Weekest Links, 2014 Consumer Electronics Show Edition

January 15, 2014

CES and desist. 

Kobayashi-san of Epson

Kobayashi-san of Epson repairs the Mitsubishi Electric unit with augmented reality, and honor. 

We just came back from a riveting and harrowing 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). For those of you who have never attended, CES is a never-ending journey consisting of smoke-filled casinos, endless lines, iPhone cases, and strange and confusing conference food. But the chance to see many of the gadgets and technology that will be released later this year along with 150,000 other attendees keeps us going back year after year. And, in addition to a strong showing by augmented reality and wearable technology, CES was full of innovations like smart home tech, drones, robots, 3-D printing and more.

CES 2014 Wrap-Up:

  • 10 Innovations from CES you should know about [Business Insider]
  • 2014 CES: Hardware Startups are big at Consumer Electronics Show [LA Times]
  • Android dominates Apple at CES 2014 [Business Insider]
  • 5 trends we noticed at CES [Digital Trends]
  • CES 2014: Auto Tech Developers Getting Into the Fast Lane [Time Warner NY1]
  • CES 2014 proves that wearables are still a work in progress [TechCrunch]
  • The story of CES as told by Tweeted cries for help [Digiday]

Augmented Reality @ CES:

  • CES: Wearables break out all over the body [USA Today]
  • CES 2014: Best in Show [ZDNet]
  • Epson introduces new Moverio glasses with head-motion tracking and camera [engadget]
  • Metaio leads next-generation augmented reality on wearables at CES 2014 [blog]
  • Augmented Reality smart-glasses impress at CES 2014 [Mobile Marketing Watch]
  • Wearables with augmented reality are mind-blowing – and an ethical nightmare [CNET]
  • Metaio integrates 3-D augmented reality into Intel RealSense SDK [blog]

Upcoming Events

  • Back to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2014! Metaio will be in the App Planet once again- stay tuned for more!
  • South By Southwest Interactive 2014, Metaio’s Trak Lord will speak on a panel entitled “DIY Everything with In-Car Augmented Reality” [panel info]

Pick of CES: The AirDroid Pocket Drone

Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like. There’s still time to fund these guys on their Kickstarter page, but check out this video from the CES Expo floor.

Weekest Links November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013

Note from the editor: As much as I love puns and defunct British game shows, I’ll be renaming “Weekest Links” in the near future. 

LeVar Burton [Geordi!] on Google Glass: “It disturbed me.” [engadget

Metaio | Junaio Recap

  • Augmented Reality has changed the gaming universe [Augmented Reality Trends]
  • The Metaio Creator 3.0: A user’s experience [blog]
  • Xcope: Virtual & Augmented Reality Headset [Kickstarter]
  • Brendan Scully talks about how AR will revolutionalize maintenance and information transfer [video]

There are things that are happening

  • Smartphones + Smart Glasses: Augmented Reality to jump 333% by 2018 [VentureBeat]
  • Google Glass second-hand sales no longer disabled [SlashGear]
  • Six new technologies set to lift off in 2014 [StartupSmart]
  • Augmented Reality projection turns windshield into navigation screen [PSFK]
  • Google’s augmented reality game Ingress is coming to all Android owners next month [FastCompany]


  • Did you miss InsideAR 2013? Check out photos from the event and catch up on what you missed! [photos]
  • All the InsideAR presentations from Day 1 and Day 2 are available on Metaio’s YouTube page [youtube.com/metaioAR]

Pick of the week: Blow Up Traffic App

I’m sure some of you out there appreciate this. I’m looking at you, people who drive in Connecticut.

November 4, 2013: Weekest Links

November 4, 2013

Remember remember the fourth of November. 

I remember this from that one night in college.

Metaio | Junaio Recap

  • Augmented Reality: Ikea Catalogue and beyond [Econsultancy]
  • New Webinar: Learn all about the new features in the Metaio Creator 3.0 [video]
  • CastAR: A future in Augmented Reality and Videogames [blog]
  • InsideAR 2013: The Future of Wearable Computing [blog]
  • AR Dirt Podcast: InsideAR Recap [AR Dirt]

There are things that are happening

  • Google gesture patent would let Glass wearers “heart” real-world objects [engadget]
  • Virtual Reality: All you need to know about input devices for the bright new future of gaming [Gamasutra]
  • The rise of Augmented Reality in gaming [IQ Intel Blog]
  • Peering into the future of Augmented Reality Gaming [Gamasutra]


  • Trak Lord will present at this year’s Visual Media Alliance in San Francisco, “How to: Augment Reality into a Real Thing”, November 6 [event site]
  • Brendan Scully will participate in a panel on AR at the 7th GeoWeb Summit, November 7 in New York City [50% discount]
  • All the InsideAR presentations from Day 1 and Day 2 are available on Metaio’s YouTube page [youtube.com/metaioAR]

Pick of the week: Pixelstick – Light Painting Evolved

For those of you who don’t know about light painting, it’s basically twirling around gigantic light-saber type things to slow-capture large digital impressions on reality. Maybe not computer vision, but extremely creative and visually stimulating. Enjoy the video- more on their Kickstarter page.

Junaio Channel ‘Penguin Navi’ to present @ InsideAR 2013

September 15, 2013


Very happy to announce that the Penguin Navi channel has also won the best Junaio channel in the first ever Metaio International Developer Competition. As part of the grand prize, the developer will get to present this incredible award-winning augmented reality experience on stage at InsideAR 2013, Metaio’s annual AR conference.

It’s not too late to register- book your ticket today and don’t miss one minute of this exciting content!

Originally posted on junaio Blog:

Congratulations to the developers from HAKUHODO Tokyo/doAR, who created the Japanese augmented reality experience Penguin Navi, winning the Silver Medal at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity – one of the most prestigious marketing awards in the world. Our colleague Amanda Le was visiting Japan at the time of the release and told us that people were going crazy over the latest AR experience for the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo.

But let’s start from the beginning: For more than 35 years the Sunshine Aquarium has brought joy and entertainment to generations of families. But a huge metropolis like Tokyo is full of distractions, and it seems as though visitors to the city and even residents were having trouble finding the Aquarium.

Penguin Navi

The idea was to catch people’s attention and to show them how to get there. HAKUHODO Tokyo/doAR designed an augmented reality GPS system with Junaio featuring penguins that lead…

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Disney Research to Present AIREAL at InsideAR 2013

September 13, 2013

You want thingamabobs? We’ve got plenty

You may have already heard about Disney AIREAL haptics project  from the interview that Trak Lord of Metaio  did with Raj Sodhi of the Disney Research team on Bloggercamp.tv.

If not, it’s an incredibly ingenuous approach to adding haptic (re: touch) interfaces to virtual or immersive experiences.

And even more exciting, Raj Sodhi will now present the AIREAL project on stage at InsideAR 2013, October 10-11 in Munich.

These AIREAL devices (pictured above), patented and supported by Disney, are essentially a collection of 3-D printed parts and work a bit like amplifying speakers. The components create a vortex (kind of like a smoke ring, but just air) that gets forced out at variable rates, alerting the user and combining with a gesture-based, augmented reality or otherwise virtual experience.

The trick is to then incorporate and program these bursts of air into immersive experiences- like simulating the fluttering of wings, hitting a soccer ball, or falling water- for enhanced gaming or even augmented reality applications.

At one point Raj mentioned that the AIREAL team constructed devices that propelled vortices big enough and with enough force to knock over a full-grown adult. Compare that to the standard video-game controller “rumble pak” and imagine how that could impact gaming experiences down to the road.

Check out the video below for more, and don’t forget to register for the most exciting Augmented Reality conference in the world, InsideAR!

Weekest Links On The Road

August 5, 2013

I’m reasonably certain you could train a parrot to use Google Glass to consistently talk to itself. 

Newt is about to give that woman the bird.

New Gingrich goes to the Zoo with Google Glass [Newt Gingrich]

Metaio | Junaio Recap

  • IKEA Catalog Has Augmented Reality (Part II) [blog]
  • IKEA’s new AR App superimposes furniture into your empty room [Digital Trends]
  • Snipp powers newest issue of Student Talk Interactive [press release]
  • Elecnor-Deimos releases Argos AR & VR with Metaio SDK [blog]
  • National Bank of Kuwait gives 360 degree augmented reality yacht tour [Luxury Daily]
  • Only a short time remains to register for the Junaio developer competition! [blog]

Microsoft patents gaming augmented reality glasses

There are things that are happening

  • Augmented Reality: Microsoft Holography Patent [Wired: Beyond the Beyond]
  • Disney’s crazy invention lets you feel phantom floating objects in the air [Co.Design]
  • Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality market will reach $1.06 Billion by 2018 [press release]
  • Mercedes-Benz integrating Google Glass Into its cars [Fox News]
  • O.K., Glass: Confessions of a Google Explorer, by Gary Shteyngart [New Yorker]
  • The joy of glogging [Computerworld]
  • Google Glass Redesigned [Mashable]
  • SIGGRAPH 2013: 3-D Printing, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & 4k [Bright Side of News]
  • Towards a blended reality: Interview with Augmented Reality pioneer Thad Sterner [ZDNet]


  • WWWhat’s New offers 50% discount for InsideAR contest winners [wwwhatsnew]
  • Mobilbranch.de gives away five 50% vouchers for InsideAR to readers [mobilebranche.de]
  • Global Augmented Reality Summit, Shanghai, September 10-11 [Event]
  • ISMAR, Adelaide Australia, October 1-4 [Event]

Pick of the week: Disney AIREAL

Look at this phone / Isn’t it neat? 

Wouldn’t you think / my sensors complete? 

I would, except for the whole not-having-a-haptic-airgun issue.

Weekest Links July 1 – July 7

July 8, 2013

It’s like bro do you even weekest

Google Glass Fight Capture

Explorer records first fight using Google Glass in Jersey; no one is surprised, via CNET

Metaio | Junaio Recap

  • Enterprise to drive $2.5 Billion Augmented Reality Market, according to ABI Research [ZDNet]
  • Check out the new “Street Drum Corps” Las Vegas Junaio channel [website][blog]
  • Sappi “Print &” Highlights Augmented Reality for Print Media [blog]
  • Junaio channel “Penguin Navi” wins Silver at Cannes Lions Festival [blog]
  • Working for Metaio: Emily Wachelka [blog]

There are things that are happening

  • The first arrest filmed on Google Glass? [CNET]
  • Using Google Glass: A series of awkward encounters [Apple Insider]
  • Google Glass gives Tesla Owners a new remote control [PC Mag]

  • How Augmented Reality Ads could change everything [CNET]
  • Sony’s crazy “The Playroom” Playstation 4 demo comes pre-loaded on the system [engadget]
  • Ok Glass, Save a Life: The application of Google Glass in sudden cardiac death [Forbes]


  • 30 Events in Augmented Reality, but only one InsideAR [Mashable]
  • Check out Metaio at the 2013 SIGGRAPH conference at NVIDIA’s theater, July 23 [event]
  • Don’t miss Metaio at the 2013 ISMAR conference, Adelaide Australia, Oct 1-4 [event]
  • There’s no place like InsideAR, there’s no place like InsideAR, there’s no place like InsideAR [Oct 10-11]

Rick of the week: Playstation 4 “Playroom”

Every PS4 might not ship with the Playstation “Eye”, but the demo is preloaded. Could be interesting, but shouldn’t we be focusing on AR interfaces outside of the couch?



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