AR Weekly Digest N.40

1.Second Screen for Your Smartphone from GlassUp

glassupNew type of augmented reality glasses called GlassUp have recently launched as an Indiegogo offering. It is said to be able display texts, turn by turn directions, emails, incoming calls, display your heartbeat and translation. Design of GlassUp is more familiar and less exotic than Google Glass, but the information is displayed to you without having to look up in a weird direction.

It is more of a phone accessory than a self-contained unit, meaning, for example, that in order to get GPS coordinates it’ll also need to be paired with your phone.The GlassUp glasses will also have pretty long battery life and the information on the screen will be projected in monochrome.


Delivery date of GlassUp is February 2014. The Super Early Bird pricing begins at $199 and the prices go up based on feature and option availability. Those interested will also be able to grab a model with a camera for $399. At this time the Indiegogo campaign has 30 days remaining and they have raised just over $11,000 towards a goal of $150,000.


 2.Table Tennis Concept with Augmented Reality from Pingtime


 Pingtime is a table tennis concept that captivates the players in an augmented reality world, where surfaces bend and fluorescent balls send ripples of electricity.

The setup was developed by Sergiu Doroftei, Bogdan Susma, Ion Cotenescu, and Silviu Badea for a Romanian electronic music and arts festival called “Rokolectiv,” the table features a surface that visually reacts to the match in real-time. As the players become more involved in the game, Pingtime examines whether computer animations are challenging their reaction speed.

Pingtime uses a combination of an infrared camera to track the ball and a surface display that visually reacts to the ball’s position in real time. Everything is equipped with sensors, and the table then projects different colors and patterns of light as the paddles swing over the table, and as the ball flies over. The result is both impressive and a bit trippy.


3. Augmented Reality Concept Mixes with Traditional Board Games

darklingNocturnal Media has set its sights on bringing augmented reality to traditional gaming. It has teamed with renowned game designer Stewart Wieck to develop a new augmented reality prototype, titles Darkling Plain, a fantasy board game that is meant to enhance traditional gaming. Game prototype is featured on It is a fantasy board game that utilizes AR technology on smart devices such as iPhones to create stunning 3D graphics. The Darkling Plain campaign seeks community engagement and backers to achieve its goal of raising $120,000.

“Augmented reality demonstrates the potential to combine the best of both video games and board games,” says game co-designer Stewart Wieck. “Outstanding board games have clean, simple gameplay that leads to complex results and offer an irreplaceable social component, while video games have an undeniable visual appeal and invisibly perform complicated calculations. Darkling Plain combines these social and technological strengths.”


4. Augmented Quilt aims to Combat Symptoms of Loneliness by Children Staying in Hospital

A patchwork quilt designed by Joshua Barnes aims  to comfort hospitalised children by allowing them to helping them to communicate with their families using augmented reality.

quiltEach of the 20 squares quilt consists of is decorated with a unique multi-coloured animal or plant design and can be linked to an individual person (friend or family member). These people can then leave messages for children to access with an app which uses the camera on a phone or tablet to recognise the unique image and overlay content — a picture, photo or video.

“With the Augmented Quilt I was looking to apply Augmented Reality technology  to a meaningful situation outside of of its conventional uses in advertising and marketing. An issue I was particularly drawn to is separation issues caused by children spending long periods of time in hospital.” says Barnes.”It also played into the idea of the quilt being a magic object and playful for the child, and hopefully it all adds up to making it an easier experience for them.”

According to Barnes the next stage of the project will be secure funding, perhaps through Kickstarter, to research the effectiveness of quilts in hospital, before moving towards marketing and retailing them.


5. Augmented Reality Glasses is to Help Firefighters Escape Burning Buildings

Hateya, Belgium’s finalist for Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2013, developed a system that uses a helmet with augmented reality glasses, as well as a small computer and sensors inside the firefighters’ clothing to keep track of his location. To find his way out, the firefighter would just have to follow the arrows that will appear on the glasses.

The system titled “ComeBack”  works autonomously and just a click of a button built into the clothing enables it. Because of being used indoors, “ComeBack” system would obviously have a drawback – GPS would not work to get precise location data, so in the current prototype, the system measures the steps a firefighter takes inside the building and a compass to determine the route somebody took inside a building. This approach, the team argues, is very accurate, though they are also looking into alternatives to make the positioning even more precise.


AR applications:

  1. MirabiliAR
  2. Solar System AR Book HD
  3. 3DPetrie Museum Business Card
  4. Spinzomedia AR
  5. Magic Cards AR+
  6. LeapAR
  7. PT Experience: Cyclo® BBB
  8. FIGZ Justice League: Augmented Reality
  9. LivingESP

Prepared by:

AR23D Studio
3D Augmented Reality Solutions


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