AR Weekly Digest N.45

1. Disney Infinity Action! App Brings Disney Characters into Your Videos

Disney Infinity: Action! is the mobile app component of the upcoming Disney Infinity video game, released in the App Store on August 15th in anticipation of the release of the core game this week. This app will support the game by allowing fans to create short videos which can then be shared on YouTube, Facebook or by email.

The three available characters, Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles, Sulley of Monsters, Inc., and Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, each come with a distinct set of actions. There are also around 30 different animations and props.

One of the main ideas behind this app is to extend the experience of the console game into the mobile world.


2. Audi Launches Interactive Augmented Reality Tutorial App for Drivers

If you aren’t an auto-savvy person, learning what all the buttons and lights do in your new car can be a bit tough. But Audi decided to help drivers by releasing an AR companion app, using technology from German-based AR company Metaio, for its entry-level A3 that explains features in the cabin and engine bay.The app offers information on 300 individual elements of the Audi A3, with detailed how-to instructions represented as animated 3D overlays.

This isn’t the first app of its kind from Audi; the first was released a while ago for its Europe-only A1. The new app for the A3 improves on the A1’s by multiplying the number of components the driver can identify through the app.

The A3 app is now available for free on iOS devices in English, German and Japanese. An Android version will follow in the coming weeks. TheAudi eKurzinfo app is a free download, but does require the purchase of an Audi A3.


3. “Shifting Skin” Brings Tattoos to Life


Recently a new exhibit was displayed at Deakin University Art Gallery near Melbourne, Australia. It uses augmented reality and tablets to turn tattoos into works of 3D art. The exhibit was created by a virtual artist Alison Bennett and was called “Shifting Skin”. The augmented reality component may be accessed via a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet via the Aurasma app.


4. QR Virtual Libraries Appeared in Kiev and Odessa

Free e-books were made available via a project that encouraged citizens to read classics. The idea of such projects was previously implemented in the Austrian city of Klagenfurt.

An unusual libraries have appeared at the central streets of two Ukrainian cities. These libraries consist of stands with painted shelves with books on them. An individual QR code is printed on the back of each of the edition, allowing everyone to download a book in the electronic form by means of a mobile device. This interesting project was created and realized by the company MTS Ukraine.

Any person who wants to use the library with QR codes and read books has an opportunity to choose from more than half a thousand of volumes of different authors. More than 50% of the library is dedicated to classical literature, but modern literature is also represented on the shelves as well as some books, having read which users of mobile devices can learn the history of Ukraine and meet the traditions of the Ukrainian culture.


5. Epson Hosting First Hackathon for Moverio Smart Glasses

For Android developers and designers who want to explore the most innovative and useful applications for cutting-edge augmented reality glasses, Epson is hosting a “See Smarter: Moverio Glasses Hackathon – Summer 2013”, Aug. 24-25 at its U.S. headquarters in Long Beach, California. A grand prize of $1000 will be awarded to the team that presents a concept or demo that best takes advantage of the Moverio platform. Two honorable mentions of $500 each will also be awarded. Space is very limited: 30 Developers, 10 designers, and 10 BizDev/ Marketing people.

The event will bring together a group of eager developers, designers, and business people who want to explore the most innovative and useful applications for augmented reality glasses.


AR applications:

  1. Agitive Mobility App
  2. Departures Switzerland
  3. CloudAR – advanced AR
  4. Soft Surroundings More
  5. Belfast GPS Tour
  6. Mollymook Golf Club
  7. Qualcomm Snapdragon AR
  8. Krrish 3
  9. Tusenfryd
  10. Color Teacher Lite
  11. LZRTAG
  12. Captain Jack Pott
  13. Color Alliance ViewAR
  14. SF Plus
  15. MyGarden 3D

Prepared by:

AR23D Studio
3D Augmented Reality Solutions