Articles Archive for March 2010
Augmented reality is here, but what services will we be using in the next 10+ years, how will augmented reality change our lives?
Imagine the future where augmented reality interacts with your surroundings to give you contextual information and services. Think about multiplayer games were you are able to compete with players in different countries or even personal navigation systems that will help find you way anywhere.
We take a look at the future.
It’s is nice simple game where you balance the egg for as long as possible by holding the marker in front of your webcam and prevent the egg from rolling off the board for the required time.
Total Immersion, the people behind great demos such as Avatar, Coke, Citroen + many more had a great spot on the Sky News Technology Unplugged program.
Take a look at Myles Pelton from Total Immersion in action.
Augmented Planet are back in London for another demo filled night. If you want to see cool augmented reality demos and meet people in the industry then book your free place now.
Whenever we think about augmented reality we think about applications. Bet it mobile applications that give you rich location aware information on your surroundings, or interacting with your web cam with a marker.
I never really considered augmented reality art until Patrick Millard sent over some photos that merge the real world with virtual and augmented realities.
Today Peer Internet Solutions launched mixare, (mix Augmented Reality Engine). This is an open source augmented reality browser for Android and the possibilities seem, (almost) endless!
This week, AutoTrader have enhanced their iPhone application by adding augmented reality and allowing users to search for cars for sale in their local area, similar to ones that they snap with their iPhones camera.
The new Junaio browser has the ability to recognise markers, so at SXSW delegates had the opportunity to take part in a scavenger hunt at the show. This involved installing Junaio and then hunting down people in the special tee-shirts that have markers or finding carefully hidden markers around the event.
Augmented Reality Event (ARE) in June is looking like being one of the top events for anyone connected with augmented reality.
The event takes place on the 2nd and 3rd of June and will be held in Santa Clara (California), the tracks list look impressive and will appeal to you whether you are in, Business, Production or Development so it should be well worth the travel even if you are the wrong side of the Atlantic.
I ran an interesting workshop at Mobile World Congress for people interested in augmented reality. The topic, should I build a plug-in for another application or write my own application came up along with how do I make money? So what are the pros and cons of each and is there a 3rd better way?
Recently Nokia launched Ovi Maps Racing for Nokia Symbian^1 handsets. The idea behind the game is that you use your current location to create a track around where you are using Ovi Maps, and then you can race around, trying to set the fastest lap times.
To a surprising lack of any kind of Metaio inspired fanfare, Junaio 2.0 arrived in the iPhone store (Android version coming soon). The new version of Junaio is a huge upgrade over the previous version, Junaio is now a full augmented reality browser, as well as creating 3D content you are now able to find your nearest restaurant, nearby tweets etc. Junaio 2.0 also has augmented reality marker recognition functionality. It’s all great stuff but the silence is deafening, we just cant help but wonder if 2.0 slipped out as an accident.
Could augmented reality dating be the next big thing? Street Spark have created an augmented reality application for the iPhone that allows you to findpotential love matches around you, view their profile and send them chat messages. Looking for love, why not give it a go?
Layar was pulled from the appstore a month or so back but makes it’s return with version 3.0. An update with new 3D layers. Has it been worth the wait? Layar fans may want to skip today’s blog and get themselves a cup of coffee.