Posts Tagged ‘augmented reality’

Video: What Augmented Reality looks like on the iPad 2

March 15th, 2011

Fans of augmented reality (AR) won’t want to miss developments coming from German company Metaio who has put together a very cool demo using the iPad 2.

“We were really surprised to see how powerful the 3D hardware is,”  the company’s CTO Peter Meier told TNW. “It allows us to create really sophisticated virtual content and interaction concepts.”

The company believes tablets introduce new and great opportunities for AR, including businesses who could use it for professional uses such as sales, training and maintenance. For those who missed a recent example of AR being used in this fashion, check out this video.

“AR will become a part of our daily lives, when AR experiences meet people, where they spend most their time: inside their homes or inside their workspaces,” Meier told TNW. “The iPad is perfectly built for AR shopping and AR casual games.”

The Junaio AR browser is expected to launch for iPad 2 soon, but here is a demo video showing what it’s capable of:

[Cross-posted on Future of Media]

German magazine uses augmented reality in cover

August 19th, 2010

The German magazine called Sueddeutsche Zeitung has created what it calls the “the world’s first mobile augmented reality special magazine edition.”

The technology is called augmented reality and it’s really quite remarkable what is possible when it’s used in conjunction with a newspaper or magazine.

The Top 3 Most Engaging TED Talks

May 7th, 2010

I’m a huge fan of TED talks. I’ve written about the world-famous conference in the past, and will continue to share videos I find inspiring, thought-provoking and interesting.

For those of you not familiar with TED, it stands for “Technology, Entertainment, Design,” three subject areas that are shaping the future. Every year, some of the world’s greatest thinkers gather at TED to share their ideas via a 20-minute talk. The talks are popular in person, and online they’ve been viewed more than 250 million times, the TED blog says.

As a stat geek myself, I found this Postrank article to be particularly interesting.

“One of the benefits of aggregating tens of millions of engagement events every day is that it gives us here at PostRank ranking data that is applicable to virtually any resource on the web,” writes Postrank’s Ilya Grigorik. “We decided to run a quick experiment to determine what the most engaging TED talk is. We also wanted to know if the talks are consistent, or if they vary among different social networks.”

All the data is available here in a Google Spreadsheet, but below are the top 3 most engaging TED talks. And for those curious about who likes what: “Reddit readers seem to have a science bias, whereas Digg users love to digg visual presentations.”

1) Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation

2) Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps

3) Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology