Metaio to Unveil First Hands-Free Car Manual on Google Glass, New 3-D Tracking Technology and optimized wearable augmented reality platform at InsideAR 2013

September 17, 2013
Munich & San Francisco, 17 September 2013: Metaio, world leader in augmented reality (AR) software and solutions, today announces the development of the first-ever hands-free, marker-less augmented automotive manual using Google Glass. Metaio will additionally update and optimize its core technology and leading augmented reality platform to accommodate the major wearable device providers like Epson, Google and Vuzix, all of which will be presented October 10-11 in Munich at Metaio’s annual technology conference, InsideAR:www.metaio.com/insideAR.

The hands-free interactive car manual prototype developed by Metaio will be the first time that augmented reality on wearable computing will be shown to be productive and commercially viable.Metaio R&D developed this new prototype as a proof-of-concept of the capabilities of its AR platform on wearable devices. A new type of 3-D tracking and recognition technology engineered by Metaio utilizes CAD models to recognize and overlay 3-D content onto the real world counterpart. Since no markers, GPS or point clouds are required, the stability of the augmented reality experience increases dramatically, while remaining almost immune to variable lighting, glare, position, and other environmental factors that tend to interfere with vision-based experiences.

Update Metaio AR-Platform

Metaio will update its leading augmented reality platform to include the incredible new tracking technology presented in the demo, in addition to adding support for major wearable computing devices, including Epson Moverio, Google Glass and Vuzix M-100. And looking toward a wearable ecosystem, Metaio will upgrade 3-D and 2-D visualization to include programmable shaders and other camera optimizations that will allow for more robust tracking and an overall more realistic user experience.

InsideAR attendees will get the chance to try the demo on Google Glass, along with many other wearable demos that feature hands-free augmented reality. Developers and non-developers alike can learn how they can use the Metaio AR platform to build next-generation wearable apps, with the Metaio SDK, Creator and Cloud services.

“We’re going beyond one-off passive viewing experiences,” says Metaio CTO Peter Meier. “Metaio is taking all the necessary steps to ensure an always on, always augmented future, and we’re beginning that journey in a big way at this year’s InsideAR in Munich.”

More images of the experience are available on our press page

To learn more and register for InsideAR, October 10-11 in Munich, please visitwww.metaio.com/insideAR

To learn more about augmented reality software and services by Metaio, please visit www.metaio.com

About Metaio

The worldwide leader in Augmented Reality (AR) research and technology, Metaio develops software products for visually interactive solutions between the real and the virtual world. Based on the Metaio Augmented Reality platform, digital and 3-D content can be integrated seamlessly into the user’s camera view looking upon the real world. Serving over 50.000 developers and powering over 1,000 apps for enterprise, marketing, retail, publishing and industrial cases, over 30 Million consumers use Metaio’s AR software. Learn more at www.metaio.com


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]

Events

  • 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 8 – July 14

July 15, 2013

Sharknado. 

Image courtesy of the entire internet.

Metaio | Junaio Recap

  • M2M, 3-D Printing & Augmented Reality: High-Tech Sectors with Room to Grow [SeekingAlpha]
  • Augmented Reality and the move to large-scale [MediaPost]
  • Only a few short weeks to sign for the Metaio International Developer Competition- sign up today for a chance to win a free trip to Munich for InsideAR! [contest site]

There are things that are happening

  • With $16M in funding, Movidius will make chips to vastly improve on visual devices [VentureBeat]
  • How Google Glass can evolve as a tool for journalists [The Next Web]
  • GlassBattle puts Battleship on your face with Google Glass [engadget]
  • Google Glass + the Bee Gees might one day save lives [GigaOM]
  • NVIDIA Brought Murder & Mayhem in 3-D, Now It’s Taking Over Your Car [Forbes]
  • Augmented Reality makes getting Valpak savings virtual, ineractive [Press Release]

Events

  • 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: Sharknado

Did you really expect this not to show up here?


AWEsome Weekest Links

June 11, 2013

See what I did there? 

Thomas Alt, CEO of Metaio at AWE 2013

CEO Thomas Alt talks to AWE TV about the updates to Metaio’s Augmented Reality Platform [video]

News from the 2013 Augmented World Expo

  • Metaio & Vuzix to showcase AR-Ready Smart Glasses at the 2013 Augmented World Expo [press release]
  • Metaio announces 50,000 developers, updates to products and international developer contest [press release]
  • Trak Lord talks to AWE TV about the AR engine and the future of the industry [video]
  • Brendan Scully talks about enterprise augmented reality to AWE TV [video]
  • Check out photos of the Metaio booth in the Major Sponsors Pavilion at AWE [photos]

We threw a party!

For the first time ever, Metaio hosted an InsideAR event in the US, and with over 200 registrations it was a smashing success! Attendees witnessed the latest in augmented reality demos, and were treated to presentations by co-founders Thomas Alt and Peter Meier. And not forgetting that it was a beautiful summer evening in Santa Clara, everyone got a chance to enjoy the night with refreshments, colleagues and friends.

We collected some great photos from the event for everyone to enjoy- check them out on our Facebook page! [photos]

If you missed it, here are the slides from Thomas & Peter’s presentation [slides]

In lieu of a “pick of the week”, here’s a video of the Metaio team jumping in the pool after everyone left.

The pool was just sitting there- begging us to celebrate. Click the photo for the link to the video :)



Weekest Links 5/5 – 5/13

May 13, 2013

There’s…something on the…week! 

clandestine anomaly capture

Back “Clandestine Anomaly” on Kickstarter

We always like to highlight incredible work built on our software, which is why we’re thrilled to tell you about this awesome project from Winnipeg-based Zenfri, “Clandestine Anomaly”. This will be the first mobile game that utilizes vision-based augmented reality, GPS, and actual real-world elements. Check out their video on Kickstarter and help support the launch of this amazing augmented reality game!

Metaio | Junaio

  • Seeing things differently: are brands missing the boat with Augmented Reality? [The Drum]
  • Developer Sander Veenhof merges 3-D printing with Augmented Reality in the Ultimarker [blog]
  • Ever play Jenga? Ever play Jenga….on Augmented Reality? [JengAR video]
  • Cronovizor: The AR Time Viewing Machine (powered by Junaio) [video]
  • Nimlok utilizes Metaio software to visualize custom exhibits in 3-D [whitepaper]
  • Toshiba & Concepteers Augment Living Rooms [blog]
  • re:publica 2013: Europe’s biggest digital conference [blog]
  • Working for Metaio: Alexander Oser [blog]
  • In the hotseat: Augmented Reality user experience design Q&A [NGRAIN blog]
  • Augmented Reality in education [blog]

There are things that are happening

  • APX Labs mods Epson Moverio BT-100, adds camera mic and motion sensors for improved AR [Endgadget]
  • Google Glass: this isn’t and never will be a consumer device [VentureBeat]
  • Yahoo experimenting with Google Glass, says CEO Mayer [CNET]
  • Google Glass Augmented Reality Apps are a possibility [Ubergizmo]

Events

Registration is open for the Augmented World Expo, June 4-5 (formerly ARE). Use code AWE3META to get a special discount, courtesy of Metaio. Come see Metaio deliver unmatched insight on the industry along with the latest and greatest of AR demos, including the brand-new AREngine! [registration]

Meet Metaio at the Augmented Reality Summit, June 20th in London [event site]

Interested in speaking, sponsoring or attending InsideAR, the most exciting event in the augmented reality industry? Contact us! [event site]

Pick of the week: Oculus VR used to simulate death by guillotine

Just a little off the top. S’il vous plaît.


Weekest Links 4/29 – 5/4

May 6, 2013

We live in an augmented world.

Metaio is very happy to announce the start of the Metaio International Augmented Reality Developer Contests, with 4 separate categories open for competition. Design incredible content; launch the best AR Game yet; build an app that solves a real-world problem; or try your hand at Junaio and publish the most “popular” channel.

Grand prize is a trip to Munich this fall for the annual InsideAR augmented reality conference where you will present your entry to some of the world’s most renowned technology visionaries and professionals. Good luck, and submit your intent to compete today!

http://dev.metaio.com/contests

There are things that are happening

Events

Registration is open for the Augmented World Expo, June 4-5 (formerly ARE). Use code AWE3META to get a special discount, courtesy of Metaio. Come see Metaio deliver unmatched insight on the industry along with the latest and greatest of AR demos, including the brand-new AREngine! [registration]

Meet Metaio at the Augmented Reality Summit, June 20th in London [event site]

Interested in speaking, sponsoring or attending InsideAR, the most exciting event in the augmented reality industry? Contact us! [event site]

Pick of the week: “White Men Wearing Google Glass” Tumblr.

I’m not entirely sure what this really says about the future of wearable computing, but it’s certainly a talking point. It also highly amusing to see techworld celebrities like Pete Cashmore (below) and Joshua Topolsky sporting the famous glasses in glamour-shot-like glory. I can’t decide whether we’re going to look back on these with awe or ridicule. Think Game Boy vs. 80′s cellphone. Mix in that it’s turning into a fashion statement and there’s a high probability it will be the latter. I’m hoping for the best.

http://whitemenwearinggoogleglass.tumblr.com/


Weekest Links 4/22 – 4/28

April 30, 2013

AR you going to San Francisco?

Metaio’s Matthias Greiner gets excited about AR at FMX 2013

Metaio | Junaio recap

  • Taking the temperature of European Technology [Financial News]
  • Avangate accelerates cloud commerce across any channel [press release]
  • Vuzix’s Augmetned Reality glasses feature all-digital design [press release]
  • Metaio is hiring for Munich, San Francisco, and now Dallas! [jobs]

There are things that are happening

  • In Google’s Ingress augmented reality game, a ceasefire at MIT and a memorial to slain police office Sean Collier [Boston.com]
  • Smart Glasses will fail without Augmented Reality [Information Age]
  • Sci-Fi greats take a whack at Google Glass [Bruce Sterling] [William Gibson]
  • Google Glass could spur wearable tech boom [Washington Post]
  • Epson talks taking on Google Glass with MOVERIO BT-100 display glasses [Slashgear]
  • A Google Glass rival emerges from an upstart in Japan [GigaOM]
  • Google Earth integrates Leap Motion controllers [Wired: Beyond the Beyond]
  • Google Glass for everybody a year-ish away [CNET]
  • Google patent deals with Virtual Reality GPS Navigation [engadget]

Webinars

Upcoming webinar: Advanced Session for Metaio SDK – Unity

Ready for a deep-dive into developing incredible Augmented Reality experiences with the Metaio SDK while working in a Unity environment? Don’t miss this week’s development webinar.
[Sign Up!]

Events

Registration is open for the Augmented World Expo, June 4-5 (formerly ARE). Use code AWE3META to get a special discount, courtesy of Metaio. Come see Metaio deliver unmatched insight on the industry along with the latest and greatest of AR demos, including the brand-new AREngine! [registration]

Meet Metaio at the Augmented Reality Summit, June 20th in London [event site]

Interested in speaking, sponsoring or attending InsideAR, the most exciting event in the augmented reality industry? Contact us! [event site]

Pick of the week: the future of wearable technology | PBS off book

Interesting short film on the future of things like Google Glass, brought to you by some of the foremost scientists and engineers.


Weekest Links 4/15/13 – 4/21/13

April 22, 2013

Everybody’s working for the weekest. 

Metaio opens Dallas office to ramp augmented reality hardware research

Metaio opens office in Dallas, TX to ramp augmented reality hardware R&D [press release]

Metaio | Junaio recap

  • Metaio predicts augmented reality chips in devices by end of 2013 [GigaOM]
  • Junaio transforms China Cultural Monthly [blog]
  • Check out Metaio’s all-new industrial augmented reality solutions and software page [website]
  • New report names Metaio as “top firm to watch for AR” [report]
  • Metaio is hiring for Munich, San Francisco, and now Dallas! [careers]

There are things that are happening

  • A settlement between Google and the European Union takes shape [The Economist]
  • Augmented Reality: Google Glass Contractual Restrictions [Wired]
  • Editor’s Letter: Google Glass Gone Wild [Endgadget]
  • New Augmented Reality system developed by Fujitsu Labs [QRCodePress]
  • 8 Best Augmented Reality headsets in the world [TechRadar]
  • The Not-s0-hidden agenda behind Google Gladd [SeekingAlpha]

Webinars


Upcoming webinar: Fundamentals of Metaio SDK- Unity Plugin [Sign Up!]

Events

Registration is open for the Augmented World Expo, June 4-5 (formerly ARE). Use code AWE3META to get a special discount, courtesy of Metaio [registration]

Meet Metaio at the Augmented Reality Summit, June 20th in London [event site]

Interested in speaking, sponsoring or attending InsideAR, the most exciting event in the augmented reality industry? Contact us! [event site]

Pick of the week: Oblivion

You’ve probably already seen the trailer, but we’re just tickled to see yet another Tom Cruise movie that features egregious exposure of CGI Augmented Reality.


Weekest Links 4/08/13 – 4/14/13

April 15, 2013

I don’t want to Week, I just want to bang on the drum all day.

PS Vita Invizimals Augmented Reality

Sony announces Invizimals will ship with Augmented Reality on the PS Vita

Metaio | Junaio recap

  • Pixories brings your memories alive [blog]
  • Start your coin collection with Junaio [blog]
  • Metaio is hiring all over the place- check out our available positions on our website [careers]
  • Metaio’s interns love their experiences- check out this testimony [blog]

There are things that are happening

  • Augmented Reality Poised to Disrupt an Extremely Competitive Chip Sector [Seeking Alpha]
  • Would you let China Augment Your Reality? [Washington Post]
  • Caterina Fake’s Augmented Reality: Content before Gizmos [Forbes]
  • Why the sudden rush to bring Google Glass to market? [Forbes]
  • Will Augmented Reality drive Apple Stock? [Daily Finance]
  • Vuzix leads the drive for Augmented Reality standards and compelling content [press release]

Webinars

Upcoming webinar: Advanced Session for the Metaio SDK – Android [Sign Up!]

Events

InsideAR, the most exciting augmented reality event in the world, will be October 10-11 this year. Not familiar? Check out some photos from last year!  [event site]

Ever wonder what Metaio gets up to On The Road? [photo album]

Registration is open for the Augmented World Expo, June 4-5 (formerly ARE). Get in with Early Bird discounts before it’s too late! [registration] (If you read this after April 9, use code AWE3META to get a special discount)

Want to meet Metaio? Make sure to check out our Events page as we update it through the year [events site]

Pick of the week: the internet of 1995

Recorded nearly 10 years ago, right here in San Francisco. Fascinating as it is cringe-worthy.


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