Added Reality Interfaces

Of course, that is the usual way: writers, artists and designers create ideas for a movie or a book and make their technological craziness come to life – they don’t have the restrictions the real world brings with its crummy physics and huge atoms. Anyway, I wanted to point you to a new computer game, that also comes along with […]

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Pimp up dusty, boring architecture studies!

No technological surprises, but a well made and neat video about a – hopefully sooner than we think available – HMD setup concept by students from Valle Giulia in Italy hit the internet. Nice integration of magic book concepts and interaction techniques. It’s pretty cool and high quality. Check it out to dream a bit more about the future… :-)

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AR Browser’s conquest

Just a short comment today. Rouli made a listing of current AR Browsers and I thought I just add one more, that sounds promising: www.gamaray.com. It is available on the android market and already allows to link 3D graphics. So, it’s pretty nice, not only showing 2D billboards or signs in space. The only company missing in this party are […]

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Hype Cycle and Masses playing AR

This year is a pretty good year for augmented reality. We’ve seen different demos and ads for movies or new cars, glasses, even women’s hygiene items. Well, okay, I reconsider my statement. It’s a good year for augmented reality awareness. But usually it remains marker based webcam AR or EyeToy-style. Nevertheless, I’m happy that the technology is spreading and people […]

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Paris in 3D on your iphone

If you have a rainy holiday, you might want to switch to the virtual world again and see Paris in 3D on your iPhone! The demonstration runs really smoothly and quickly. If this is for real, please everybody: hurry up and get your iphone ready for augmented reality! Well, erh, Apple, could you please, the video camera access, you know, […]

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Siggraph thin on AR 2009

Or is it? Hopefully, I will find more time to browse through this year’s siggraph papers soon. Unfortunatelly I couldn’t attend, but as it seems to me, there hasn’t been too much on Augmented Reality this year, maybe we have to stick closer to ISMAR and other conferences for our special interest. There was the before mentioned great idea of […]

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There must be another way!

Okay, it’s still far from usable for AR scenarios, but I wanted to include this one, nevertheless. Nikon just announced a new coolpix camera, that includes its own pico projector to display 640×480 images at a 2 m distance max. “So what the h…?!” you could say. But disregarding the fact, that the quality or battery will probaly suck really […]

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Scary! The virtual Mirror into a parallel world!

The cool Henry Selick, who brought us stop motion classics like The Nightmare before Christmas, gave us another shaking with its great Coraline stop-motion-mimic-3D movie. This movie launched a while ago, but I just remembered the cool advertisment, I’ve seen for it. I don’t wanna spoil if you still haven’t seen the movie (do it! ;-)), but the parallel world […]

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Tracking patterns are out of fashion focus

The gyus from the MIT present a new stunning way to hide markers and barcodes inside tiny pinholes (yes! the small hole next to the old fashioned markers on the left!). When you compare its size with regular markers, it’s pretty amazing and scary, how good they can hide technology to the human eye, but still obtain information visually. A […]

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You don’t want to carry that around!

Canon shows another concept of HMD glasses at the Industrial Virtual Reality Expo. Well, actually, those are hand-held glasses, that are pretty damn bulky. But the tracking is stable (dinosaurs and copier seem to be tracked through markers, although you can see the silver ART infrared balls on some of the HMDs) and worth a look is their keying for […]

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