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

September 22, 2014

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How do you explain to a child where the Berlin Wall once stood? Or how it felt to live in its shadow? For those who did not live during the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall it is hard to imagine what it must have been like; yet the crowds still gather around the Wall Memorial to this day, and tales of the “death strip” still command the attention of curious visitors.

To commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall, Metaio and Timetraveler Augmented Ltd. are presenting the Timetraveler application. Using cutting-edge Augmented Reality (AR) technology from Metaio, the history of the Berlin Wall can be experienced like never before. Users of the Timetraveler app can witness hidden film footage, reconstructions of long demolished sites, and explanatory tales of the division that the nation of Germany experienced in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Metaio Certified Developer mCrumbs was also included in the development of the application.

The Timetraveler app turns any smartphone (Android & iOS) into a window to the past, providing a completely new way to dive into the history of Berlin. The app guides the user through a GPS-based tour of eleven major historical sites along the Berlin Wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Street. Once guided to the appropriate locations by GPS, the application switches to optical tracking mode where it recognizes sites and then displays stories of events that happened over five decades ago. Witness firsthand the dramatic escape of Frida Schulze from her apartment window, see the demolition of the Church of Reconciliation, and watch as the border guard Conrad Schuman jumps the barbed wire barrier between East and West Berlin. With smartphone in hand, anyone can now become an eyewitness to historical events right where they took place.

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The Timetraveler App will be presented at InsideAR – the world’s leading Augmented Reality Conference – on October 29th/30th. Join us there, Early Bird tickets are still available.

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Download the free Lite version of the Timetraveler App here and try it on the website: Android or iOS.

Become an eyewitness to history!


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.


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

September 9, 2014

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In conjunction with ISMAR 2014 hosted by TU Munich this week the AR Community for Open and Interoperable Augmented Reality Experiences will meet in the Metaio offices on Saturday, 13th of Sept. The face-to-face community meetings are designed to promote the discussion among ecosystem stakeholders for the development of open and interoperable AR content and experiences.

The community innitiated by Christine Perey is working together actively to reach its main goal of the advancement of an open and interoperable AR. As it is a grassroots initiative, there is no formal administrative structure for this community. All those who are currently working towards open Augmented Reality content and experiences are invited to present the status of their activities and participate in this active global community. Additionally, companies and individuals who are interested or wish to contribute their projects to the advancement of interoperable AR are welcome.

To get more information about the AR Community and to join the meeting in Munich you will find more details on Christine Perey’s website. Session descriptions and speakers are available on the meeting agenda page.

Here is a quick preview for the programme on Day 1 and Day 2:

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AR Weekly – Early September

September 8, 2014

Think and wonder, wonder and think.

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Experience the power of the bookbook™! (Image Courtesy of IKEA and YouTube)

Metaio | Junaio Recap

InsideAR Speaker Spotlight: Gina Chung [Augmented Blog]

InsideAR Beijing – A Quick Preview [Augmented Blog]

Join our next webinar: “Engine Creative and Tesco Discover – AR Publishing for Brands” [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality News

Developers react: What it’s like to be making games for Gear VR [Gamasutra]

Meet the Scientists: Dr. Josh Kvavle [Armed With Science]

Watch out Google, Sony’s coming at’cha with its Smart EyeGlass AR specs (hands-on) [Pocket-lint]

Prettify yourself in Panasoic’s augmented reality mirror [WIRED UK]

Apple’s iPhone-based augmented reality navigation concept has ‘X-ray vision’ features [Apple Insider]

New Wedding Dress App Uses ‘Augmented Reality Technology’ for Virtual Try-Ons [ABC News]

Augmented reality – how can it enhance the future of football? [Engineering.com]

Mobile app designed for Google Glass reads facial expressions [Mobile Commerce News]

Optinvent ORA-1 Developer Edition smartglasses hit Kickstarter [SlashGear]

Cotton On Launches Global Augmented Reality Inititative [Power Retail]

Augmented Reality, Other Trainers for Complex Disease [Mimic Technologies Blog]

‘Smart packaging’ solutions for connected shoppers [Sys-Con Media]

Mobile games are coming to Google Glass [Mobile Commerce News]

Could these augmented reality headsets be the future of theme parks? [Daily Mail Online]

Revamping Content with Augmented Reality [SFAMA]

The War for Our Digital Future: Virtual Reality vs. Integral Reality [WIRED]

Upcoming Events

No webinar this week folks!

Thomas Alt at Intel’s IDF14 – Creating Immersive Augmented Reality Experiences on Android Mobile Platforms Based on Intel Architecture using Metaio SDK [IDF14 San Francisco]

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

Pick of the Week

When it comes to technological innovations, no other company breaks down barriers like IKEA. With their latest product, the bookbook™, IKEA stands to break ground in the tech industry in ways that we could only have imagined. Check out their latest innovation in the video below and get excited for that they have in store!

#innovation #tech #siliconSweden #dohashtagsevenworkonWordpress?


InsideAR Beijing – A Quick Preview

September 4, 2014

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As with many industries, the Chinese market for AR has been rapidly growing – both in terms of industrial interest and consumer adoption. Looking at Junaio use alone, we have noticed huge surge in usage since it was localized to the Chinese version known as Moyan (or, “Magic Window” in English). It certainly appears that Augmented Reality is gaining traction in the world’s most populace nation. With the newest edition of InsideAR beginning tomorrow, we decided to put together a quick preview of the event:

Expo Floor

The Marriot Beijing City Wall features a large conference hall for our keynote speakers and presentations. With the Expo Hall a quick walk away, you can be sure that you won’t miss any of the action. Demos include Metaio 3D tracking on a automobile, next-gen AR furniture apps, Metaio face tracking and much more.Check out the full demo list and expo floor here.insideAR Beijing expo floor

Speakers

Metaio's Nicoleta Notova will be leading the morning charge.

Metaio’s Nicoleta Notova will be leading the morning charge.

InsideAR Beijing features 21 speakers who will cover a vast range of topics surrounding the Augmented Reality industry. Partners and friends from the likes of ARM, VW Shanghai, and Chengdu Economic Daily, will join us and speak about various aspects of Augmented Reality. Key topics include Augmented Reality Hardware, Industrial Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality in Print,and  Augmented Reality in Marketing. In addition to our full speaker roster, there are a series of workshops for both AR newbies and seasoned technical folk. Check out the full list of speakers here.

Program

With 10 hours of planned programs, keynotes, demos, and seminars, you can expect InsideAR Beijing to be packed from beginning to end. Check out the full day program here.

That’s it! InsideAR Beijing begins tomorrow and we can’t wait to show everyone all the cool things that we’ve prepared. Hopefully we’ll see you there!


Join our next webinar: “Engine Creative and Tesco Discover – AR Publishing for Brands”

September 3, 2014

Using Augmented Reality for printing products is nothing new. However, many brands have recently begun to recognize that AR technology can indeed bring additional value to catalogues, brochures and product packaging. Experimenting over the last several years, they have realized that the technology is now stable, fast and affordable -even for companies with smaller marketing budgets. With augmented catalogues and well thought-out AR applications, the technology can cover a wide range of possibilities: from delivering additional product information to costumers, to directly integrated online stores. Moreover, brands could easily turn their print material into an interactive showroom.

Engine Creative, a UK based company, created a very great example for Tesco, a multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer. The Tesco Discover App enhances several Tesco printing products via Augmented Reality and brings them to life. Engine Creative’s Chris Dun and Matt Key will join our next webinar this Thursday and will discuss the Tesco Discover platform in relation to their continued development with Metaio’s workflow and features. They will be approaching from both a technical and creative viewpoint; looking at the use and development of AR for brands. As examples, we will cover four AR campaigns from 2014 that have been developed to drive in-store shopper engagement, on packaging and across Tesco Publications.

Join us for the webinar this Thursday, September 4, 8am PDT/ 5pm CET and register here: Metaio Developer Portal.


AR Weekly – Beginning of September

September 2, 2014

ARen’t you glad I didn’t say it’s Monday?

Courtesy of YouTube and IKEA

Courtesy of YouTube and IKEA

Metaio | Junaio Recap

InsideAR Speaker Spotlight: Ronald Azuma [Augmented Blog]

Introducing Metaio Advanced Partner: 3D Studio Blomberg [Augmented Blog]

Don’t have 3D models? Try 2.5D! [Augmented Blog]

Augmented Reality News

What Nikola Tesla and augmented reality have in common [Technical.ly]

App tap into students’ aptitude for learning [The Age]

Gen-Next Skully-AR-1 helmet arrives with augmented reality display, rear view camera and more [Daily Bhaskar]

Star Walk 2 App Review [PASTE Magazine]

Augmented reality mobile application [Manila Standard Today]

Augmented Reality Technology Becomes More Immersive [Mobile Commerce Press]

ORA-1 Glasses to Put Android On Your Face [Tom's Guide]

Disney’s ‘Mayhem at the Mansion’ Augmented Reality Game Now Available for Download [Stitch Kingdom]

Augmented Reality Helps in Troubleshooting [PCB Design 007]

Leap Motion’s next sensor is designed specifically for virtual reality [Mashable]

Marketing a product that doesn’t exist yet [BizCommunity.com]

Epson Welcomes JBKnowledge to Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses Developer Program [Herald Online]

Furniture Shopping with Augmented Reality [MIT Technology Review]

Virtual Reality Could Help Teach Sustainable Habits, Change Long Term Behavior [Huffington Post]

A Headset Meant to Make Augmented Reality Less of a Gimmick [MIT Technology Review]

A Smart Helmet That Gives Riders Eyes in the Back of Their Heads [Entrepreneur]

Augmented Reality Untethers SAP [SAP Events]

Upcoming Events

Webinar – Engine Creative and Tesco Discover – AR Publishing for Brands [Register Here]

SXSW Panel Picker – HoloGramma: How Tech Can ‘Bring Back’ Our Departed [Vote Here]

InsideAR Beijing, September 5th [Info Here]

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

Pick of the Week

As one of the most iconic uses of Augmented Reality, the IKEA Catalog App recently released its third iteration. Check out the video below to see the update in action and be sure to try it out for yourself through Google Play and iTunes.


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