AR Weekly Digest N.46

1. Pocket Tutor for iOS – the New Way to Learn Math

Pocket Tutor: Math was designed to help children learn math in a new way. Point your iPhone’s camera at the math problem, and the app will recognize the problem and show you, if your answer is right or wrong. This is the best and the fastest way to check yourself, it’s almost like having a math tutor with you all the time. You can also use “show correct answers” option, if you can’t solve a problem, or if you’re just too lazy.

To start using app just print the worksheets provided with the app. The creators of the app also provide learning tutorials that will help children learn math in a fun way.

The app currently supports only addition and subtraction, but more advanced math is to come in the near future. Pocket Tutor is a great example of how augmented reality can be used in education. It can help to engage students in their own learning by making this process fun with new technology.


2. Augmented Reality Can Help People with Color Vision Deficiencies

Did you know one in eight boys are color blind, while only one in thirty girls are color blind? So now there is free augmented reality app to help colorblind people to distinguish colors. At the same time it might be useful for designers, as it has colorblindness simulation mode, which can help us see as color deficient people see.

Enliven – Color Blind Aid is a free Android app developed by Deadly Apps. It has 6 different colorblindness modes to switch between; all of them are available colorblindness simulation mode and colorblindness aid mode.

Designers can simulate color deficiencies to see what a color deficient person would see when looking at interior designs, website designs, or game designs. Enliven can show a designer exactly what needs to be changed in a design to ensure that a colorblind audience will not be excluded.

Colorblind aid mode detects which colors cannot be distinguished by a person, based on selected type of deficiency, and uses special algorithm to create color overlay to show colorblind users what they are missing. For example someone who is red – green colorblind will now see a blue overlay on top of anything that is red, so they can tell the difference between red and green.

The app works in real time augmenting the live stream from phone’s camera. Now we’re waiting to see this app integrated into a pair of AR glasses. Integrated into AR glasses, this app could provide colorblind people continuous aid without having to hold their phone in their hands.


3. Arch Virtual Releases Architectural visualization app for Oculus Rift

This week, Arch Virtual released a new interactive, real-time architectural experience for the Panoptic Group, based out of Chicago, Illinois.

Arch Virtual used Unity3D – multiplatform game developing engine. The result is great interactive architectural visualization, which can be embedded in a website, or downloaded as a stand-alone application. But the most interesting is version that is compatible with Oculus Rift. It has also been made available for download.

The virtual application enables potential buyers of a real estate development project to explore the building before construction starts.

“The virtual model helped us sell this property much faster than we could have otherwise.  It was very cost effective, and has proven to be a helpful marketing tool for our business,” said Roman Popovych, of Panoptic Group.

Using Oculus Rift brings it to a completely new level. This experience is far more immersive then just looking at building’s model on the computer screen. Can you imagine how cool it would be to use it with some brain–computer interface like Emotiv Insight?

Augmented Pixels (ex AR23D Studio) is also working on project for architertural visualization, which will support Oculus Rift. Follow the updates to be the first one to hear about the release.


4. Mercedes Is Testing Google Glass Integration

In-car navigation systems are invaluable ways to help you reach your destination. What if that same level of convenience helped you navigate after getting out of the car?

“Door-to-Door Navigation,” is just the latest in a string of high-tech pushes the automaker has made in the past few years. It started with Mercedes doubling its resources and employees at its Silicon Valley research center, which allowed the automaker to work on a thoroughly revised infotainment platform and develop one of the first comprehensive integrations of Apple’s iPhone into its entry level and youth-focused CLA.

Mercedes already has a working prototype of the technology and is working with Google to turn it into a reality. In its current iteration, you input an address into Glass at home. That information transfers to your in-car navigation when you get in your car and plug your phone in. Then, when you get out of the car, the navigation returns again to Glass so you can complete your journey.

Mercedes “Digital DriveStyle App” works only with iOS yet, as iOS is the dominant platform for Mercedes owners. Google doesn’t offer Glass support for the iPhone yet. So in order for the destination information to be sent from the car to Glass, Mercedes connects to its own cloud server between the iPhone and the embedded infotainment system.

Johann Jungwirth, Mercedes’ North American R&D President & CEO says that Android integration for Mercedes vehicles is coming in 2014 and makes it clear that Mercedes has every intention of integrating some form of Google Glass functionality into its future products.


5. The Hive / Gensler Multi Surface Experience

Global design firm, Gensler, and digital signage and interactive agency, The Hive, unveil an innovative augmented reality experience. Known as The Hive / Gensler Multi Surface Experience, the installation is designed to engage and inform visitors to Gensler’s award-winning downtown Los Angeles office. We’ve seen touch-friendly tables before, but they’re rarely so slick as the Multi Surface Experience.

The installation lets guests explore Gensler’s architectural portfolio just by walking up to a wavy table. An overhead projector, Kinect for Windows and special software present an interface wherever people stand; when users choose to learn more about a project, it pops up on a wall-mounted 4K display. An interface appears on the table allowing visitors to use movements such as hand motions to digitally explore the content of Gensler’s urban architecture and modern cities monograph. The installation enhances each object with a new layer of digital content, and adds new context to the contents of the book.

The Hive/Gensler Multi Surface Experience was built by The Hive using the latest products from technology partners Canon, Planar and YCD Multimedia.


 AR applications:

  1. Geekie Bots
  2. Fintastic Discoveries
  3. ARGO
  4. BartendR
  5. SudBudz
  6. B&H AR
  7. EUREKA!
  8. B&H Kids AR
  9. FatherAndSon AR
  10. Real Maze -3D Augmented Reality FREE Game
  11. MARWind
  12. AccentHealth Viewer
  13. HD Interactive Augmented Reality Business Card
  14. OSSMA AR
  15. Explore SG
  16. HD Interactive Augmented Reality Business Card
  17. MX Artesan
  18. Overlay: buy catalog products right here, right now!
  19. Kings Cross Engineering Trail
  20. TINAview
  21. Road Respect

Prepared by:

AR23D Studio
3D Augmented Reality Solutions


AR Weekly Digest N.42

 1.Augmented Reality Job Search App from Nokia


Have been missing really useful AR applications? Have a look at JobLens – a Windows Phone 8 app that helps users search for jobs near their home. The app uses augmented reality to show the user exactly where the job is in relation to their current location, and display information about the company. It will also access your social media profiles – including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Windows Live – to check out whether any of your friends are connected with a hiring manager at any available jobs. Finally, JobLens allows easy resume sharing via Microsoft SkyDrive account, and if application is successful, JobLens can provide users with directions to the interview.

Nokia hopes that their app could eventually end up as shaping the future landscape of job hunting – we’ll see! To do so Nokia partnered with a start-up incubator Entrepreneur First in London. At an launching event in London, Nokia gave 30 graduates that have recently completed Entrepreneur First’s accelerator programme and formed 11 start-ups valued at £15m a detailed overview of the JobLens app, and challenged them to build new businesses.

“We want to challenge these young minds to imagine how JobLens can be enhanced and refined to address UK unemployment, a challenge that unfortunately all too many countries are combating,” said Nokia’s Bryan Biniak.


2.Sony Unveils 3D HMD for Endoscopic Surgery

Sony has its 3D head-mounted display on the market since 2011. All previous products were just cool entertainment gadgets for watching movies and playing games. But the new HMD is volunteering to act as the viewing end of medical endoscopes.

Hirai and Co. have just unveiled what amounts to a retooled HMZ-T2, dubbed the HMM-3000MT, which helps surgeons peek inside a patient’s body in 2D or 3D – the latter of which is said to improve precision by providing better depth perception.

This new HMD is fitted with 0.7-inch (18.0mm diagonal) OLED panels (1280 x 720) as its sibling, but compared to HMZ-T2 it provides better comfort. It has been designed to provide balance when the user wears it in a standing position, while the cushioning at the forehead and on the top of the head provides comfort even when worn for long periods of time.


3.Google Invests in Himax Display Inc. – the Glass Chipmaker

Google Inc. is investing in a Taiwanese microchip maker that makes chips used in its Google Glass. When the deal closes, Google will own a 6.3 percent stake in Taiwan-based Himax Display Inc., (HDI) a subsidiary of Himax Technologies, Inc., though it could own up to 14.8 percent if it exercises the right to make an additional investment after one year. At this point, Himax Technologies owns 81.5 percent of HDI and says it will remain the subsidiary’s majority shareholder. Other investors include KPCB Holdings, Khosla Ventures, and Intel Capital Corporation.

Funds from Google will be used to make production upgrades so that HDI can roll out more LCOS chips and modules used in head-mounted displays like Google Glass, heads-up displays (HUD), and pico-projector products.

The deal is expected to close this quarter.


4.Elements 4D – AR Chemistry Learning Kit by DAQRI

DAQRI has been known for developing augmented reality technology for enterprise applications. The company has also developed applications for the education, medical, and industrial manufacturing sectors. On July 24 DAQRI launched its first consumer-focused product by way of a Kickstarter campaign.

Elements 4D is an interactive chemistry learning kit that consists of a set of laser-etched wooden blocks illustrating a different chemical element on each and an augmented reality mobile app which utilizes smartphone and tablet cameras to view and interact with the blocks.  Beaming the app’s viewfinder onto the blocks instantly transforms them into 3D representations of that element. The app also allows students to combine the elements from the periodic table by putting wooden blocks one next to other to create chemical reactions and new molecules in the virtual space. For example, touch a hydrogen to an oxygen and the viewer will see a chemically correct water molecule displayed on their screen.

For better understanding watch the video on Kickstarter.


5.Google Glass Vulnerability

Google’s ambitious augmented reality glasses have yet to be officially launched to the general public and they have already been hacked. It has been hacked by a relatively low-tech tool: QR codes.

Researchers from Lookout Mobile found out that they could use QR codes to connect Glass to a rogue WiFi network, thereby giving them access to the device’s various features and the information that it stores. The QR codes also showed themselves capable of crashing Glass entirely, forcing users to reboot their device before they could use it further. Such QR codes can be placed nearly anywhere (i.e. even t-shirts with these codes could create a problematic issue for Glass users).

According to the leading security firm Symantec Google’s Glass is also susceptible to attacks that are not based on QR codes. Symantec notes that Glass could be compromised through the names attributed to WiFi networks. Fo example, a user may set his preferred network as he has at home.This means that user’s device will try to connect to this network no matter where it is. A hacker can easily respond to the probes sent out by the device to find its preferred network by posing as the network and offering WiFi connectivity. Once connected, the hacker has access to the glasses.

Lookout Mobile as well as Symantec immediately reported their findings to Google in order to help the company develop some security features.


 AR applications:

  1. Our Discovery Island: Phonic Tricksters
  2. Belgrade Talking
  3. Adristorical Lands
  4. Real Maze -3D Augmented Reality Maze Game
  5. AmazingAR
  6. PrintMedia
  7. AR Mercedes-Benz RUS
  8. Kahala Associates Real Estate
  9. SeeMore Interactive
  10. Sentinel AR
  11. ARtours
  12. Marel Portioning
  13. Zappie
  14. iRoom
  15. MyStache
  16. Augmented Reality Showcase AdSugarMedia
  17. Nico
  18. ImovelClass-RA
  19. Shoot the Fokkers
  20. 3D Pistol
  21. Stage3D
  22. Darts Augmented Reality App
  23. Jellyfish Downpressor – Free Augmented Reality Game
  24. Finger Shark – The Hungry Interactive Shark Tank
  25. METAXA SUNTONIC kokteilis
  26. The World Games 2013 Cali
  27. POP LOCK ROBOT: Augmented Dancing
  28. Repentir Flatiron
  29. SADASI Mérida AR
  30. Treek
  31. Cardino Cards with Video
  32. Ocutag Snap

Prepared by:

AR23D Studio
3D Augmented Reality Solutions