AR Weekly Digest N.48

 1. Pioneer Introduces Revolutionary Augmented Reality SatNav

Pioneer launches NavGate head-up display (HUD) that combines augmented reality with smartphone connectivity to provide the virtual equivalent of a 30-inch display in front of the eyes of a driver. It allows the driver to fully focus on the road at all times throughout their journey.

It features light sensors that automatically adjusts the brightness of the projections by monitoring the amount of light, Turn-By-Turn Directions with guided instructions will display current speed, speed limits, red light and speed cameras alerts, a clock, and estimated time of arrival and distance to your destination.

The Satnav supports various smartphones, which connect to the unit via USB and is compatible with the CoPilot and NNG’s iGO primo smartphone apps that display navigation instructions, points of interest and road hazards.

Girish Janday, product executive at Pioneer, said: “Two essential elements for driving are having a clear view on the road and knowing where you’re going. Pioneer’s NavGate HUD has been designed with both of those ideas in mind, ensuring drivers navigate without losing focus, keeping distractions to a minimum. Its competitive price-point will open up this innovative technology to a broader audience.”

The NavGate is due to go on sale from October for £600.


2. Angela Merkel Chooses Augmented Reality for Her Election Campaign

v2-AN27440339A+Merkel+app+withA ‘Merkelapp’ for smartphones is an Augmented reality app which was lauched by her election team and which appears to make billboard posters of the German chancellor speak directly to voters.

The app automatically recognizes Merkel’s face through a camera when being pointed at a campaign poster with her image and begins playing a video featuring her talking. Merkel appears to speak out of the poster, saying: “Germany is doing well today but we cannot take this for granted. I want us to be successful in the future together.” Merkel’s campaign manager Hermann Groehe said in the interview that he hoped the new app would help mobilize more voters to support her conservatives in what he predicted to be a “tight race”.

Augmented reality in smartphone applications was also used by Obama in his campaign to win a second term in office when exclusive content was revealed after scanning a $5 note.


3. Blippar Brings the British Passport to Life

Blippar has just unveiled an augmented reality passport with the aim of keeping kids entertained and reducing stress for parents during  long-distance flights.

The app is triggered by a British passport. By ‘blipping’ the front page of a passport, a 3D plane will appear and take off from the passport. Users can then navigate  the aircraft through the clouds by turning the passport. Besides the 3D model packing checklists and a language center where you can practice learning a new language (Croatian, Italian, French or Spanish) are also included in the app.

Jess Butcher, CMO of Blippar said: ‘With 14 million UK holidaymakers expected to go abroad this summer, we wanted to create something fun, informative and engaging that any person travelling abroad could use. Kids often get bored at the airport and we wanted parents to be able to concentrate on enjoying their holidays and having fun with their kids instead of being stressed out. By Blipping the front cover of their passport travellers can access a truly interactive travel experience.’


4. A Giant Ferris Wheel with Augmented Reality to be Built in Japan


The Giant Observation Wheel (GOW) or the Nippon Moon, designed by Dutch architectural studio UNStudio, is currently in development in Japan. It is going to be twice as big as the London Eye.

The structure will consist of 32 single and double-decked pods or capsules which will allow for augmented reality views of the city. The Nippon Moon will also come with an app for smartphones and tablets, which will allow users to communicate with the people in other capsules. Guests of the wheel will be able to switch from reality to augmented reality views in the capsule.

dezeen_GOW-Nippon-Moon-by-UNStudio_4“The latest technology is incorporated in the capsules to create integrated augmented reality that creates new levels of engagement – both in terms of the surrounding views and through communication and interaction between users,” said Van Berkel. “Through this, the Nippon Moon becomes not just an observation platform, but a platform for heightened observation and the stimulation of the imagination.”

At the moment, the project is in the design phase, but as soon when it is constructed, a new iconic experience will be coming to a Japanese city.


5. The World’s First Augmented Reality Exercise Gaming Platform

A young start-up GlassFit claims to develop the first augmented reality exercise platform for Google Glass. A collection of exercise games, this platform consists of, allows users to race against themselves, their friends and zombies. What the company proposes is a Motivation and, of course, amusement to start exercising regularly.

Idea shown in the video below is really interesting. Check it out yourself!


6. Vuforia’s “Smart Terrain” Turns Your Living Room into a Game

Last week the Qualcomm showed off a brand new addition to its Vuforia Augmented Reality platform. “Smart Terrain” (this is the name of an addition) brings a living room landscape straight into your mobile game.

Technology allows developers to create apps that can see real world objects, calculated their height/width/depth and then build visuals to interact with them. The app starts by asking you to choose your “play space.” You can do this by tapping the table, and it maps out a 3D grid around those physical objects. After the app identifies the objects and the game begins. Virtual terrain began to grow all over the objects. In the prototype game, you play a character that has to defend a tower from the creatures that are attacking it.

“Smart Terrain”  will be available in the Qualcomm Vuforia SDK in April 2014, but right now you can watch the demo below.


AR applications:

  1. Reality Guitar
  2. Malaysia Escapade
  3. Wild Medicine
  4. Welcome 3D
  5. Realizer
  6. Sudoku AR
  7. Augmented Reality for Sony CommOn
  8. SPEC Clutch AR
  9. Add Ink App
  10. SpectLite
  11. Chateau de Cherbourg
  12. LandslideAR
  13. ScreenCatcher
  14. Waterfall Club
  15. aniface
  16. Thinkr
  17. Smart Subway AR
  18. Engage Mobility

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