is bound to the user’s PC, so moving / transferring the license is not allowed. There are however cases where a user would need to transfer a license, such as when uploading to a new machine. Starting with Design 2.5, license holders will have the ability to transfer their licenses twice.
To send a request or purchase a license dongle, contact sales (at) metaio (dot) com.
To transfer your license, go here. Enter your activation key and click Get Licenses.
July 1, 2011
There are several ways of integrating augmented reality into your strategy, business model, project, product or ballpark. With junaio and its open API everything possible in mobile AR is possible. You can start right away without any monetary invest. That´s how for example artists play around or museums evaluate the latest digital technologies. And after you find out, that you can generate buzz, more turn-over and real added value for your clients you now can even integrate a junaio Plugin into your own app. That´s what publishing house Bauer Media did recently with two of their magazines and the related apps. With Smart View and Trailer View they enriched their print magazines with trailers and animations. The AR features are powered by metaio´s image processing technologies running smoothly in the background. The result is new experiences for the “readers”, new sales channels for the ad department and more creative fllexibility for the editors! And here you can see how the “Welt der Wunder” branded app works:
More information here, here and here.
March 11, 2011
At this year´s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), a leading global enabler of telecommunications services, used a fantastic multimedia installation to communicate their “Quality of Service over LTE”. It combined a radio controlled car driving through a miniature city, which was used as a trigger for certain sub topics out of the new LTE-enabled services, a full HD live-video-stream broadcasting the visitors race performance on a big screen, two stereoscopic cameras on the roof of the car for a real 3D cockpit view on another screen, augmented reality scenarios overlaying animations onto the live-video image which were triggered either with a light barrier or optically, which were done by metaio. And all this – overall control, car steering and AR/3D broadcasting on two screens – was transmitted via a LTE station in the NSN trade fair hall! There was no latency, not in the live images and not when steering the car. So it was not only the most advanced combination of multimedia techniques I´ve seen so far, it also demonstrated the power of the new transmission technology. Within the augmented reality mode the partners and clients of NSN were able to experience these new possibilities of mobile networks. 3D animations showed: identity management, roaming and billing for the e-mobility of the future (smart grid); a smart antenna system, for better coverage of hotspots; and finally the possibility to create individual services for the various needs of clients, be it high-end business rates vs. de-priorized leisure activities on mobile devices. I know, a lot of tech-talk here. Fair enough there´s a video below:
January 17, 2011
How spectacular architecture, superb design and the hottest trend in advertising fit together can be found on the website of recently opened hotel nhow Berlin. As soon as the user holds up the image brochure of the hotel in front of a webcam, he is taken on a virtual journey through the fascinating premises. Your host today: Ray Cokes! Of course there´s a video of the experience too:
By the way: unfortunately the video was not recorded by “Rob the cameraman” – man, how I loved Most Wanted!