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TechWatch Report: New Whitepaper On Mobile Augmented Reality Now Available

Trak Lord | Mon, Apr 25 2011 10:07 PM CDT
JISC Observatory has released a brand-spanking-new whitepaper detailing the uses of Mobile Augmented Reality with smartphones. If you're a developer and/or content publisher (like myself) you're going to want to get your hands on this piece of literature, because it's chock full of nifty information regarding the creation of new interactive and immersive experiences.

TechWatch Report: New Whitepaper On Mobile Augmented Reality Now Available | TweakTown.com


Even better, JISC isn't releasing the final version until May 6, so if you want to take a look at it and revise it or comment on what should and should not be there, they will take it into consideration. Who knows- your wisdom may make the final cut.

JISC originally commissioned the report, which was written by a one Ben Butchart of EDINA, based out of the University of Edinburgh. Check out the press release, and make your voices heARd.

Not so long ago, augmented reality (AR) was an experimental technology that rarely left the lab and required a high level of technical expertise and knowledge to create new applications. Now, thanks to advances in smartphone hardware, AR technology is much more available and easily accessible for users and developers alike.

A new state-of-the-art TechWatch report looking at Augmented Reality for Smartphones is now available for comment:
Augmented Reality for Smartphones (PDF)...

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GPS Augmented Reality Startup GoldRun Raises $1.1 Million

Trak Lord | Wed, Apr 20 2011 12:53 AM CDT
GPS Augmented Reality Startup GoldRun Raises $1.1 Million | TweakTown.com


Earlier this week, NYC-based GPS interactive augmented reality game startup GoldRun raised $1.1 Million this week in angel funding. GoldRun was fortunate enough (literally) to have participants like Ed Mathias of The Carlyle Group, financier Jon Ledecky, Founding Partner of United Talent Agency Jeremy Zimmer, Former Chairman and CEO of Sunglass Hut Jim Hauslein, and CEO of Venturehouse Group Mark Ein (Mathias and Zimmer will join the board of directors). GoldRun is looking to use the funding to develop new features for both users and clients to offer more AR interactions within their application. They will also invest in supporting sales and deployment activities in both the US and other, international markets. Even more exciting, we'll see GoldRun hosted gaming sometime in the near future.

For those of you unfamiliar with the application, GoldRun uses geo-data to run augmented reality experiences on the iPhone , and they recently launched a campaign with a sentimentally confused billboard near the Holland Tunnel in New York City, which we reported earlier this week. Founder and CEO Vivian Rosenthal commented:

GoldRun allows for a new form of...

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AR Solutions Firm metaio Partners With AR Eyewear Producer Vuzix: Hello, Robocop!

Trak Lord | Mon, Apr 18 2011 1:39 PM CDT
AR Solutions Firm metaio Partners With AR Eyewear Producer Vuzix: Hello, Robocop! | TweakTown.com


Munich-based Augmented Reality Solutions firm metaio GmbH and Vuzix of Rochester, NY have announced a development and marketing partnership to collaborate on identifying and delivering improved and enhanced solutions for their customers. Roman Hasenbeck, Director of Business Development for metaio San Francisco, commented:

Our company has provided AR software for over 8 years and Vuzix is the first company to deliver a complete line of AR-enabled Video Eyewear, which includes both digital and optical see-through glasses that are high resolution and easy to wear. These are essential features for our customers. We believe that with Vuzix, we will finally be able to satisfy the needs of our many customers and partners for a hands-free solution.



If you're new to the Augmented Reality industry you probably don't realize the significance of this last statement. AR exists chiefly on two different platforms at the moment: web-contained and mobile. You may have seen examples and use cases in marketing promotions, such as those by Hallmark or Home Depot, that launch from the webcam of your desktop or laptop. Otherwise, AR lives in your phone, in the form of reality browsers...

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NYC Billboard Is Feeling Augmented Reality

Trak Lord | Thu, Apr 14 2011 6:10 PM CDT
Billboards are a tough sell for augmented reality- they're expensive real estate, they're constantly exposed to a variety of external conditions that wreak havoc on natural feature tracking algorithms and sdk's, and outside of urban environments they're generally only seen while moving past them at 65-80 mph. So how does one utilize a billboard for an AR experience? Tack it to a place in an urban environment where there are always a @#$%load of slow-moving vehicles present. Cue bustling New York City's Holland Tunnel, where readers familiar with the area will immediately summon memories of exhaust stench, honking horns, and that dreadful summer day mid-way through a heatwave when your AC on your Nissan Stanza craps the bed.

NYC Billboard Is Feeling Augmented Reality | TweakTown.com


To express your inevitable sentiment, rather than raging and yelling at your car and fellow commuters, why not just take your iPhone, point it at the billboard, and snap a picture to post to your Facebook wall that says "I am feeling (ANGRY FACE)"? New York-based GPS augmented reality app GoldRun partnered up with Tronic Studio and outdoor marketing firm ADstruc to bring us the first billboard with feelings. The billboard is part of the latter's "Billboards For Everyone" campaign, which brings together local design talent to create...

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Quimo: Free Form Augmented Reality Material

Trak Lord | Thu, Mar 31 2011 10:49 PM CDT
Quimo: Free Form Augmented Reality Material | TweakTown.com


The University of South Australia brings us quite a nifty gadget / design tool as part of their Wearable Computer Laboratory. In a paper and accompanying video published by Ewald T. A. Maas, Michael R. Marner, Ross T. Smith, and Bruce H. Thomas, they introduce "Quimo", a free form spatial Augmented Reality interface. Short for "quick mock-up", the substance is a white malleable material that the user can sculpt and reform to their heart's content, all with their bare hands. It retains its shape once you sculpt it and doesn't harden later, so you can always go back and sculpt different things. It's like Play-Doh for Augmented Reality.

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Valpak & Junaio Launch Augmented Reality Coupons

Trak Lord | Tue, Mar 29 2011 9:20 PM CDT
Valpak & Junaio Launch Augmented Reality Coupons | TweakTown.com


Valpak has got a brand new bag. And it's not a giant blue bag stuffed with coupons, either. It's a mobile augmented reality channel that uses geo-locational user information to display mobile-based deals in or near your vicinity.

Neato.

With the recent success of Groupon and LivingSocial, it does not come as a surprise that Valpak entered the mobile arena, especially after launching an iPhone app. Unlike a normal app, this one is in full Augmented Reality, so you actually perceive mobile coupon deals overlaid onto the physical world, i.e. wherever you're pointing your smartphone.

The feature runs on junaio, a free application for the iPhone and Android. The Valpak channel uses the navigation features of junaio channels, utlizing a user's surroundings to supply them with relevant hyperlocal information. Here's a demo from Valpak telling you how to use the app:



It's that easy folks.

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iPhone Survives 1,000 Foot Fall From Aircraft

Trak Lord | Thu, Mar 24 2011 6:18 PM CDT
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This is a definite "do not try this at home", kids.

"Jump Master" US Air Force Combat Controller Ron Walker was leaning out the side of a plane traveling at about 150 miles per hour when his iPhone 4 slipped out of his pocket. iLounge, to whom Walker originally emailed his testament (SPOILER ALERT: It was typed out and emailed on the same iPhone!), reported that immediately after losing the phone, Walker thought to himself

Well, guess I'll be buying a new phone.



Yeah. I'm sure that's exactly what he was thinking after dropping his phone out of an effing plane.

Walker reportedly used the "Find My iPhone" app on a friend's phone to locate the fallen phone. Walker probably had no hope whatsoever that the phone still functioned, but evidently wanted to back up his data (is Angry Birds really that addictive? Yes, yes it is).

I'm sure Walker was delighted to find that not only was his data intact, but the rest of the phone too. Walker speculated that the trees and brush may have slowed the iPhone 4's fall (doesn't that sound like a punchline?), but it was reportedly protected by a third-party Griffin Motif TPU case as well as a metal backing.

Now tell me this isn't the best advertisement that Griffin could possibly hope for.

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Cox Communications launches Trio guide and whole home DVR

Shane McGlaun | Mon, Nov 22 2010 2:00 PM CST
If you live in an area of the US, where you get cable from Cox Communications the company has announced a new service that will get your attention quickly. The new service wraps a new Trio program guide into a package with a DVR system that works for your entire home. That means you can record a program on any DVR in your home and then play it back on any TV in the house.

Cox Communications launches Trio guide and whole home DVR | TweakTown.com


The part I like the best is that the new service has a bookmarking option. That means you can start watching a program in the living room and then bookmark it to pick up right where you left off in the bedroom. The DVRs used in the system have 500GB of storage.


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Scosche finally ships slick new reVIVE II Dual USB chargers for iPad

Shane McGlaun | Wed, Aug 11 2010 1:08 PM CDT
When it comes to accessories like cables, docks and all sorts of other stuff for Apple devices like iPods and the iPhone, Scosche is a big favorite for many. Scosche is also big on accessories for the iPad as well. One of the first things that many iPad buyers realized when they went to charge their iPad from a computer is that not all USB ports are up to the task of charging the iPad thanks to the iPad needing 2.1 amps of power. That means many notebook and PC USB ports won't charge the iPad.

Scosche finally ships slick new reVIVE II Dual USB chargers for iPad | TweakTown.com


Scosche put some cool chargers for the iPad up for pre-order a while back called the reVIVE II chargers. Both of the chargers are very similar with one notable difference. One of them is designed for use in the home with your AC outlet and the other is designed for use in the car via a DC outlet. Both of the chargers pack in dual USB ports.


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The Commonwealth Bank of Australia launch augmented reality app for home buyers

Steve Dougherty | Wed, Aug 4 2010 6:16 AM CDT
Ahh, technology; a road that never ends and there's always something new on the horizon. A pretty funky iPhone application was launched today by the Commonwealth bank which more or less gives the ability to point their phone at a house from out the front and access both its sale price as well as giving a virtual peek inside.

The new app harnesses mobile phone camera and location based tech to map the user's position; then it simply matches it with information about the house such as how many bedrooms and bathrooms it has, the exterior or interior (or both) sale photographs and also its most recent sale price. Said information is obtained via property website Realestate.com.au and rpdata.com.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia launch augmented reality app for home buyers | TweakTown.com


A CBA spokesperson has confirmed the information is made available publicly to anyone with the iPhone and its new app installed. There is no charge for using this facility (at this stage, at least). the CBA feels this is the way to go after noting results from a study by a media company initiative whereby it was determined that Australians are spending an average of 27 minutes a day online on their smartphones and that 70% of decisions in the home lending market have been made while online.

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