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19th
DEC

Mosimo Camera – What If Camera

Posted by augmentedplanet under General

Android owners have a super cool application call Mosimo Camera on the horizon. Mosimo Camera developed by Japanese start-up AITIA enables the user to add computer generated effects to the video/camera window.

Effects can be themed, eg snow, music or birthdays and applied to the video feed. The application also has sophisticated facial tracking functionality to overlay video effects in the correct places.

Mosimo Camera

Unfortunately the application isn’t available just yet as there is an API restriction that prevents developers from adding real-time animated effects to videos. (According to MobileCrunch)

19th

Augmented Reality at the Science Museum

Posted by augmentedplanet under General

GR/DD has developed an innovative interactive augmented reality exhibit for the London Science Museum to enable visitors to understand the science behind climate change.  The exhibit located in the science gallery present the visitor with a way in which they can manipulate a scene to alter the amount of carbon that was being released into the atmosphere. By placing a series of augmented reality markers on a special board which represents an island, visitors can add cement factories, farms, roads and other objects. The markers the user added are read by the camera which then enables the interactive to accurately place digital versions onto the on-screen island, complete with animation, sound and further science information. Visitors can add as many or as little objects as they like to their island and move them around at any time to customize it to their hearts content. Through augmented reality users are able to see the effects that each of the markers has on the island.

In addition to the main exhibit, two other interactive exhibits have been created by GR/DD. These include ‘Past Climate Change’ a time travelling journey exploring the different eras of Earth’s life, and ‘Greenhouse Effect’, a fun arcade style game that demonstrates how the greenhouse effect works.

19th

ARTags for Android

Posted by augmentedplanet under General

Over the last year we have seen a few augmented reality and art mash-ups hit the iPhone. TagDis, ARStreets to name a few. So it’s good that the Android has now got its own flagship app in the form of the new ARTags and the jump on iPhone users.

ARTags is a drawing application for the Android platform that provides the user with a number of drawing tools that can be used to create works of art and then left in cyberspace. Artwork is geo-coded with the creators current location and then viewable in an augmented reality browser. Where ARTags differs from other similar applications is they haven’t tried to reinvent the wheel by developing their own augmented reality browser engine. Instead they focus on the drawing tools, once artwork has been created and submitted they are viewable with either Layar, junaio or Wikitude. ARTags artwork is viewable with any of these browsers so it one of the first cross-browser products that I am aware of.

ARTags is currently only available for the Android, iPhone users for the time being will have to be content with viewing the art.

If you enjoy creating art and want to share your masterpieces with others then ARTags is definitely worth a look.

ARTags in action

Get it here.

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19th

Fight against domestic violence with AR

Posted by augmentedplanet under General

It’s good to see augmented reality being used for social change as well as selling products.

The latest campaign to use the junaio browser is from the German agency brand.david who have launched a campaign to bring the subject of domestic violence to light

The campaign reflects the two parallel words that the victims live in and is designed to shock and reduce victim hostile prejudices.

A video of the campaign can be found here:

19th

Machine Infers Persons Interest From His Eye Movement

Posted by augmentedplanet under General

For those of you that are eager to get your hands on augmented reality glasses and see what the future holds for facial recognition. Here is an interesting announcement from Aalto University with a rather neat video showing the system in action.

A method developed in Aalto University retrieves information to data glasses about people and objects a person is looking at. Equipment including an eye tracker implements machine learning methods and infers from context and gaze direction what the viewer may be interested in, to learn more about. Following that the machine displays additional information on viewer’s data glasses. For instance, a researcher may learn about scientific results of a researcher passing by and singles may see on their data glasses the relationship status of a person they meet. By following the eye-movement the machine also infers when additional information should be displayed.

In the test versions of the augmented reality (AR) method displayed information is retrieved from a database with information keyed in beforehand. However, the method can also be set to retrieve information from internet and social media. In this case searches – using Google among others -- can be made by looking through the data glasses only.

The equipment recognizes persons looked at. It requires that images of the persons to be recognized have been inserted into database earlier. At the moment, it is not possible to identify totally unknown persons.

Our basic research on machine learning methods has made it possible to create new advanced user interfaces in which the machine infers without direct human commands what the viewer is interested in, tells professor Samuel Kaski from Aalto University.

As a result of our research we have created a prototype that has been successfully tested in laboratories. However, there is still a way to go before this can be commercialized, reminds researcher Jorma Laaksonen from Aalto University.

Study about the new machine learning methods is to be published in the Virtual Reality journal. The research results have been reached with funding from private companies and organizations to Aalto University’s MIDE research programme.

Information about the research consortium:
http://mide.tkk.fi/en/UI-ART

Preprint version of the article to be published in Virtual Reality:
http://research.ics.tkk.fi/mi/papers/vire10.pdf

System in action

19th

Tissot AR Watches Mark II

Posted by augmentedplanet under General

Early last year we were lucky enough to have Holition, a leading provider of online interactive marketing and retail solutions at an Augmented Planet event in London. At the event Holition showed off their augmented reality campaign developed for Tissot that enabled users to try on high value wrist watches.

The campaign was being run in conjunction with Selfridges where passers by could try on their very own Tissot watch courtesy of a marker, webcam and the magic of augmented reality.

Tissot were so happy with the results that they have now extended the application to support a range of ladies watches. If you missed the campaign the first time around, or want to see some of the new range then take a look at www.tissot.ch/reality The watches are very impressively detailed.

Tissot campaign in action

19th

mTrip AR Travel Guides Now For Android

Posted by augmentedplanet under General

I know many of you are Android users and you feel neglected when I mention the iPhone all the time. So with great pleasure I can tell you that the mTrip augmented reality travel guides are now available for Android devices.

mTrip is an augmented reality browser specifically developed with tourism in mind. It is without doubt the most compressive travel guide out there and regardless of your views on augmented reality, an essential application for the traveller.

Not only does mTrip enable you to navigate and find useful things in a city, the application downloads all the POIs to your phone and thereby eliminates all the roaming fees associated with travelling.

Like with the iPhone (sorry) the application sports an augmented reality view that enables you to see POIs in the camera window. Perfect for trying to identify those famous landmarks.

Features include:

  • Automated Trip Planning -- Create your personalized travel itinerary with mTrip’s exclusive technology.
  • Navigation & Augmented Reality -- Get directions and view the city through augmented reality
  • Get expert content with ratings updated daily on your Android, iPhone or iPod Touch
  • Trip Sharing -- Share postcards with family and friends on Facebook & email

mTrip in action


mTrip is available for the following cities

Europe

  • Amsterdam
  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • Dublin
  • Istanbul
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Vienna

North America

  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Washington DC

Asia

  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
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17th
DEC

Word Lens – Augmented Reality Translation

Posted by augmentedplanet under iphone

When I first got interested in augmented reality some 18 months ago, one of the first demos I saw was a translation application running on a Symbian device.

The demo was a Youtube video of a traveller holding up their Nokia phone to a street sign in Japan. Instantly the Japanese text was translated into English and displayed in the camera window. I lost the demo but always found the idea of using augmented reality for translation fascinating.

There have been other augmented reality translation mash-ups since then, all of which required you to take a picture of the text, highlight the text area and then press submit. To be honest very few of these have worked well. I used to do live translation demos at augmented reality events that I spoke at, but most of the time they would fail with even simple three or four word sentences. Either the light wasn’t just right or it just completely messed up a word.

With access to the camera feed, reading the text and doing a live translation on the fly without forcing the user to take a photo is obviously a much more compelling solution. Enter Word Lens from Quest Visual for the iPhone.

Word Lens is a new augmented reality translation application reads text visible in the camera window, translates it, and then overlays the original text with the translation. Better yet the dictionaries are downloaded to the phone so you don’t incur expensive roaming charges while abroad.  Word Lens currently supports Spanish & English and the languages are available as in-app purchases. (normal price $8.99 but currently on 50% discount for $4.99 until 31st December).
Even if translation is not your thing, the app is free and it comes with a demo mode that enables you to reverse or blank out words. Perfect for those drunken look what my phone can do moments over Christmas.

Take a look at the video below, is this not the future of translation?

Get it here:

15th
DEC

The New Yell AR Browser

Posted by augmentedplanet under iphone

Yell is one of the most popular yellow page business directories in the UK. The iPhone application enables users to find everything from restaurants to pubs to florists and everything in between.

A year ago we reviewed the application fully when Yell first added augmented reality functionality to the client. If you have used an augmented reality browser before you’ll know sometimes that it can be difficult to select POIs when they are hidden behind each other. Yell solved this problem with one of my favourite features, a rather nifty targeting recital that gave a visual indication on what you were looking at.

The new version of Yell bears no resemblance to its predecessor and has been completely revamped. One of the big differences you’ll notice with the augmented reality view in the new version is the addition of an onscreen map. This rather handy feature saves switching between the AR view and the map view to get your bearings. AR is great for figuring out what is around you and the general direction but it’s not useful for navigating and homing in on the target.

While the map is a welcome addition and very useful, it does feel like it was developed independently. For example, the POIs shown on the map are identified by numbers but the POIs shown in the AR window are identified by name only. Additionally the map is not zoomable so while the map can show 3 POIs the AR window may have 20 or more. But what I would really like to see is the map orientate itself with the direction you are facing so you can use the map to navigate to the target and see the POIs in relation to the map. It will be interesting to see if the map gets perfected and if others copy the map idea.

The rest of the application has be updated significantly to give excellent integration with the phones functionality, for example you can call the business directly with one click or even share the details via SMS/Facebook/Twitter with friends. Useful if you are trying to tell a group of people where to meet.

If you haven’t taken a look at Yell for a while or if you are looking for a local search application then Yell has had a serious revamp and is well worth a look.

Get Yell

15th

AR Invaders

Posted by augmentedplanet under iphone

Those pesky aliens are at it again, invading our cities, forests, living rooms and just about anything else they can. The last line of Earth’s defence is you. God help us.

AR Invaders and Look Up are two new games courtesy of Soulbit7 that bring the classic alien space invaders genre up to date with a fresh augmented reality feel. The game uses the tried and tested augmented reality formula of enabling the camera window so the action takes place in 360 around your surroundings. You can also team up with other members of the Earth’s Resistance Forces (or your friends) to drive back the alien hordes.

Regardless of whether you decide to take on the aliens alone or with a friend, you’ll need quick reflexes as the aliens don’t hang about waiting for you to shoot them.

AR Invaders / Look Up in action

While it appears are two games, AR Invaders and Look Up, they are both in fact the same game. The difference being AR Invaders is exclusive for the iPhone 4 as it makes use of the gyroscope. iPhone 3G users however can still play the game via AR Invaders.

iPhone 4 owners can download the free AR Invaders Lite version to give the game a try.  (Full price $1.99)  AR Invaders is on special offer of $0.99 so get it while its on special.

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