InsideAR Speaker Spotlight: Carl Byers of NGRAIN

October 23, 2014

InsideAR Munich 2014

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

For our fourteenth edition of the InsideAR Speaker Spotlight, we are happy to introduce Carl Byers, Chief Strategy Officer of NGRAIN. Carl has been working with virtual and augmented technology since 1986. At NGRAIN he focuses on business innovation and expansion through integrated product development, market diversification, and collaborative partnership and advocacy strategies.

Meet Carl Byers of NGRAIN!

Meet Carl Byers of NGRAIN!

What are you going to present at InsideAR 2014?

Carl Byers: I will presenting on the topic: NGRAIN 3DAR – The Visual Language of the Industrial Internet of Things.

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

CBI had the pleasure and privilege to attend and speak at insideAR in Munich in 2013 and others from our organization participated in insideAR Japan earlier this year. We were all impressed by the caliber of attendees and talks. In particular, the real-world insights and applications that are driving this market forward were extremely interesting. The blend of consumer and industrial presentations was also valuable as we continuously look for cross-over opportunities and implementation lessons. 

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

CBTwo of the biggest upcoming challenges in AR will be discovery and compatibility/interoperability. As more AR experiences are developed and deployed for both consumer and industrial applications, the ability to automatically find or know that an AR experience is available near you or for a piece of equipment you are working on, regardless of the browser or player that you are using, will become critical. If we are not able to get to this point, the true utility of AR will not be achieved and we will end up with more and more fragmented experiences that we will never be aware of.

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

CBMy personal vision of AR is on always on personal assistant that will help, notify and guide me in the decisions that need to be made. Integrating the vast amount of information around us and in our businesses, and giving only the information to me that I need, when I need it, using various forms of augmentations applicable to the environment I’m in or the job I’m doing. This is my personal vision and the vision of the future that NGRAIN is building for industrial environments.

Carl’s presentation will cover the NGRAIN 3DAR platform as a “visual language” that connects together sensory data. He’ll also go over how the NGRAIN 3DAR platform provides contextual AR information, so that any field can access data where they need it, when they need it, and how they need it.

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.


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.

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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 August

August 18, 2014

GET TO THE CHOPP-AR!

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Baaahhh, I’m a moose (Image Courtesy of Digital Signage Today)

 

Metaio | Junaio Recap

ISMAR 2914 Comes to Munich! [Augmented Blog]

Junaio – Now Available For A Moverio BT-200 Near You [Junaio Blog]

Metaio Launches Junaio Augmented Reality Browser for Epson Moverio BT-200 Data Glasses [Telepresence Options]

Augmented Reality News

Mini Babybel launches Halloween gaming app [Talking Retail]

Himax Technologies, Inc. and Lumus, Inc. Announce Collaboration to Develop Next-Generation Smart Glasses [CNN Money]

Is Kobe Bryant’s Projection-Augmented Court the Future of Basketball? [Motherboard]

A display of amazing power [SaskNews]

ImmersiON-VRelia Launches Virtual Reality Commercial Entertainment Division [Broadway World]

Augmented reality motorcycle helmet now available to buy from Skully [Mobile Commerce News]

To Receive Your Message, This App Makes You Travel to a Real Location [Mashable]

This is what Microsoft’s augmented reality glass could look like: Google Glass killer? [Tech Times]

Augmented reality a hit with outdoor advertisers [ProPrint]

Augmented reality digital signage brings the Serengeti to the streets of Hong Kong [Digital Signage Today]

VividWorks Featured in Gartner’s Augmented Reality Vendor Market Guide [Broadway World]

European Wearable Technology Market – Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019 [Market Watch]

Office Depot Integrates BTS Promos Via Augmented Reality, Mobile, And Social [Retail Solutions Online]

UC reopens remediated and renamed Registry building [Scoop]

zSpace and NGRAIN Partner to Develop Virtual Reality DICOM Viewer for Immersive Medical Visualization [Digital Journal]

Augmented reality tech aimed at keeping soldiers safe [WNCN]

This is Samsung’s VR headset [The Verge]

Epson Announces Moverio Developer Program and App Market at SIGGRAPH 2014 [Broadway World]

IT Employee Confidence in Construction [ConstrucTech]

Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision [CoEXIST]

The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road [TechCrunch]

Tamiko Thiel: Excited New Digital Artwork Augmented Reality At The Shard [Artlyst]

Augmented and Virtual Reality Market Estimated to Be Worth $1.06 Billion by 2018 [Virtual Strategy]

Is Reality Ready For Augmentation [Torque]

What These Banks Learned About Wearable Devices, Augmented Reality [American Banker]

Upcoming Events

Vote for the HoloGramma: How Tech Can ‘Bring Back Our Departed SXSW Interactive 2015 Panel, featuring Peter Meier! [Vote Here]

InsideAR Beijing, September 5th [Register Here]

InsideAR Munich, October 29, 30 [Register Here]

Webinar – Designing for Augmented Reality Applications [Register Here]

Pick of the Week

There is some amazing face tracking technology out there, and a few days ago this video was posted using real-time face tracking and projections to portray “living makeup.” The project features some incredibly robust tracking and animations. Check out the video below and read more about it on Slash Gear and The Verge.


InsideAR Tokyo 2014: From Wearable 3-D Sensors to turning the world into a TouchScreen

July 24, 2014

InsideAR Tokyo – the 2nd edition – is over and has been a huge success for us. We thank all participants and partners from Cybernet, Intel, Canon, Epson, Fujitsu, Erba Holdings and Vuzix! This year we invited a diverse group of exhibitors, which we believe are of high interest for Japanese customers.
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Over 300 guests from 192 companies joined us to be in the center of AR innovations; we saw huge interest from a very diverse groups of participants – from  3D designers to app developers to  large players who have been  developing their own AR algorithms for over a decade now and looking into utilizing AR for high-accuracy industrial applications. Most importantly, the Gurus of AR and MR joined us on stage to share their knowledge, their success stories and collaboratively discuss the path of AR development for the upcoming year.

2nd edition rocked: InsideAR Tokyo tripled its attendees

InsideAR has a format of an open conference and everyone is invited to present their vision on the technology and exhibit their innovations. We hope you enjoyed the live demonstrations, workshops, and were -most importantly-  inspired by the speeches from the leaders of the industry: Prof. Kato, Canon, Intel, Epson, Fujitsu, Erba Holdings, Vuzix, and many more who contributed to making this conference bigger than last year: we are proud of tripling the number of attendees and doubling the amount of speakers.

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Best feedback from our guests in the visitor’s survey!

 

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Wearable 3D Sensors are the most driving innovation in the AR field, today. Augmented Reality on Head-Mounted-Displays was one of the main topics on the agenda. It was, represented by renowned manufacturers, such as Epson (who teamed up with Mitsubishi to demonstrate the AR Maintenance scenario on the Aircon unit) and Vuzix, but also by the new players in the field, as Brillianservice (Mirama Glass with gesture control) and Westunitis (ultralight inforod glass aimed for industrial tasks). Metaio also showcased scenarios on Google Glass.
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R&D insights

Turning the whole world into a touchscreen could be realized by a visionary approach from Metaio’s R&D Labs. The Thermal Touch is a patented future method of triggering AR on a selected object. RGB sensors combined with an infrared camera help to register a person’s heat signature on any surface and then combine it with Metaio’s AR software.

However, it was not all about wearables. From Intel, Canon, Fujitsu and NGrain we received insights on Industrial AR approaches used today, and were excited by all the possibilities.

The workshop presentations are available to download on our website.

 


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And what says the team?

Here is some feedback from our team members who helped organise the conference this year:

Dr. Irina Gusakova, Senior Product Sales Manager:

“We were very pleased to see so many new corporations joining us for InsideAR Tokyo this year – united in our goal to make the Japanese AR segment bigger and better. Metaio has a very strong relationship with its Eco-system in Japan, as it has always been one of the top markets for our company, and we like to believe that our customers would say the same about Metaio. Japan became a new home for Junaio, a broad circle of local developers here brought to life some of the most successful campaigns, such as Penguin Navi or Starbucks. This is a very positive sign for us, it means we are doing a good job, and are appreciated by both our developers and users.

We received very positive feedback around the conference and the current trend makes us believe that 2015 we will meet you all again in Tokyo!”

Matthias Greiner, Senior Business Development Manager Junaio:

“It was a great experience to visit Tokyo and insideAR 2014  this year. Being in one of the most exciting cities in the world, having interesting discussions with AR specialists from all over Asia, getting in touch with impressive technology demos and, of course, the delicious Japanese food has made insideAR 2014 a great happening. Japan is one of the most interesting and fastest growing AR markets today. It was amazing to talk to local developers and technology providers and having the chance to learn about their current and future AR projects.”

Thomas Berton,Software Engineer

“InsideAR Tokyo 2014 was,in my opinion,. a very successful event. This was made possible Not only because we had great speakers but also because our  guests  were very interested in the technology. We can definitely see that wearables are one of the next generation of devices that are promoting Augmented Reality. I was personally impressed by the number of wearables that are now available on the market, all of them having their own special customization. Amazing!”

Sudhanshu Kapoor, Business Development Manager OEMs:

“When they first told me that I was going to be on a plane to Tokyo next week, I was the happiest person on the planet. It has always been a dream of mine to go to Japan – I not only wanted to witness the Japanese hi-tech world but also wanted to present my hi-tech solutions to them. Fortunately,  “insideAR Tokyo 2014”  was a great success- we got such a great and warm response from the visitors. It was a busy and exciting time I had no time to even take a coffee break OR click a few pictures. I was asked so many sincerely technical questions from our Japanese visitors, that not only showed their affection towards Augmented Reality, but also the growing awareness of it among developers, and hi-tech enthusiasts.

As I drive Metaio´s hardware IP division – primarily promoting and licensing our AREngine to  chipset OEMs-  it was very impressive to see that the visitors really acknowledged such need of having HW acceleration to enable “Always ON, Always Augmented” scenarios. All in all, it was a great trip to Japan – InsideAR, Japanese hospitality, amazing vegetarian food, well managed transport, respect towards rules, their culture, warmness,…. and what not. Looking forward to being there again for much longer time now!”

We are happy that all our guests made it an unforgettable event! See you in Japan next year for the 3rd edition of InsideAR Tokyo! 

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A guestpost by Dr. Irina Gusakova


Weekest Links, Solstice Edition

June 24, 2013

*Translated from Japanese.

Augmented Penguins with Junaio

It seems AR navigation app that penguins us to guide to Sunshine Aquarium. I want to use!* [article]

Metaio | Junaio Recap

  • Metaio wants to bring Augmented Reality everywhere [Mashable]
  • Trak Lord discusses the impact of AR on everyday life in this short documentary on the Augmented Reality industry [video]
  • What’s up with Metaio? [Wired - Beyond the Beyond]
  • Augmented Reality as a maintenance and service tool for BOSCH [Junaio blog]
  • Augmented Reality made easier with the Metaio Creator [Moosylvania]

Events

  • If you’re in San Francisco this week, don’t miss Metaio at the 2013 Mobile Commerce World [event]
  • Check out Metaio at the 2013 SIGGRAPH conference at NVIDIA’s theater, July 23 [event]
  • There’s no place like InsideAR, there’s no place like InsideAR, there’s no place like InsideAR [Oct 10-11]

More AWE 2013 stuff

  • Metaio CTO Peter Meier presents on the AREngine and the importance of form factors [video]
  • Director of Metaio R&D Ben Blachnitzky talks about the Metaio SDK at AWE 2013 [video]
  • Jacob Ervin of Metaio discusses proper content management at AWE 2013 [video]
  • Live demo of Clandestine Anomaly, an amazing augmented reality game from Zenfri built on the Metaio SDK and Unity [video]
  • Founder of Zenfri, Corey King’s presentation at the 2013 Augmented World Expo [video]
  • Gabe Weiss of Mitsubishi Electric presents the most outstanding enterprise application of AR, powered by Metaio [video]
  • Naomi Kawase of NGRAIN showcases their 3-D industrial visualization solution, powered by Metaio tracking & recognition [video]

There are things that are happening

  • In the shadow of Google Glass, an Augmented Reality industry revs its engines [The Verge]
  • Could Google Glass be the next iPhone? [CNET]

Pick of the week: Infinity AR Concept Video

Remember that creepy dystopian-future-of-augmented-reality video, Sight? This is like that, but through rose-colored glasses.

Congrats to Helen and her team on the 1.5M views. 


In the hotseat: augmented reality user experience designer Q&A

May 10, 2013

Great to see companies like NGRAIN utilizing the Metaio SDK for complex industrial augmented reality experiences. Like Metaio, NGRAIN will be showcasing their projects at this year’s Augmented World Expo. If you plan on attending, use code AWE3META at registration to receive a 200.00 discount courtesy of Metaio.

If you’d like to learn more about industrial augmented reality solutions from Metaio, please visit http://metaio.com/products/engineer


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